Information Technology

  • Student Laptop Requirements

    All Dean College students are required to have with their own laptop computer and a personal printer. The make and model of the computer and printer you choose is a matter of personal choice. 

    The Technology Service Center (TSC) supports only laptops meeting the minimum requirements listed below:

    Minimum requirements for laptops running Microsoft Windows:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 
    • 802.11 N compliant WiFi adapter required.

    NOTE: The TSC does not support computers running Windows XP or Vista.

    Minimum requirements for Macintosh computers:

    • Mac OSX Mountain Lion
    • 802.11 N compliant Wi-Fi adapte
    • To be compatible will all Systems at Dean, Mac users should have both Safari and FireFox installed as browsers.

    Other recommendations:

    • USB Flash Drive 2GB or greater 
    • Multi-year service plan with laptop manufacturer
    • Surge protector
    • Bring the Manufacturer’s Restore CDs you received with your laptop. If your computer fails and needs the operating system reinstalled, the Technology Service Center will need these disks
    • 802.11 AC compliant WiFi adapter is recommended. (This will take advantage of future campus WiFi enhancements.)

    Tablet Computers

    Tablets are not recommended as the primary computer for students and should only be considered as a secondary tool. Laptops are best suited for completing assignments and for compatibility with Dean on-line resources.

    If you have specific questions about a tablet, please contact the Technology Service Center at 508-541-1633.

    Personal Printers

    All students are expected to have a personal printer to print class assignments. Wireless printers are not permitted. Your printer must be connected to your laptop by USB (or other) cable.


    Microsoft Office:

    Dean provides students with a complimentary subscription to Microsoft Office 365 for Students. The subscription is available to all students with an active Dean College email address. Microsoft Office 365 runs on Windows, Mac, phones and tablets, including iPhone and iPad. 

    To register with Microsoft for your free download, go the Technology Service Center page on Today@Dean and click on the link “Students Register for Free Office 365” located under 'Site Links'. Instructions for registering and downloading can be found under the 'Shared Documents' section of this web page.

    Virus Protection

    It is important for all student computers to have up-to-date virus protection software installed, running, and configured to automatically update. Viruses can be devastating to your documents and computer. If you have a virus, the TSC may need to keep your computer for several days. There is no guarantee it can be restored to correct working order.  

    If you are using Windows 8 or 10: Keep Windows Defender running in the background at all times. 

    If you are using Windows 7: Download Microsoft Security Essentials This software is free at  

    Macs are not immune to viruses. It is highly recommended that all Mac users run virus protection.

    Intellectual Property Rights

    Dean College respects the intellectual property rights of others and we ask our users to do the same. 

    You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way copyrighted or other proprietary materials without obtaining the prior written consent of the copyright owner of such materials. We may, in appropriate circumstances and at our discretion, deny access to a site or service or disable and/or terminate the accounts of any user who is alleged to have infringed the intellectual property or proprietary rights of another.

    If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please furnish our Designated Agent written notice with the following information:

    • an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other interest;

    • a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;

    • a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the site;

    • your address, telephone number, and email address;

    • a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, its agent, or the law;

    • a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and, that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.

    Our Designated Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement can be reached as follows: 

    Locke Lord, LLP

    If the disputed materials were posted by a third party identifiable through reasonable efforts, we will provide reasonable notice to the third party of the charge. If the third party responds with a valid counter-notification, we will provide you with a copy so that you may take any other steps you may consider appropriate.

    If you are seeking permission to use Dean College trademarks, logos, service marks, trade dress, slogans, screen shots, copyrighted designs, or other brand features, including any such item submit requests to

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