Faculty / Staff Support Policy

 Helpdesk: x4480 (409-740-4480)
 CIS Front Desk: x4714 (409-740-4714)
 Email: helpdesk@tamug.edu



CIS Support For Faculty and Staff

Response Time

Requesting Support

Applications Support

Hardware Support

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Response Time

 Our support response time policy for CIS support (software application, computer hardware, data network, phone, help desk, etc) is:

•the majority (over 50%) of all support requests will be resolved by the close of the next working day

•95% of all support calls will be resolved with in 3 working days

•the customer will be notified of the status and expected completion date of any call that takes longer than 3 working days


If you put in a support call that isn’t resolved at the end of 3 working days and you don’t hear from CIS we encourage you to call us.

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Requesting Support

 The following methods can be used to request support. We have presented the options in the order that we think works best:


•Call and talk to help desk person at x4480 or x4714. They will enter the call in our help desk database and assign it to a technician.  If no one answers you will be prompted  to leave a message. Please leave your name, extension, location and a brief description of the problem. We will call back and confirm that we got your message.

•Email your problem to helpdesk@tamug.edu.  Please include your name, extension, location and a brief description of the problem.

•Drop by and see us in CLB 115.

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Applications Support

CIS is unable to meet all the requests we get for applications support in a timely manner and with a high level of expertise.  One problem is the large number of different  software applications used by the faculty, staff and students. We can’t be expert at all of them.
 
Our policy is to offer:
•the highest level of support for the software applications used by the majority of people on campus (Fully Supported).

•a lower level of support for software applications used by limited groups.  This is often software that was previously used by the majority of the staff but the majority of the  staff have shifted to a new package (Limited Support)

•as available support for products used only by a few people (Non Supported)


We will maintain a list of Fully and Limited supported products.
 
We will provide the following types of support for each level:
  
Fully Supported
         CIS will provide:

   •computer based training (CBT) and/or listings of locally available training

   •reference materials

   •consistent/high quality support

   •installation support


     Limited Support


   •training will have to be arranged externally by the individual

   •CIS will have limited experience with the applications and requests for support for these applications will have a lower priority

   •customers will be encouraged to switch to fully supported applications


     Non Supported


   •CIS will normally have no experience with the products

   •CIS will help on a time available basis, providing support to these applications will receive our lowest priority


     Fully Supported Software Applications


   •Windows 2000, XP

   •Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Front Page)

   •Internet Explorer 5.0 (and higher)

   •Outlook

   •Hummingbird (PC to Main Frame Connectivity – product for SIMS and FAMIS)                        

   •WS FTP

   •McAfee Anti-Virus software


     Limited Support Software Applications


   •Windows 98, Vista

   •Apple Macintosh OS

   •WordPerfect

   •Lotus

   •FoxPro

   •Paradox

   •Netscape internet browser and email

   •Norton Anti Virus

   •Eudora email

   •Pine email

   •Pegasus email

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Hardware Support


We will troubleshoot all hardware problems and try to identify the major component that has failed (computer, printer, monitor, etc.)  We have limited expertise, equipment  and parts to work on hardware. Our repairs are limited to changing major modules of the most common systems. Departments will be required to purchase OS and charged  for all parts that we use and for the full cost of repairs on any items sent out for repair. The following is our guideline on what we work on versus what we send out for repair.
 
 We will support standard IBM compatible PC workstations and servers at the following level.


   •Mother board replacement

   •Ram Upgrade

   •Video board replacement

   •Ethernet card replacement

   •Hard Drive Replacement

   •SCSI Hard drives

   •SCSI Scanners

   •SCSI CDROM drives


We can't get certain parts from some vendors (HP, Gateway), because we do not have service technicians certified by those companies. It is not cost effective to have our technicians certified. Machines with these part failures will also have to be sent out for service.  Machines under warranty will normally have parts available.

 We support Sun workstations and IBM RISC machines in the following manner:


   •Ram upgrade

   •Hard drive install and Tape backup systems installed

   •All monitors will be sent out for repair

   •All printers will be sent out for repair

   •All Macintosh computers will be sent out for repair after limited troubleshooting by the CIS staff

   •All other hardware is normally sent out for repair

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