10 Things New People Need To Know

If You’re New To the Purdue Community…

>> The Protect Purdue Web Site

Here are 10 Things You Need To Know:

1. Purdue ID Card

You’ll need a Purdue ID card — a plastic card with your picture and PUID number. You can get one at the Card Services Office in Hovde Hall (610 Purdue Mall), Room 14.

“The PUID printed on your Purdue ID card may be used to determine eligibility for services such as use of the Purdue Libraries, academic privileges, access to a computing career account, email privileges, CityBus services and more.”

 Purdue IDCard Pete 

2. Career Account

You’ll need a Purdue Career Account — A Purdue career account gives you access to IT resources:

    • SuccessFactors Employee self-service (with two-factor authentication / BoilerKey)
    • BANNER Student System
    • Brightspace LMS
    • Email
    • Purdue computer labs
    • PAL & EDUROAM wireless networks
    • College of Education office computers
    • Many other Purdue resources that require an ID and password

Two factor Duo and Microsoft authentication required for many Purdue systems.

BoilerKey Help: https://www.purdue.edu/securepurdue/identity-access/boilerkey/index.php

If you are faculty/staff, most likely your department + EdIT has already initialized your career account for you.

If you are a graduate or undergraduate student, contact ITaP via phone, email, or in person (see this link) for assistance initializing your career account. You probably received information about your career account via the mail.

Click here for more info about career accounts.

3. Email Account

You’ll need a Purdue Email Account

If you are faculty/staff in the College of Education, contact EdIT for help setting up your Purdue email account so you can start reading email ASAP. Be sure to set up your career account first! Faculty and staff members will be using Microsoft Office 365 email + Microsoft Outlook.

If you are a non-staff graduate or undergraduate student, contact ITaP via phone, email, or in person (see this link) for help getting started with email on the Purdue Student Email System.

Career account dashboard:

Once you have email –> get signed up for College of Education mailing lists!

4. College of Education IT Resources

Feel free to make use of College of Education IT Resources! …

  • Mailing Lists: Get signed up for College of Education mailing lists!
  • Departmental file servers (the U: drive) are available for in-house collaboration within BRNG
    • College and departmental historical documents reside locally on this server.
    • If your workgroup needs a file share that is accessible outside of the building, contact EdIT.
  • Edu Intranet Search Engine – locate sites and resources used administratively within academic departments & programs, and administrative College offices.
  • TRC – Teaching Resource Center – library, computer lab, equipment checkout (BRNG 3287) – your Teacher Education home on the WL campus!
  • GART – Graduate Activity Reporting Tool (contact the Education Graduate Studies Office)
  • Agenda Builder – manage committees, work schedules and agendas online (About)
  • Instructional Facilities (contact Mike Harrington)
  • Videoconferencing technical assistance (contact Mike Harrington)
  • Software: Windows 10 and and Office 365 – are supported on COE computers
  • User Services Notes:
    • Please contact us to make an appointment this semester as we are not offering unscheduled drop-ins due to COVID-19.
    • Please contact EdIT before moving computers and furniture!!!
    • Please use EDUROAM or PAL Wi-Fi for all personally owned computers!
      –> NOTE: Our wired network is reserved for Purdue-owned computers only.
    • We can assist with configuration of Purdue Wi-Fi and Email.
    • Graduate Assistant office computers can be used only by College of Education GAs.

5. IT Security & Policy

  • BoilerKey – Two factor authentication — Deployed to the entire campus.
  • Microsoft Multifactor authentication — Office 365 apps
  • Purdue IT Policy: IT Resource and Information Assets Acceptable Use Policy
  • The SecurePurdue web site for security guidelines and tips:  https://www.purdue.edu/securepurdue
  • Get signed up for the Purdue Emergency Warning Notification System – Purdue ALERT (You are automatically signed up for email alerts when your Purdue career account is created, HOWEVER you can also sign up for cell phone text-message alerts.)
  • Cyber Security Tips:
    • WATCH FOR SCAMS!!! — Purdue is continually being targeted by email scams.  Please do not respond to email messages asking for your Purdue career account and password.  Purdue will never ask for your password via email.  Be alert for password stealing email and web site scams impersonating Purdue web sites and do not log into them!
    • Avoid opening unsolicited email attachments, or downloading programs from the Internet and installing them on Purdue-owned computers.
    • Be careful about publishing your personal information on the Internet! What happens on the Internet STAYS on the Internet.
    • Don’t un-subscribe from spam or they’ll know yours is a valid email address.
    • On personally owned computers, use anti-virus software that is provided free via the Purdue Community Hub (or use other freely available software) and enable your computer’s firewall.
  • Click Here for More Security Tips from the Purdue Education IT Team (PDF)

See also:

Cyber Security Tips from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

Purdue IT Policies
( Notable Reading: Purdue IT Resource Acceptable Use Policy )

6. Backup!

Remember to maintain multiple backups of critically important data!

Check out our Backup web page for general info and recommendations. Basically, we recommend that you purchase at least TWO offline external storage devices for backing up your personal / professional data…and mirror them!  If you fall victim to ransomware, you’ll be glad you have an offline backup.  When using portable drives, ALWAYS make multiple copies of your data/documents!  Storage devices such as flash drives do fail: Cartoon.  Use whole-disk encryption to secure your backup drives (such as BitLocker for Windows, or FileVault for MacOS).
See: Best Practices from SecurePurdue

7. Select Purdue Campus-wide IT Resources & Systems

8. Assessment Tools

The Purdue Teacher Education Program (TEP) uses the Assessment Portal to perform Key Assessments that are required for accountability reporting.  Users with Purdue career accounts can log into the system here:

Teacher Education Assessment Portal

Need help with the TEP Assessment Portal?

Please contact:   Swagata Sarkar

9. General Purdue Information

10. EdIT Contact Info

Education IT – the College of Education IT team

The best way to reach us is via our shared team email address:


Contact info for Graduate Students

Contact Info for Faculty

Submit A Ticket to Education IT online: I Need IT Help!