Faculty Cover Letter

Technical Student Projects
To pertinent Faculty Members:
This message is in regards to student projects (Senior projects, in many cases) that may
require technical support from the IT Department.
The Office of Information Technology aims to provide students with assistance and
support that will enhance their learning experience and development, and enable them
to be successful in the completion of their project.
There are some common issues, however, that often prevent project completion. Most of
these issues stem from a lack of communication and coordination. For a student project
to be successfully completed, deployed, and utilized on campus, it is critical for the
student group to coordinate with central IT to ensure sustainability and ongoing support
of the project.
Course curriculums occasionally instruct students in the use of platforms and
technologies that are incompatible with current IT systems and standards. This can be
confusing to students who are unfamiliar with current university capabilities. To avoid
any wasted time or efforts, students should begin the coordination process with IT as
soon as possible.
By coordinating early with IT, students can get help with project planning and
assessment and avoid some of the common roadblocks that prevent projects from being
Attached is a document entitled ‘Things to Know before Getting Started’ that we send
out to inquiring students. Please make your students aware of this information so that
they know early on what to expect and what is required when working with IT.
Thank you for helping us help students be successful,
The Office of Information Technology