IT Quick Start for Students

Quick Links: | Getting Online | Technical Support | Accounts & Security | Campus Applications | 

Getting Online 


Chico State offers free on-campus Wi-Fi for both personal and campus-managed devices. You can get connected using the resources available here:

GlobalProtect VPN

Chico State uses Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN to allow users to make a secure encrypted connection to the campus network to access campus resources inside the campus border firewall from off-campus locations. Students can access the OnDemand VPN for personal devices. 

Unless provisioned by a class, student VPN access must be requested:

Technical Support 

The IT Support Client Portal contains the Service Catalog, where you can request services and technical support, and the Knowledge Base, where you can find how-to guides and troubleshooting tips.

IT Support Services (ITSS)

IT Support Services acts as the front lines of the Division of Information Technology. ITSS provides support for most technical issues on campus for staff, faculty, and students; this includes password and account help, software installations and licensing, email support, and more. ITSS offers limited support on personally owned hardware.

You can find the hours and contact information for IT Support Services on the Support Portal homepage or on the ITSS Homepage.

Center for Technology Equity (CTE)

The Center for Technology Equity ensures that every member of the campus community has equitable access to the digital tools and resources necessary for thriving in today's interconnected world. Services include software support, device lending, training, and free or reduced Internet plans.

You can find the hours and contact information for the Center for Technology Equity on the CTE Homepage.

Information Security (ISEC)

Students are often targeted by scams, phishing, computer viruses, and ransomware. You can learn more about this kind of cybersecurity by visiting our page here: 

A common theme of phishing attacks is offers that seem too good to be true. This can include job offers, financial aid awards, giveaways you didn't enter, and more. Another common phishing attack is alleged account issues, in which the attacker asks for you to submit or confirm your username and password. 

Here are some best practices for keeping your Chico State account secure:

  1. Never approve any Duo Prompts that you did not initiate. Don't share Duo SMS codes with anyone. If you are receiving prompts you did not request, you may want to change your Chico State password
  2. Report all suspicious emails by using the KnowBe4 “Report Phishing” button.
  3. Always check email addresses and email signatures. A common tactic for phishing emails is changing the name in an email signature, but not changing the name in the email address.
  4. Never share passwords, ID numbers, phone numbers, addresses, or other Duo information. Chico State will never request this information via email.

Accounts & Security 

Most campus systems are accessed using your Chico State Account. You can manage your Chico State account via Account Center.

If you forget your password or if it expires, you can reset your Chico State password by following the guide here:

Chico State Portal

The Chico State Portal provides a central location for many of the resources that staff and faculty need. These include Microsoft Office 365 (your Chico State email), Account Center, LinkedIn Learning, PeopleSoft, CSU Learn, Chico State Alerts, Canvas, and more.

Microsoft 365 / Office 365

Students receive a Microsoft A3 license. This A3 license includes access to your Exchange Email and access to both online and desktop Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.). 

It is recommended that the Outlook Mobile App is used for accessing email on a phone or other mobile devices: 

Android devices:

iPhones & iPads:

Duo Multifactor Authentication

Chico State uses Duo to add a second layer of security to your Chico State accounts. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your mobile device) prevents anyone but you from logging in, even if they know your password. You can learn more about Duo Multifactor Authentication on our Knowledge Base:

Campus Applications 

You can find a full list of software applications provided to campus on our Knowledge Base:

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a group of applications used for design, productivity, and development. Adobe CC is available on Windows and Mac desktops, as well as some mobile devices. Popular Adobe Creative Cloud applications include Photoshop, Stock, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, Acrobat DC, and more. You can learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud here:

You can request access to Adobe Creative Cloud here:


Canvas is the learning management system used on campus. From here, you can find assignments, quizzes, discussion posts, class information, and more. You can find Canvas Support Guides on the Knowledge Base:

Google Suite

While Microsoft is used for email, Chico State still provides access to the Google Suite for the use of Google Docs, Drive, Sheets, Slides, and more. You can find more information here:


Kurzweil is an inclusive technology, text-to-speech, learning tool.  If you would like to use Kurzweil for your own use, TEIN can help with training and support. 

Microsoft Office

Chico State offers students free access to Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Students can follow the guide here in order to install the software:

Students can also request access to Microsoft Project by filling out this form: is a software that converts live speaking into a written transcription. You can get real-time streaming transcripts and, within minutes, rich, searchable notes with text, audio, images, speaker ID, and key phrases. This can be used to write papers, take notes, dictate interviews, import or sync recordings from other services, and even integrate with Zoom.

Zoom Virtual Conferencing

Follow this guide to get familiar with Zoom at Chico State: 

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