Campus resources

CU's Office of Information Technology: oit.colorado.edu

Need help getting your laptop working, access to an expensive program like Adobe Creative Suite or to print a paper fast?

The University of Colorado can hook you up.

One of the resources students can take advantage of is CU's software licenses, which allow CU students to download the licenses for computer programs like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and ChemDraw.

Juliet Luna works on her project in her physical computing class in the ATLAS Building.
Juliet Luna works on her project in her physical computing class in the ATLAS Building. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

"Even if it's not for free, with many of the programs, there is a discount or we can point students to how to get discounts," said Greg Stauffer with CU's Office of Information and Technology.

Stauffer said students have access to Google apps like Groups, Drive, Slides and Sites. They also can get Microsoft apps, including Office Online's suite of Word, PowerPoint and Excel, along with OneDrive, SharePoint and Teams.

Using their Gmail accounts, students can send documents from their mobile devices straight to any of the printing stations on campus.

Last year, after significant student feedback, OIT replaced the outdated Xerox printing system with Wepa — a more modern, redundant and scalable cloud-based solution. The new Wepa printing kiosks, located throughout campus, allow students to print easily from more devices and even cloud services.


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"It's valuable if you are just trying to print a paper and run to class," Stauffer said.

For those who need some direct tech instruction, Stauffer said, CU offers an online program called Lynda with training videos on a wide variety of topics, from business skills to software training.

CU also will continue to offer free, walk-in tech support in Norlin Library and at the Technology Learning Center for students with computer problems or who need help installing programs.

Stauffer said new students — or students who got some shiny new technology over the break — should swing by the Buff Techs outdoor tent in the week before classes start to register their laptops and devices.

And if you don't get to it before classes start, you can always register a device at the Technology Learning Center walk-in location during the school year.

Registration stickers often act as a theft-deterrent, Stauffer said, making the item difficult to pawn or sell quickly.

If someone does snatch your laptop or new iPhone, the registration information on make, model and serial number make it easier for police to identify recovered items and get them back to you.

For more information on these and other tech resources at CU, visit colorado.edu/oit.

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