Student Tech Guide
Student Computer Accounts
- Access to any computer on all campuses is restricted to currently registered UFV students.
- The account is free, is based on your student ID number, and is confirmed through your registration data.
- Your student ID number will be printed on personal information you receive from UFV such as a registration receipt or on the front of your Campus Card.
Can’t find your student ID number?
- Students must visit the Office of the Registrar in person and provide ID such as their Campus Card or other government issued ID and your student ID number will be provided.
- Student ID numbers will not be given out over the phone.
Where to use your computing accounts
UFV Computers, Network Files and Email
- Your student computing account allows computer access to the UFV network files, student email and online courses while on campus and remotely.
- Students set their own personal passwords and are responsible for not sharing their accounts.
myUFV Web Services and Online Courses
- myUFV is a portal where students can access many UFV student web services.
- Students can register for courses, view class grades and schedules, read their email, interact with their instructor, read current news, sports, and concert listings, access UFV Online and Library resources, join discussion groups, access network files and receive campus and personal announcements.
- Students can log into their UFV online courses directly or through myUFV.
Library User Web Resources
- Find out more about Library User Web Services
- Access the online UFV Library web services at My UFV Library Account (Renewals)
- Search the Library catalogue, article indexes and research and government databases
- Check out information on resources, transfers, hold-item availability, outstanding fines, group study room bookings, as well as make interlibrary loan requests.
- NOTE: YOUR LIBRARY PASSWORD IS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR OTHER COMPUTER ACCOUNTS
Create an Account
Temporary Grace Account
- During the first two weeks at the start of every semester a TEMPORARY generic student account allows access to UFV computer resources.
- After this two week grace period, the generic account is DISABLED and you MUST create and use your own personal computer account.
1. Go to a computer
► Are you on-campus in a UFV computer lab or at a UFV Library computer?
- Turn on a UFV computer and wait for the login prompt
► Are you away from campus at a computer with internet access?
- Type my.ufv.ca into a web browser
- Go to the Secure Access Login area of myUFV
2. Type your username
- Your computer username is your student number
- It is nine numbers Example: 300099999
- It is printed on your campus card and your course registration receipt
3. Type your password
- The FIRST time you log in to the UFV network your default password is set to your date of birth
- It is six numbers in the format of yymmdd
Example: February 17, 1984 is 840217
► yy (last two digits of year) 84
► mm (two digits of month) 02
► dd (two digits of day) 17
4. Set your security question (myUFV option only)
- Once you successfully log into myUFV, set a security question to assist you in the future in case you forget your password
- Choose the Home tab, click on Personal Information, then click on Change Security Question
- Select a security question from the pull-down or type your own question
- Type your security answer which is case sensitive and limited to 30 characters
5. Change your birth date password
- To access certain higher secure areas of myUFV, you will be asked to change your default password to a personal password only you would know
- Choose a new and different personal password that is exactly six numbers
- Please wait 15 minutes before using your password for the first time
- In the future, you can change your password by choosing the Home tab, clicking on Personal Information, and then clicking on Change Your PIN
Please wait 15 minutes or longer after any myUFV change before you log in again to allow time for the network to synchronize all of your computer accounts.
Account Help - What to do if...
You do not know your student number
- The Office of the Registrar can provide your student number if you visit them in person and show proper photo identification (ID) such as your campus card.
Your account is suspended
- More than five unsuccessful attempts to log in to your myUFV account will temporarily suspend it.
- Wait half an hour or longer and try to log in again using your correct information.
You forgot your Password and Need it Reset
- Try first to reset your password yourself using your security question:
- Go to my.ufv.ca
- Under the Help & Information section click on Reset your password
- Enter your student number in the User ID box and leave the PIN box empty
- Click on Forgot PIN?
- If you haven't previously entered a security question-answer in myUFV, this function will not work, and UFV will have to reset your password.
- When you use your security question to log in to your myUFV account you will have only five attempts to correctly answer and exactly match your security question on file or your myUFV account will be disabled.
Your Account is Disabled
- If there has been more than five incorrect attempts to answer your security question, your account will be disabled.
- You will still be able to log into myUFV, but access to certain personal confidential areas (i.e. your grades, your registration details, etc.) will be restricted.
- If your account is disabled, your password can be reset by the Office of the Registrar or the IT Services Help Desk.
Your Password is Expired
- Inactive student accounts will expire if you have not logged into your myUFV account for a long period of time.
- Please have your password reset if you no longer have myUFV access.
UFV Needs to Reset your Password
Have your password reset back to your birth date by either:
- Visiting: Bring photo ID such as your campus card to any Office of the Registrar or to the IT Services Help Desk and request a password reset.
- Faxing: Fill out and sign a Reset myUFV Access or Forgot myPIN form available online at ufv.ca/admissions/forms. Fax the form to Office of the Registrar along with a photocopy of your photo ID. Your signature on your photo ID must match your signature on the form.
- Scanning/Emailing: Complete the Reset myUFV Access or Forgot myPIN form and scan/email it along with photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your signature on your photo ID must match your signature on the form.
- Phoning: Call the Office of the Registrar at 604-854-4501 to request a password reset. To verify your information over the phone, you will need to answer a minimum of three security questions.
- Please wait 15 minutes or longer after any myUFV change before you log in again to allow time for the network to synchronize all of your computer accounts.
Student and Instructor Network Files
Students and Instructors Accessing Network Files While on Campus
R: drive (HomeDIR)
- Student's own personal 1 GB storage space
Q: drive (Instructor_Files)
- Used by instructors to distribute course files to students.
- Faculty can add, modify or delete files on Q: drive.
- Students can only read and save the data that is stored on the Q: drive.
P: drive (Public)
- Student public storage space where all students can add, modify and delete files.
Students and Instructors Accessing Network Drives From Off Campus
While away from the UFV campus, you access to your UFV network drives at these locations:
- my.ufv.ca, choose Online Services page tab and under Network Files click on myFiles
Remote File Navigation (myFiles)
What is myFILES?
- myFILES enables you to securely access and manage the UFV network folders and drives which you have been given remote access.
- For instructions on how to work in myFiles please download the following document:
Previous File Storage
Do you have personal files saved on your personal student UFV network drive before September 2012?
- In September 2012, UFV’s network file storage system for students was changed.
- UFV students from Summer 2012 and earlier semesters copied or moved any personal files they want saved from NetStorage at gw.ufv.ca/NetStorage at Home@UCFV (also known as R:Drive).
- After May 31, 2013, students will no longer have access to their personal files on the old file NetStorage file system.
- The logical place students moved their files is to their new HomeDir at gateway.ufv.ca.
How can I access and use my UFV student email?
Access your email from two locations:
- my.ufv.ca allows you to read your email and access other computer resources
- myEmail allows access to student email only
- Example: Mary.Smith@student.ufv.ca
- Note: Common names may have sequence numbers added to email address
- Example: Mary.Smith1@student.ufv.ca
Email Storage Space
- Web-based e-mail message storage space is limited to 300 mb.
- You can forward messages to another email account if you choose.
- Many email clients support POP and IMAP to access the student email system and can be downloaded from the internet.
- Username: 9 digit student ID
- Password: 6 digit PIN
- at UFV
- Inbound = mymail.ufv.ca
- Outbound = mymail.ufv.ca
- at home
- Inbound = mymail.ufv.ca
- Outbound = your own ISP setting
UFV Secure Wireless using Windows 7
Connecting first time to campus wireless
- The UFV Wireless Secure Network is accessible throughout the Abbotsford, Clearbrook, Mission and Canada Education Park (CEP Chilliwack) campuses.
- IT Services offers a secure wireless service with encryption to protect your online private information when connecting your device on campus to online courses, accounts and websites.
- We recommend you connect using the UFV-Secure Wireless with the provided UFV Network Security Key to minimize network security risks.
NOTE: While on a UFV campus using wireless, you MUST be connected to the UFV Secure Wireless to access these resources:
- Blackboard Learn (courses-both students and employees)
- myFiles (remote file access-both students and employees)
- OutlookWepApp (employee-only webmail)
How to Setup your Wireless Secure Access in Windows7
1. Log into a UFV campus computer to create your UFV computer account, synchronize all of your computer accounts and to make sure your computer account is working properly.
2. Go to Connect to a Network icon in your Windows notification area (usually located in the bottom right corner near to the clock).
3. Choose UFV-Secure from the Wireless Network Connection page.
4. Enter the network security key: UFV.2010.
5. The Wireless Network Connection will display Connected.
6. Open a browser such as Internet Explorer and type in a web address for an a webpage outside the UFV website (i.e.http://www.cnn.com).
7. If a security certficate or alert message appears and says to close the page and do not to continue, please ignore and choose to Continue to that website.
8. You should now be automatically redirected to the UFV Wireless access login page to log in and authenticate to the network:
- Students log in using their student number and password
- Employees log in using their computer/network username and password
9. You may or may not see this message depending on the device and software you are using:
I am having trouble connecting to myClass (Blackboard), myFiles (network files), and my UFV Employee Email (OWA) while on campus using your wireless device?
- Make sure you are connecting to the UFV "Secure" Wireless network for it to work.
What do I do if my "Username and password is not found" when I attempt to log in?
- Please first log in to a UFV campus computer to synchronize your accounts.
What do I set for my Internet proxy settings?
- Set your internet browser to auto-discover or direct-connect.
How do I set my Static TCP/IP settings?
- Copy your TCP/IP settings and choose to "Set to obtain addresses automatically".
Where can I find a UFV computer lab before the drop-in labs are open?
- UFV Library computers may be available if drop-in labs are closed. Abbotsford G210 is the main drop-in computer lab available.
Where can I get further wireless assistance?
About UFV Computer Labs
- The University of the Fraser Valley provides over four hundred computer systems to assist students in their educational process.
- These systems are organized into networked labs ranging in size from 15 to 100 computer systems.
- The fee for using these labs is included in the student’s tuition.
- Computer labs are upgraded on a continual, rotational basis as required.
- Over seventy different applications (software programs) are installed in the computer labs.
- This includes a full suite of Internet tools, Microsoft Office, programming tools, statistical packages and many specialized programs developed for a variety of different disciplines of study.
- With few exceptions, all systems are PCs running the MS-Windows operating system.
Locations of Main Drop-in Labs
- G210 - Building D, second floor
- G180 - Inside the Abbotsford Library
- Inside the main UFV Abbotsford Library
Schedule of Open Lab Drop-in Times
Updated: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Mondays to Thursdays
- Open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm (lab monitor available from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm)
- Open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (lab monitor available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
- Open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (lab monitor available from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
- Open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (lab monitor available from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm)
Chilliwack Education Park
Types of Software Available in UFV Computer labs
- Faculty requiring special instructional software or changes to the set of standard software must inform the IT Services, Manager of Instructional Technology and Client Support, by the following deadlines:
- Summer Semester changes must be submitted before Feb 1
- Fall Semester changes must be submitted before Jun 1
- Winter Semester changes must be submitted before Oct 1
Printing in a UFV computer lab
Step 1: Obtain a Campus Card
- Students must first obtain a Campus Card from the card office.
- Dates, times, and campus locations are listed on the Campus Card website at the start of each semester.
Step 2: Load money onto the Campus Card
- Students are required to pay $0.10 per page when using the lab printers.
- Students must have appropriate funds on their card prior to printing in a computer lab.
- Pre-load the printing and photocopying fund (gold chip) on the Campus Card in the card office, or at the Bookstore.
- NOTE: Campus Cards used for printing in the computer labs ARE compatible with the photocopiers.
Step 3: Send print job to printer
- Send your print job from your computer as you would normally.
- Walk over to the nearest, working print station.
(The printers are on a network so you may access your print job from another lab if the printer you are using is not functional or is out of paper.)
- Insert your Campus Card.
- Enter your username on the monitor beside the printer and click the OK button.
- You will see a list of your print job(s) on the screen. Use the mouse to select (click on) your print job.
- Click on PRINT and your print job will be sent to printer AND money will be deducted from your print card.
Removable Storage Devices (USB and Flash Drives)
- To store your information externally, IT Services recommends students buy a USB flash drive with the slimmest connector (available at UFV Bookstores).
How to use your USB Flash Drive
- Insert your USB flash drive and Microsoft Windows will recognize and initialize the new device.
- Save your data on the USB flash drive.
- Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the bottom-right system tray of Microsoft Windows.
- When message says, Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device, remove your USB flash drive.
- Please label your flash drive with your name or number to increase the chances it can be returned to you if ever you accidentally lose it.
- Please save your work often.
- Use internet-connected kiosks to register for courses, look up UFV-related information, or contact the eHelp Desk.
- Kiosks can be found near Offices of the Registrar and other areas around campus.
Computer Use Policy
- The Appropriate Use of Computing and Network Resources governs your use and access to UFV computers and network.
- Please follow any posted rules or regulations in labs and report inappropriate computer use to IT Services.
- Policy #14 can be found under the University Services section on the University Secretariat website at www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies.
ETS (Educational Technology Services)
- For detailed ETS information, help and support go to www.ufv.ca/ets
- ETS in Abbotsford: Inside the Peter Jones Learning Commons (G Building) phone: 604-854-4546
- ETS in Chilliwack Education Park: Inside Learning Commons and then inside the Library phone: 604-702-2617
ETS offers students and employees a variety of easily accessible educational technologies and equipment for producing and enhancing classroom presentations and course assignments:
- Media prep labs for scanning, video editing and graphics work
- Media computer labs for producing class presentations, assignments and seminar projects in various documentation and media formats
- Audio visual equipment includes COW (portable computer and projection unit for use in classroom), Data Projector, Portable Projector Screen, Digital Video Camera System/Tripod, Digital Still Camera, 35mm Still Camera Still Camera, Tripod Video Tripod, Wireless Presenter, Laser Pointer, PA System (includes 2 mics), TV/VHS/DVD Player CD Player, Teleconferencing Phone, Audio Cassette Recorder Digital Audio Recorder, PZM Microphone, Slide Projector, Overhead Projector, Flip Chart/White Board, Document Camera, Wireless Microphone, and WebCams
- NOTE: Faculty can book media equipment online; students must visit ETS in person to book media equipment and will need a valid instructor or staff signature before equipment can be released.
- Online reporting form for reporting faulty media equipment
- ETS Workshops in PowerPoint, presentation techniques, video production, scanner/digital imaging, ETS tour, Theatre operations
- UFV television channel (Channel 80) for airing your announcements
- Large format printing as well as mounting and laminating
- Video and production services such as recording lectures and editing productions, streaming media, and video conferencing
- Teaching & Learning Centre and UFV Online support services
- eRooms Support - classrooms supported with computer and audio/visual equipment
Other IT Resources
- myUFV student web services
- Online courses
- Library account
- Social media
- Universal design and IT
myUFV Student Web Services
- Type my.ufv.ca into a web browser.
- Log into myUFV using your student number and your password - the first time you log in to the UFV network, your password is your date of birth (yymmdd).
- If you need assitance, please first check the links located on the myUFV homepage under Help & Information:
- Appropriate use policy
- Reset your pin/password
- Login assistance
- Popup blockers
- Browser problems
- Frequently asked questions
- Still need help?
After you have logged into myUFV, go to myUFV Records Services and click on the Student Information link and see:
- Apply for Admission, Review Existing Applications.
- Find your registration time, check your registration status, class schedule and add or drop classes.
- View your holds, grades, transcripts, account summary, and test scores.
Student Billing and Accounts
- Calculate your total charges, see how much you owe, see how much you've paid, make an online payment.
Order textbooks online
- UFV Bookstore, order text books, software, find locations, and more...
Canadian Tax Forms
- View and print your T2202A Tuition and Education tax form. T2202A tax forms will not be mailed for the 2004 or subsequent tax years.
- Log into a Blackboard Learn course at bblearn.ufv.ca.
- STUDENTS use their student number and their 6-digit myUFV password to log into an online course.
- FACULTY use their their employee number and 6-digit myUFV password to log into an online course.
- If you are on a UFV campus, make sure you use the UFV-Secure option to connect through wireless to a Blackboard Learn online course.
- You can also log into myUFV and choose the My Courses channel to:
- View their course schedules, homepages, and course material,
- Email instructors, communicate with classmates, and
- Access UFV online courses.
- Online courses will not open until noon on the first day of classes.
- If students do not see their online course one they log in to myUFV, they should confirm their registration status with Office of the Registrar.
- If you are having difficulties using BBLearn, please check your web browser compatibility and choose a browser that is CERTIFIED for best results.
- To do this, click on the link provided on the bblearn.ufv.ca login page under Browser Compatibility.
- For help to log into an online course, please contact the Employee Tech Guide.
Library User Web Services
My Library Account
- At My UFV Library Account (Renewals)
- STUDENTS use their student number and a 4-digit Library password
- EMPLOYEES use their employee number and a 4-digit Library password
- If you don't know your password, click on Don't know your PIN? and follow the web page instructions.
- You can also request your password in person at a UFV Library Circulation Desk.
Library User Services
- Search the Library catalogue.
- Check out information on resources, transfers, hold-item availability, outstanding fines, group study room bookings, as well as make interlibrary loan requests.
Library Off-Campus (Proxy) Access
- To log in to the Research Databases, online article indexes and government databases:
- NOTE: You must be either registered or employed in the current semester to have access to this information.
- STUDENTS use their student number and their 6-digit myUFV password
- EMPLOYEES use their employee number and their 6-digit myUFV password
- Marketing and Communications is responsible for social media: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and UFV blogs.
- Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Universal Design and IT
- UD (Universal Design) strives to provide a usable, welcoming, inclusive and independent learning environment and resources for students with a wide variety of characteristics.
- Applications of UD in education includes the areas of instruction, services and policies, information technology and physical spaces.
- At UFV, the Disability Resource Centre at is a key promoter of UD guidance.
- The DRC provides options in adaptive technology in the areas of funding and application, software and hardware.
- For more information, please visit the DRC website at http://www.ufv.ca/disabilityservices/
IT Systems & Services Status
- Real time information on the status of IT systems and unscheduled service interruptions.
- Information will be posted on the IT Services website’s Unscheduled Service Interruptions.
- Look for the scrolling text on the:
- IT Services schedules system changes and "downtime" which may interrupt some or all computer services while IT Services makes software or hardware upgrades or fixes.
- This normally occurs on Sunday mornings between 7.00 am and 11.00 am.
- Notice of service interruption will be broadcast on myUFV and on the IT Services website’s Scheduled Events Calendar.
IT Services Help Desk
- Email HelpDesk.ITS@ufv.ca
- Phone 604.864.4610
- eHelpdesk Work Order System (see below)
- Visit Help Desk office at Abbotsford B245
- Help Desk Hours as of Tuesday, September 3, 2013
- 8 am to 8 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- Closed Saturday and Sunday
- Allows DIRECT ACCESS to submit your Help Desk inquiry and to follow up on its status
- This is a much faster method than waiting on hold in the Help Desk phone queue.
- Login is required.
- Log into ehelpdesk.ufv.ca using your use your student number and your 6-digit myUFV password.
- Please provide your full name, student number, phone number and details of your enquiry.
- Search the eHelp Desk Knowledge Base for self help with common UFV computer-related problems and questions.
- No login is required.