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ITS Updates: Fall 2018

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ITS is rolling out new updates before the semester ends! Get an Office 365 upgrade, note important dates, be sure to complete your course evaluations, and more.

Free Access to Microsoft Office Applications

The Office 365 suite of applications is now available for free! You can install it on multiple personal devices (Windows or Mac) and Office apps on mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads. Office 365 Pro Plus will replace the previous MS Office 2016 application. To install this upgrade, please check out the instructions for Windows or Mac users. Windows users who have the existing MS Office will need to uninstall that version in order to use Office 365.

Blackboard Will Be Unavailable in Late December

From 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, through Sunday, December 30, until 6:00 p.m., Blackboard will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. Advanced planning is important because the downtime will occur a few days after the end of the fall semester (Thursday, December 21) and just prior to the beginning of the January Intersession (Wednesday, January 2). Do your best to submit necessary work beforehand!

Email Storage Increase

The available storage quota for student mailboxes just got upgraded from 4GB to 5GB! The additional storage space will allow you to store more emails than before, therefore reducing the frequency at which you need to delete old emails to make space.

Course Evaluations

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace. We urge all students to participate. Further details and instructions regarding the course evaluation process (through the new system called Blue) will be sent to your Pace email address when the period opens on the dates below:

  • >> Dyson, Lubin, and Seidenberg: Friday, November 30, through Friday, December 14
  • >> School of Education: Friday, November 30, through Friday, December 21
  • >> The College of Health Professions is currently still piloting the new system. Any questions should be directed to the contact listed below.

If you have any questions, please email the appropriate school administrator:

Grades for this semester will be delayed until Friday, December 28, for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above. Note: this grade delay currently applies to Dyson and Lubin courses only.

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law uses Scates for their course evaluations. Law students will receive an email from IOTA starting at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. Law students should complete their evaluations by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, in order to receive their exam number. 

How to Avoid Being Scammed

Every day, scammers devise new ways to try to fool unsuspecting students into divulging sensitive information or granting requests that compromise system access. These social engineering attacks can come in the form of an email (phishing), phone call (voice phishing or 'vishing'), text message, social networking message, or from someone in person. Attackers will try to manipulate the targeted individual to provide unauthorized access or reveal sensitive information. Read more about how you can protect your information!

For more information, please visit the ITS website. If you have questions, email the ITS Help Desk, call at (914) 773-3333, or submit a ticket request for assistance.