The mission of Information Technology Department is to provide a secure, stable, and reliable information technology infrastructure. IT Staff members will plan and implement, serve, and support the technology needs of the Institute and facilitate creativity in teaching, learning, and communication for the VMI community through the use of competitive and emerging technologies.
The VMI local area network (LAN) runs under a Microsoft Windows and a Nortel network infrastructure. The network provides electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics, writing analysis, compilers, statistical packages, and a variety of other software, and is for the cadets and faculty. It also provides access to Datatel Colleague, an integrated database management system, which supports the financial, human resources, and student systems. The supported office package is Microsoft Office. This package includes Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheet applications), Access (database applications), PowerPoint (presentation software), and Outlook (e-mail) which is also web accessible. VMI currently has thirteen microcomputer labs to support instruction. A general lab is in each of four academic buildings, a CADE and CEC lab to support mechanical engineering, two electrical engineering labs, a civil engineering lab, a GIS lab, a SUN workstation lab to support computer science, a new lab for modern languages, and a lab in Preston Library for teaching and training.
VMI furnishes a significant number of computers for cadet use in academic buildings and laboratories. VMI does not furnish computers for individual cadet use in Barracks nor does it require cadets to bring personal computers. If cadets wish to bring a personal computer, it must be a notebook computer due to its portability, small footprint, and energy efficiency. The VMI Barracks is wired to allow cadets access to the VMI network and the Internet. Computer support for cadet-owned computers is offered through the Information Technology Department. Cadets who purchase the recommended laptop units will receive support enabling them to use their laptops on the VMI network. Computer support may also include tutorial sessions, web page access, and trained cadet technicians for evening support. All computers require a network interface card (not a modem) to connect to the VMI local area network. Only interface cards from certain manufacturers and specific model numbers will be supported. Information for these cards is available on the VMI Web page. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Information Technology Department Help Desk at 540-464-7643 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to computer systems and networks owned or operated by the Virginia Military Institute imposes responsibilities and obligations. Users are subject to VMI policies and local, state, and federal laws. Appropriate use of computer systems is ethical, reflects academic honesty, and shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources. It demostrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, security systems, individual privacy, and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance. The goal and intent of the VMI information systems is to enhance educational and research work and to facilitate administrative processes. Users are to abide by the appropriate use guidelines.