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Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community.  Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.


Banner 9 Upgrade

Banner 9 is Here!  Please visit to register for Banner 9 training sessions which will enable a seamless transition to the new interface.  All users will be expected to access Banner 9 Administrative Pages only.  All Banner 8 Villanova custom forms will be upgraded to Banner 9 by March 31, 2020.   

The Banner 9 upgrade provides major benefits including:

  • Ends dependency on IE & allows for full browser support 
  • Greatly simplifies the upgrade process for administrators
  • The user interface is modernized and very intuitive 
  • Mobile friendly
  • Integrated with Single Sign On
  • End the dependency on Java

Campus Wired Network Refresh

The Campus Wired Refresh project is well underway! Villanova’s existing data and voice wired infrastructure is being upgraded for the bandwidth demands and growth needs of the wired network. Replacement of all legacy wired switches will future-proof the University’s network and provide for extremely faster ethernet speeds. The project’s scope includes upgrades to existing data/phone cabling and wired switch replacements. These upgrades will also prepare for the move to the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), in which new digital phones will connect over the network instead of the old telephone system. 

To minimize disruption, remaining buildings will be upgraded according to schedule, with a completion timeframe of June 2020. UNIT will work with building managers and will communicate all upgrades.


Mobile Phone (AVST) App

Did you know that you could place, receive, and manage your office line calls with an iPhone, all while protecting your mobile number, with AVST Mobile?  The AVST Mobile phone app can boost personal productivity while on the move. Through the app, you can listen to, delete, save messages, record your greetings, enable/disable your out of office greeting and more. To use the AVST Mobile App, search for AVST Mobile on Google Play or the App Store.  Once you download the app, click here to setup your profile.  


Cloud Storage Offerings

UNIT offers cloud file storage options to provide secure & cloud-based storage for documents and files. Multiple platforms are available including Microsoft OneDrive for Business in Office365 and Dropbox.  The key benefits include access from anywhere (any browser and any device), quick and easy file sharing. and provides a secure location.

  • Office 365 provides students, faculty, and staff with free, cloud-based storage called OneDrive.  
  • Villanova Dropbox is a secure cloud-based storage service available to faculty, and staff with built-in features for files to be easily stored, edited, and shared from any device that has a web browser.

For more information and to request Dropbox access, click here.  


IT Security: Data Privacy Champion

January 28 is designated as “National Data Privacy Day.” The Data Privacy Day Champion program is a way to officially show support. Champions represent those dedicated to empowering individuals and encouraging businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. Data Privacy Day is the signature event in a greater privacy awareness and education effort. Year-round, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) educates consumers on how they can own their online presence and shows organizations how privacy is good for business. NCSA’s privacy awareness campaign is an integral component of STOP. THINK. CONNECT. ™ ‒ the global online safety, security and privacy campaign.  As part of Data Privacy day, please use the information contained in Stay Safe Online for Updating your Privacy Settings for all of your devices and online services.  Maintaining your privacy online is an essential component of protecting your identity.  Information is available on the website at

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