Office Of Technology Administration

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which browser should I use?
For most Internet activities, any HTML browser in the Internet Explorer or Netscape family are adequate. Every browser has known inconsistencies with supporting HTML standards. This is why most computers come with a choice of browsers. It is sometimes difficult to tell if a problem is caused by a browser, software, or hardware, but usually it is best to try another browser before contacting ITC Help Desk. Here is a list of the latest browsers for Mac and PC:

Internet Explorer for Windows
Mozilla Firefox for Windows or MAC
Safari for MacOSX

What is the technology fee for?
At Xavier University of Louisiana the student technology fee supports the acquisition and ongoing maintenance of technology to enrich students'Äô academic experience as follows:

  • Network Infrastrucutre (wired and wireless)
  • Internet Bandwidth
  • Server and Storage Hardware
  • Xavier Desktop/Laptop/Mini Ipad computers in campus offices and library
  • Classroom Technology (Audio/Visual)
  • 100 Sheets of Free Printing per Semester
  • Digital Signs (electronic boards)
  • Licenses for:

Microsoft Office Suite for campus office and Open Lab computers
Banner Web
Online Payment
Banner Mobile (Ellucian Mobile)
Blackboard Learn System
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Blackboard Collaborate (virtual classroom)
Blackboard Transact (Xcard used for attendance, Dining Services,
Vending, Copying)
Symantec Antivirus software for campus office and Open Lab computers

  • Help Desk Services (student computers/tablets limited to network access issues)

Can I access the Xavier Website from my mobile device?
Yes you can veiw the website on your mobile smart phone device.

How do I know if I have a virus, and what should I do?
Sometimes is not always apparent if your computer is infected with a virus. Virii spread most commonly through e-mail attachments and can damage and disable your PC. If your computer is XU property, it has been loaded with anti-virus software, and will notify you if it is infected.

Many students make use of a personal computer within the Xavier network. In this case, if there is no anti-virus software to protect your computer, ITC strongly recommends you make use of our new service. To provide anti-virus help for you computer visit the following instructions. Please note that instructions can only be accessed, and the virus definitions are only updated when used inside of the Xavier network.

Alternately, someone may notify you their computer is infected and either sent it to you, or received it from you. In this case you should contact ITC Help Desk. Always use caution opening any e-mail attachments from people you don't know and use common sense opening files from people you do know.

Can somebody stop this spam?
Stopping spam (unwanted e-mail messages) is very difficult. Start by reviewing the Privacy Policies of sites before you submit your e-mail address. Privacy Policies may change without notice, and you may end up on a list, which is sold through get rich quick schemes to the spammer. These messages frequently contain unsubscribe instructions, which rarely result in being removed from the list. Ironically, you may just be affirming that the e-mail address is active, and your spam may increase.

Xavier University constantly updates its spam filters to help to minimize spam. Eliminating spam is unrealistic without diligence and consistency. If you do feel that the amount of spam you recieve is significantly out of control, please let the helpdesk know.

How can I connect to Xavier University from home?
Xavier University offers free dial up service for Faculty, Staff, and Students. Instructions for Windows and Mac are available through the ITC Help Desk webpage. Please note that the proper DNS settings are and

How do I configure my home computer or laptop?
ITC Help Deskhas instructions for configuration for Windows XP, 2000, and Mac OS 9. To set your Windows laptop for Network use will require a network card.

Why can I not login?
Please make sure you are using the correct user name and password.

Occasionally service of a Xavier Network service, such as Banner, Webmail, or Kronos may be temporarily not available. ITC tries to maintain 100% reliability, but asks that your retry after a short period of time and see if service has been restored.

Also probelms may be due to older browsers or operating systems. You should retry on a different computer (that meets our minimum system requirements) or browser (see above).

If you then need to contact ITC Help Desk, please have important information such as Operating System, browser type, and period of unavailability.