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your computer and the wou network

Every residence hall room on the WOU campus is set-up to access the WOU network. All rooms are both hard-wired and have wireless access. Please keep in mind the following information when preparing to arrive on campus with your computer.


  • Before attending WOU, please update your Antivirus and operating system just before your arrival on campus. This should be done even on newly purchased computer to ensure that the latest updates have been installed on your machine. If you do not know how to do this, Residential Computing is available for assistance. They can also recommend and or install free antivirus solutions. 
  • Please remove any Peer to Peer (P2P) software from your computer. P2P software is generally used to download illegal content such as movies and music – and therefore prohibited on residential computers. WOU does not allow students to register computers with P2P software installed. Such applications include, but are not limited to LimeWire, FrostWire, Bearshare, Morpheus, KazaA and BitTorrent.  For more on this please see: Residential Computing Policies.
  • REMEMBER – If you are a residential student and you have questions or need help with your computer, Residential Computing is here to help you!  Contact them in the Summer from 8 am – 5 pm, and 8 am – 7 pm throughout the Academic Year.
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OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 or better.

Wired or wireless network card.

A recognized antivirus program with an updated subscription.

Mac OS X 10.5 (with the most recent updates installed) or better.

Wired or wireless network card.

 Be sure to clear your computer of any viruses before arriving on campus.

Check in with Residential Computing throughout the summer for any updates that might be needed on your machine prior to arrival on campus.

Review the WOU Acceptable Use policy.

See the Residence Hall Student Computer Security policy. (Click on Information Technology under FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION)

GOOD NEWS Residential students. When you live on campus, YOUR tech support is FREE!.
Personal Networking devices are prohibited. Do NOT bring wireless routers, switches or hubs with you to WOU. Residential students are not allowed to use any kind of personal networking equipment.


Once you arrive on campus with your computer you have two options to use to access the WOU network:
Wired or Wireless.


Connect the provided network cable to your computer and to the data jack in your room.
Simply select WOU Secure from the list of available Internet sources.


REMEMBER – nothing is ever truly private in an online environment. While utilizing the university’s computer system, be aware and develop some good practices to keep your information – and you, safe.

  1. Use strong passwords.
  2. Keep your operating system and anti-virus software up to date.
  3. Use caution when opening attachments or clicking on links that you did not ask for
  4. Do not reply to emails asking for any personal information such as passwords, account information, etc.
  5. Do not share your passwords with anyone.
  6. Be mindful when doing research online. YOU are responsible for content that  you choose to download. COPYRIGHTS DO APPLY TO ONLINE INFORMATION as well as those in print.




  • e-mail Residential Computing:  rescomp@wou.edu
  • Call the Res-Comp computer lab: 503-838-9201
  • Visit the Residential Computing website: ResComp




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