Informational Systems & Educational Technology

OHSU Acceptable Use of Computing and Telecommunications Resources

OHSU Policies

All users with OHSU network and e-mail accounts must read and abide by the OHSU Acceptable Use of Computing and Telecommunications Resources policy. A link to the policy is provided. Please take a moment to read and understand the policy.

Acceptable Computer Use policy


OHSU uses Microsoft Exchange for our e-mail and calendar systems.

  • For help with your e-mail account and access, you may contact the OHSU ITG Helpdesk at 503 494-2222, Mon – Fri from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • OHSU provides an e-mail account for all current students and creates cohort specific e-mails lists that are utilized to communicate specifically with OHSU students and student groups.  OHSU units like Financial Aid, Billing, Registrar, along with program faculty, and staff will communicate important student information to the OHSU provided e-mail address only.   It is expected that every student maintain and regularly check the OHSU provided e-mail account in order to receive critical student updates.
  • Outlook Web Access: Works best and has added functionality when using Microsoft Internet Explorer. However, you may also use Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari.
  • Email may also be accessed using Microsoft Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2011 (MAC) and on mobile devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad or Android based tablets and phones.

Go to OHSU Outlook web access to log in to your mailbox

  • Creating "rules" to forward e-mail to a personal account is prohibited by policy. All students are expected to log in and use their OHSU Outlook account.


The School of Nursing uses Sakai to deliver online course content to our students.

  • An updated browser is required to access Sakai.
Go to Sakai log-in
  • Sakai is supported by our University's Academic Technology Group. You can find more information about Sakai on their web pages. 
  • If you need help with Sakai, you can contact the Sakai Helpdesk at 877 972-5249.

Distance Education Courses


The School delivers many of our courses to a distance over the internet. To participate, students will use Adobe Connect using a web camera on an internet-connected computer for the video/ presentations and will be required to connect by phone for audio. NOTE: Land line is recommended for optimal audio. Cellular phones are not recommended as they may not provide clear connections or may incur additional charges. Please plan to call in for Adobe/Webinar classes following the instructions below in order to participate through our audio system. You will want to make sure that you have a functional web camera as well. This system will allow students to participate during the live class time. We require students to test out their AV technology connections prior to the first class and we are happy to assist in any way we can.

If you do not use a dedicated phone line and incur trouble with a connection, OHSU SON will NOT be held liable for technology difficulties. School of Nursing course fees are non-refundable. 

Accessing the Adobe Connect  Web Conferencing System For SON Students


Microsoft Office

It is expected that all students, faculty and staff use the Microsoft Office Suite. Products such as Apple iWorks, Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Works, or OpenOffice are not acceptable alternatives. Academic Versions of the Office Professional are available at a significantly discounted rate for students. The following are acceptable versions of Microsoft Office;

  • Office 2007 or Office 2010 for Windows
  • Office 2008 or Office 2011 for MAC

HARDWARE Requirements

The hardware you choose to use should exceed the minimum requirements for Microsoft Office 2007. Any new computer purchased today will exceed these recommendations.  If purchasing a used computer, the School of Nursing recommends that it meet the following criteria;

Windows Vista or Windows 7

  • 3.0Ghz Intel Pentium 4 equivalent or newer
  • 2Gb of RAM (4Gb preferred)
  • 160Gb or larger hard drive.
Windows vs MAC: The School of Nursing is a Microsoft Windows environment.  Software required for some courses, may not come in a version for the MAC or there may be differences in functionality between the two versions.

If you choose to use a MAC, you need to be prepared to deal with these issues when they arise in order to fully participate in all coursework requirements. Newer MACs with the Intel processor can run a Windows environment though Boot Camp, Parallels or Fusion VMWare. However, the cost of the related software and a Windows license can be a very expensive option. Apple sells a number of adapters necessary to connect your MacBook to an external video projector and television. You will need to purchase these and bring them with you when using your MacBook for class presentations.

NETBOOKS are not acceptable as a primary computing device. They are made to keep a person connected by primarily providing access to the Internet, website browsing, and email. In order to conserve power and extend battery life, most are underpowered to run Microsoft Office 2007 and do not include DVD drives, which makes installation of additional software difficult.

OTHER Devices

There are a number of really cool portable devices on the market which provide easy and instant access to the information, digital media and the Internet. Such devices include Palms, eReaders/Kindles, iPods/iPads, iPhones and other SmartPhones.

The School of Nursing encourages innovation and the use of these devices where possible. However, as much as we love these devices for what they can do, they can’t do everything. If you use these devices, be aware that your assigned coursework will dictate that they be used in conjunction with a good computer or laptop.

OHSU Resources

The Information Technology Group has some additional resources for you to check out that includes "How To's" and links for purchasing academically discounted hardware and software.