University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Information Resources

Computing Resources

Information Technology Services
Customer Support Center
(213) 740-5555

Information Technology Services (ITS) offers many resources to meet your computing needs and help you achieve your academic goals.

Getting Started

Before activating your USC computing account, you must be registered for classes or have paid your tuition deposit and certified that you will be attending USC. You must also agree to observe the university’s computing policies, which are available online at

When you are ready to activate your USC computing account, visit

USC Computing Centers

The USC computing centers, listed below, offer technology-enhanced collaborative spaces, computers, wireless networking, laptop lending and wireless printing services for USC students, faculty and staff. Laptop lending is available at Waite Phillips Hall, King Olympic Hall and Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center. You may be asked to show your USC ID card.

  • Leavey Library’s Information Commons (LVL lower level and second floor)
  • Waite Phillips Hall (WPH B34)
  • King Olympic Hall (KOH 206)
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 125)

For more information, including computing center hours, visit

Many academic units also run their own computer labs. Check with individual academic departments for details.

Connecting to USC’s Network

You can connect to the USC network wirelessly or through ResNet.


USC provides two wireless networks and an encrypted, high-speed network for students, faculty and staff, along with an open guest wireless network. For more information about connecting to the wireless networks, see


All the rooms in USC residence halls are connected to ResNet, a high-speed wired computer network. More information can be found at

ITS Resources

Computer Security

ITS recommends that you install and maintain security software and follow safe computing practices to help protect yourself and the USC community from malicious programs (viruses, worms), hacking attempts and online identity theft. Visit for more information about how to keep your computer secure.


As a USC student, you receive a special Gmail account that allows you to use your email address. The account gives you 25 gigabytes of online storage space and provides access to Google’s online word processing and spreadsheet programs, sharable calendars and more. You may sign up after you have completed the first login process. See for eligibility and activation instructions.

Antivirus and Other Software

Free antivirus and other software is available for download at (valid USC login required). For software resources, visit For instructions on how to keep your computer secure, go to For useful information about IT-related security threats and updates, including warnings about the latest phishing attempts, go to the ITS Security Blog at


Blackboard is the online learning management system used by USC instructors to provide you with digital copies of syllabi, course notes, handouts, media files, Website links and hosted discussion forums. Blackboard allows you to upload assignments, take quizzes, communicate with classmates and track your grades and progress in your classes. Blackboard is available at

Blackboard Mobile Learn

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a free application that allows you to access your Blackboard course information directly from your smartphone or tablet. You can view documents and course rosters, create threaded discussion posts, comment on blogs and journals, check grades and assignments, and more. For additional information, go to


MyUSC is the university’s portal, designed to provide personalized access to wide-ranging campus resources in a single location. Features include university and student group announcements; national and university news and events feeds; and access to online registration, OASIS, Blackboard and other services. To access myUSC, go to


USCmobile gives you access to a broad range of USC content from your smartphone or tablet, including campus directories, maps, news, events, bus routes and arrival times, and more. USCmobile is available at

As a USC student, you receive access to, an online training provider offering more than 1,500 video-based courses with 87,000 videos on a broad range of computing and technology topics, including Google Apps, Blackboard, Adobe products, Microsoft Office, Web design and development, audio/video production, computer programming and mobile devices. is available at

Computing Ethics

Computing and network misconduct is a serious violation of academic values, and some acts of misconduct are addressed specifically by criminal and civil law. All USC account holders are expected to respect the rights and property of others and to familiarize themselves with USC’s computing policies by reviewing them online at

Copyright Compliance

USC expects members of its community to familiarize themselves with copyright laws as they pertain to the educational environment. You can find a copy of the annual copyright compliance letter that is sent to all students at Additional information about copyright issues related to digital media and technologies is available at

Illegal File Sharing

ITS provides a variety of resources to help students understand copyright issues related to digital media and file-sharing technologies, along with the risks of illegal file sharing. See for more information.


Network and Software

If you need help with network connectivity and software, contact the consultants at the ITS Customer Support Center at (213) 740-5555 or

Online Help

Students can learn more about ITS at

IT at USC E-newsletter

IT at USC is an e-newsletter designed to create a sense of IT community across campus. Each issue includes stories, computing self-help articles and announcements. You can sign up for IT at USC for advice about safe computing practices and updates on IT developments across campus on the ITS Website. Go to and scroll down to the lower right-hand corner.

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