FLORENCE — By August, Francis Marion University residence hall students will have access to the Internet and the campus computer network directly from their rooms.
The University has contracted with a private firm to install wiring for Internet connections in all 346 residence hall rooms. There will be two connections in each room, one for each resident. The connections will allow students to access the Internet through their personal computers without having to use their telephone lines. This service is provided to students living in the residence halls at no additional cost.
“Providing this service will enhance our students’ preparation for the 21st century,” said Dr. Mike Jordan, professor of psychology, who led campus efforts for this initiative. “Our faculty are continually increasing requirements for students to use the Internet for coursework and research. This gives our students the advantage of connecting to the Internet directly from their rooms.”
Wiring of the residence hall rooms will begin in May and should be completed by the beginning of the fall semester. Students are encouraged to bring their own personal computers to campus to take advantage of the in-room Internet connection.
Campus apartment facilities will be wired at a later time.
Francis Marion currently provides free Internet access to students in locations throughout campus – the library, and computer center, and residence hall computer rooms. Several academic departments have established computer laboratories or support facilities easily accessible to students, including business and computer science, mathematics, political science, biology, psychology, graphics art, and education. The computer rooms in the residence halls will be converted for other use when the living spaces become wired.
In addition, the University provides several multimedia and distance learning classrooms, as well as traditional classrooms equipped with connections to the campus network and the Internet.
FMU faculty and staff offices are connected to the university computer network which provides e-mail, Internet services, and document sharing capabilities.
FMU students, faculty, staff and alumni may also obtain discount rates for Internet service through an independent service provider under state contract.