Information Technology

  • Student Laptop Requirements

    All Dean students are required to have their own laptop and 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 laptops meeting the minimum requirements listed below:

    Minimum requirements for laptops running Microsoft Windows:

    • Windows 10

    • 802.11n minimum. 802.11ac is preferred

    • Browser: Latest versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox or Chrome

    Minimum requirements for MAC computers:

    • Mac OSX Yosemite is minimum requirement, however most recent version of OS is always recommended.

    • 802.11n minimum, 802.11ac preferred

    • Browsers: Safari can be used, however FireFox should also be installed for use with Dean systems. 

    Other recommendations:

    • USB Flash Drive 1GB 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 the operating system must be re-installed, the TSC will need these disks.

    Tablet Computers:

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

    Personal Printers:

    • All students are expected to have a personal printer to print assignments.

    • Your printer must be connected to your laptop by USB or other cable. (Wireless printers are not permitted)


    Microsoft Office: Dean provides students with a complimentary subscription to Microsoft Office 365. The subscription is available to all students with an active Dean E-mail address. Microsoft Office 365 runs on Windows, Mac, smart phones and tablets (Including iPads and iPhones).

    To get your free download, go to Log in using your Dean username and password and click the download button. 

    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.

    Windows 10: Run Windows Defender in the background at all times.

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

    Campus Digital TV

    To access cable television in your residence hall room, your TV must have a Built-In-QAM tuner

    TVs without a QAM tuner WILL NOT WORK. Check the Technical Specifications of your TV prior to your arrival on campus.

    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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