New Administrators


As a newly hired administrator, you will receive Lafayette credentials and directions for setting your password. Your Lafayette credentials are used for email, Spaces, Banner Self-Service, wireless access, logging into public computers, and most other campus services.

Change your password

The Password Change Utility allows you to change or reset your Lafayette password.

If you haven’t already, you should:

  1. Read ITS guidelines regarding strong passwords, then think of a new one.
  2. Change your password

Update your alternate email address

In the event you have forgotten your password, you must have an alternate email address associated with your account to complete the password reset. The password change utility allows you to manage your alternate email address.

Using two-step login

Two-step login, also known as two-factor authentication, protects your Lafayette NetID by adding a second step when authenticating to applications that use single sign-on (SSO). It provides an additional layer of security so that attackers can’t access protected systems with only your NetID.

Access to services

Do I need different accounts for email and other various services?

In general, no. An account and username (commonly called a NetID) is automatically created for you when you begin working at Lafayette. Your NetID and password together are often referred to as your Lafayette credentials. These credentials give you access to accounts for email, Samba (network storage), Moodle (course management system), Spaces, Banner Self-Service (for access to your payroll information and for class lists, grade submission, etc.), the full campus directory, and other services. In special circumstances, you may need a different local account for a particular service, but those are rare.

The most effective way to to see and access available services is to use your My Lafayette portal, which aggregates nearly all important links and services in one location.

College Portal

Located at my.lafayette.edu, the campus portal provides single sign-on and a starting point for various online services — including Moodle, Spaces, Webmail, Google for Education, and Banner Self-Service.

See more at Learn how to customize your portal.

How do I get started with Webmail?

Use your Lafayette credentials to access your account at Webmail. More information about using Webmail can be found at Zimbra Webmail Basics.

Can I set up my Lafayette email, calendar and contacts on my smartphone?

Lafayette’s email and calendaring system, Zimbra, provides real-time, wireless synchronization of email, contacts, and calendar information between the server and most smartphones. While we can’t support individual devices, we do provide documentation for accessing email, contacts, and calendar on a Smartphone.

Create, store, and share files with Google for Education

Lafayette provides all students access to the Google for Education Suite. You can use G-Suite to create, store, documents as well as work collaboratively with fellow Administrators and Faculty across institutions.

You can also access G-Suite from my.lafayette.edu, in the “Connect to My Accounts” block.

GMail is not currently in use. To access email, please see Accessing your Lafayette Email, Contacts, and Calendars.

Lafayette file shares

In addition to Google Drive storage with Google for Education, everyone at Lafayette gets 1GB worth of space to store files on a network file share.

File shares are convenient because it allows you to work on a document, save and close it, then reopen it from another computer. Unlike a thumb drive, you cannot misplace your network storage, plus it’s backed up every night. Access to your network space is available in a variety of ways and on a variety of devices. See Accessing Lafayette File Shares for more information.

Can I use Remote Access VPN?

VPN access is available for College employees. For additional information and installation directions, take a look at the VPN at Lafayette help document.

Security

What sort of computer virus protection does the College provide?

Current versions of anti-virus software are installed on all College-owned computers, see Anti-virus for more information.

What about spam and phishing emails?

All incoming email is checked for spam and harmful attachments by the College’s Proofpoint anti-spam appliance. A default policy is applied to all email accounts, but each user has the ability to change the way Proofpoint deals with their email. For details, see Customizing Your Proofpoint Anti-Spam Settings.

While Proofpoint is effective, it is not perfect, and some spam, or malicious phishing messages, may slip through even a stringent filter. As such, the best advice is simply to be vigilant and careful before opening any email that seems remotely suspicious, even if it was sent by someone you know. This is especially true if the message includes an attachment or a link.

Additional Security Resources and Information

Additional information about safe computing and security best practices, see Security.

Get Help

Is training available for software and hardware?

We recommend using the College’s subscription to Lynda.com for training on a wide array of software (e.g., Excel, Photoshop, Audacity, etc.) and related techniques (e.g., creating infographics and podcasts). You can log in with your Lafayette credentials.

In some instances, it may be possible for the Instructional Technology team to work with you to develop or offer limited training or targeted help documentation or resources, depending on your needs.  For more information, talk with Jason Simms (simmsj@lafayette.edu) or Greta Bergstresser (bergstrg@lafayette.edu).

Help Desk

For nearly all support needs that involve a problem with equipment or services, such as your desktop computer, email, or course website, you should first contact the Help Desk at help@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5501.

It’s important to emphasize that this is a useful and necessary first step for anything that seems to be malfunctioning or otherwise not working as you might expect. Using the Help Desk accomplishes two things: first, they may be able to resolve your issue immediately and more quickly than contacting ITS staff directly, and second, doing so will generate a ticket that we can track to ensure your issue is resolved promptly and that provides us with useful data to recognize issues that occur frequently or may indicate a broader problem. If the Help Desk cannot solve your issue immediately, ITS staff will be contacted and will follow up with you directly.