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.
Coming in February, security enhancements to VDesktop and the Villanova Gateway access are being implemented to further protect your account and the Villanova Network. These enhancements include two-factor authentication from off campus connections to vDesktop and the Villanova Gateway. For more information about two-factor authentication and instructions, click here.
The Villanova Blackboard system was upgraded in December providing fixes and enhancements in the modules below:
As part of the Microsoft's Office365 service offering, Sway is now availalbe. You can save time and easily create engaging, eye-catching interactive reports, presentations, and more which flow responsively across all device types. Sway can be used for interactive lessons, assignments, project recaps, newsletters and more. The Villanova community can have fun while learning and stay engaged by using Sway to breathe new life into reports, assignments, projects, study materials, and portfolios. Find out more here.
NOVA Alert delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and weather updates to any mobile device or email you choose to register. When an incident or emergency occurs, authorized senders will notify you using NOVA Alert. Current Faculty, Staff and Students can login at myNova and Click Personal Information, Click on Nova Alert & Cell Phone Information and Enter your information. Your Villanova email and the cell phone information will be entered into the Nova Alert system
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in a critical effort to protect minors, enacted ACT 153 of the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) in 2014. In compliance with this Act, Villanova requires employees and volunteers who have direct contact with minors, as defined by law, undergo three criminal background checks. Faced with the challenge of managing the implications of this law, UNIT was invited to provide a technical solution to accomplish this massive undertaking. Accordingly, in partnership with the Compliance Office, numerous organizations and UNIT, a team convened to accomplish this mission. A solution within the Banner database was developed to streamline and manage the data involved. The key components of PA153 requires the entry of each of the background checks into Banner, maintaining and managing student volunteer groups to ensure compliance, secure document storage and review, and a secure self-service module for students to upload their documents.
Some of the vital challenges involved in the project include processing the copious amount of paperwork, carefully maintaining criteria for volunteers to be approved, preserving documents according to the Act in case of auditing, reviewing documents for disqualification and managing PA153 compliance for volunteer groups. Additionally, a method was designed to allow individuals to manage their own compliance. Once the information is entered into the system, faculty, staff and students are able to view the status of their PA153 documents through a secure self-service module within MyNova.
The IRS, the states and the tax industry urge you to be safe online and remind you to take important steps to help protect your tax and financial information and guard against identity theft. Treat your personal information like cash – don’t hand it out to just anyone. Here are some best practices you can follow to protect your tax and financial information: