Eastern Michigan University

Working Remotely

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, EMU has instituted a policy that all EMU employees who have not been otherwise informed or designated by their supervisor will be expected to work remotely.  Accordingly, EMU employees need to prepare to work remotely.

At this time, EMU employees are expected to work remotely until further notice. University email is the official form of communication for all EMU employees – so all EMU employees are expected to monitor it for updates. Please also continue to check EMU’s COVID-19 website for further information and updates. 

EMU IT has numerous resources available for working remotely.

    1. AnyConnect VPN. VPN is a secure connection required to access some EMU systems like Banner, WebXtender, and the Z: drive. (NOTE: VPN connections require Duo authentication, but a Duo prompt does not display on the page.)
    2. University Licensed Software. Employees are eligible to install certain software (like Microsoft Office) on their personal computers free of charge.  Please refer to IT’s University Licensed Software page for details.

    3. Google Hangouts Meet (meet.google.com)  Initiate, or participate in, video meetings with others.

    4. Google Hangouts Chat (chat.google.com)  Send and receive instant messages between individuals or a group.

    5. Google Drive (drive.google.com)  Access your files from anywhere.

    6. Jabber Jabber is a softphone (software phone) application that you can use to make and to receive phone calls from your computer as if you were calling from your campus phone.

    7. Managing VoIP Calls and VoiceMail
    8. Zoom  (emich.zoom.us or within Canvas)  Similar to Google Hangouts Meet but with additional functionality like breakout rooms, waiting rooms, and whiteboards.  Instructors who wish to use Zoom for delivering course content are encouraged to use Zoom from within Canvas. Individuals who already have a personal Zoom account registered with their emich.edu email address are encouraged to login at emich.zoom.us to convert their account to a University licensed account. Visit Zoom Video Conferencing for additional details.

      Note:  Given the sudden, widespread implementation of Zoom, there have been several highly publicized  security concerns . Zoom is working to address these issues. See Securing Your Zoom Meetings for I.T.'s recommendations for securing your meetings.
Division of Information Technology

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Ypsilanti, MI 48197