What is my SCC username?
Your StarID, this will be in the form of aa1234bb. This is different from your 8-digit student ID / TechID number. Most campus resources will use your StarID for login.
What is my SCC password?
When you activate your StarID, you will set your own password. StarIDs are activated and reset on a self-service website: http://starid.minnstate.edu
How do I check my SCC email?
Email accounts are accessed using your StarID credentials. Your username will be YourStarID@go.minnstate.edu with your StarID password, the same password you’ll use for D2L. Pick the method that works for you to check your email:
- From any computer with an internet connection and a web browser, through
college's student web portal. Full instructions here: http://southcentral.edu/Department-of-Information-Technology/student-email-login-instructions.html
- From a PC using Microsoft Outlook, one of the programs of the Microsoft Office suite (free while you are enrolled as a student).
How do I log in to D2L?
Your D2L username is your StarID (ex. aa1234bb). You will use your StarID password that is also used for E-Services and Email.
How do I access my network files?
When you are logged in to a campus computer, look for the H: drive. When you are off campus, navigate to the Current Student portal http://southcentral.edu/general/current-students.html) and look for MyFiles link.
What is a reliable antivirus software for my computer?
Try one of the following free applications:
- Microsoft Defender (free – built in to Windows 8 and 10)
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- MalwareBytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/
Software and Copyright
What do I need to know about software and the U.S. Copyright Act?
Unless it has been placed in the public domain, software is protected by copyright law. The owner of a copyright holds exclusive right to the reproduction and distribution of his or her work. Therefore, it is illegal to duplicate or distribute software or its documentation without the permission of the copyright owner. If you have purchased your copy, however, you may make a back-up for your own use in case the original is destroyed or fails to work.
Can I loan software I have purchased myself?
If your software came with a clearly visible license agreement, or if you signed a registration card, read the license carefully before you use the software. Some licenses may restrict use to a specific computer. Copyright law does not permit you to run your soft- ware on two or more computers simultaneously unless the license agreement specifically allows it. It may, however, be legal to loan your software to a friend temporarily as long as you do not keep a copy.
If software is not copy-protected, do I have the right to copy it?
Lack of copy protection does not constitute permission to copy software in order to share or sell it. "Non-copy-protected" software enables you to protect your investment by making a backup copy. In offering non-copy-protected software to you, the developer or publisher has demonstrated significant trust in your integrity.
May I copy software that is available through facilities on my campus so that I can use it more conveniently in my own room?
Software acquired by colleges and universities is usually licensed. The licenses restrict how and where the software may be legally used by members of the community. This applies to software installed on hard disks in microcomputer clusters, software distributed on disks by a campus lending library, and software available on a campus main- frame or network. Some institutional licenses permit copying for certain purposes. Consult your campus authorities if you are unsure about the use of a particular software product.
Isn't it legally "fair use" to copy software if the purpose in sharing it is purely educational?
No. It is illegal for a faculty member or student to copy software for distribution among the members of a class without permission of the author or publisher.