Unit Updates, April 2014

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CBORD Mobile ID is available as an app from the App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, students, staff or faculty open the app to use their smartphones to access readers instead of presenting their Wildcards’. An enhancement added in April will extend the application use to laundry and vending readers. Students, staff or faculty can simply enter the CBORD Mobile ID Location Number (found on the Location ID decal at each enabled location) or use the select function on the app to choose a machine then swipe the card icon on their smart phone. The transaction is completed exactly as it would with a Wildcard is presentation


New Center for Instructional Technology Site

The Center for Instructional Technology has redesigned their website to emphasize the importance of using online learning tools and instructional design.  The value of each online learning tool is discussed along with ways to use them in and out of the classroom.  The new site can be found at http://www.villanova.edu/blackboard

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Email Phishing

Using email safely is ultimately about common sense. If a message sounds suspicious or too good to be true, it is most likely an attack.  Simply delete the message. In most cases, simply opening an email or reading a message is safe. For most attacks to work you have to do something after reading the message, such as opening the attachment, clicking on the link or responding to the request for information. To protect yourself, keep the following in mind.

Just because a message appears to come from a friend or someone you know does not mean the message is safe. Cyber criminals may have infected their computer, hacked their account or spoofed their “from” address.  If you are suspicious about a message from someone you know call the person to verify if it was truly them that sent it.

Be suspicious of any email directed to “Dear Customer” or some other generic salutation.

Be skeptical of any message that requires “immediate action,” creates a sense of urgency or threatens to shut down your account.

Be suspicious of messages that claim to be from an official organization but have grammar or spelling mistakes. Most organizations have professional writers and do not make these mistakes.

Before you click on a link “hover” your mouse over it. This will display the true destination of where you would go.  Confirm that the destination displayed matches the destination in the email and that it is going to the organization’s legitimate website.                 

Typing the website into your browser is even better. For example, if you get an email from your bank asking you to update your bank account, do not click on the link.  Instead, type your bank’s website in your browser, then  log into the website directly.

Be careful with attachments and only open those you were expecting.  Cyber criminals can send you infected attachments that can potentially bypass your anti-virus.

If you get a message and you are not sure if it is an attack, contact UNIT’s Help Desk. A representative is available M-Th from 9-7 and 9-5 on Fridays @ 610-519-7777; or Email us @ support@villanova.edu.

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Mandatory Self Reporting

In partnership,  Human Resources and UNIT successfully implemented two new  Government mandated self-reporting processes: Voluntary Reporting of Disabilities and Voluntary Self-Identification of Protected Veteran Status.   Early this Spring, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) approved the Voluntary Self-identification of Disability form required by the Section 503 Final Rule.  This form  became effective on March 24, 2014.   Because Villanova qualifies as a federal contractor, we must reach out to, hire, and provide equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities.   This form is part of this process. 

Furthermore, as a Government contractor, Villanova University is subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, 38 U.S.C. 4212 (VEVRAA), which requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment: (1) disabled veterans; (2) recently separated veterans; (3) active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans; and (4) Armed Forces service medal veterans.  A new Voluntary Self-identification of Protected Veteran Status has been developed and is now available through  the  MyNova Portal.    

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