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BruinAlert

The BruinAlert messaging service communicates official information during an emergency or crisis situation that disrupts normal operation of the UCLA campus or threatens the health or safety of campus community members. BruinAlert sends messages to student subscribers on a “best-effort basis to e-mail and text-capable wireless devices such as mobile telephones.

Students with current e-mail addresses in MyUCLA are automatically enrolled in BruinAlert and receive e-mail messages in the event of an emergency. Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging is also available to students on a voluntary basis; students may subscribe to SMS through the BruinAlert website.

Bruin OnLine

124 Kerckhoff Hall
Help Desk (310) 267-4357
http://www.bol.ucla.edu
e-mail: consult@ucla.edu

Bruin OnLine (BOL) is a collection of software and services that provide UCLA students, faculty, and staff with access to e-mail, campus network services, and the Internet. Services include e-mail, Google Apps for UCLA, wireless networking,VPN and proxy, software, personal web pages, and wired Ethernet ports.

Accessing Bruin OnLine Services

On campus, BOL services are available anywhere there is network access, including campus computing laboratories, libraries, and campus residence hall rooms; and anywhere there is wireless network coverage.

BOL can be accessed from off campus by

  1. Using your own Internet Service Provider (ISP), connect through a virtual private network (VPN) or the BOL proxy server to access UCLA restricted resources such as software and library journals. See the Proxy Server/VPN FAQ for more information
  2. Using the BOL modem pool (310 area code). Users pay all telephone charges for toll or long-distance access (310 area code)

Access for Persons with Disabilities

The Academic Technology Services (ATS) Disabilities and Computing Program (DCP) provides adaptive technology to help persons with disabilities who use BOL-supported software. DCP can assist with configuration and training for screen reader, voice recognition, reading aid, and other software programs. Call (310) 206-7133 for more information or see the Student Services section.

Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access is available in select locations on campus for UCLA Logon account holders with their own 802.11a/g/n-compliant laptop or wireless device. For more information, see the BOL wireless access page. For a map of wireless coverage areas, see the coverage page.

Getting Started

To use BOL services, you need a UCLA Logon ID and password, and a computer that connects to the UCLA network. You can access BOL services from many locations throughout campus or from home. Personalized assistance is also available from the BOL Help Desk.

For instructions on creating a UCLA Logon ID, see the self-serve UCLA Logon ID page.

UCLA Logon

A UCLA Logon ID allows authentication for a variety of online campus services, networks, and materials. With this ID, users can

  1. Access class webpages and discussion groups
  2. Search the UCLA Library and online databases
  3. Create e-mail mailing lists
  4. Download Internet browsers, anti-virus software, e-mail clients, and FTP programs
  5. Create personal webpages
  6. Check e-mail
  7. Authenticate to use the BOL VPN server and proxy server
  8. Access the UCLA wireless network

Campus Computer Laboratories

Student computer laboratories are supported through the College Library Instructional Computing Commons (CLICC), a collaborative effort between Center for Digital Humanities, Social Sciences Computing, Office of Instructional Development, and College Library. Some 15 computer laboratories are available throughout campus, each with computers, peripherals, software, and services that cater to specific areas of study.

Access to the laboratories varies; departmental laboratories may require special accounts and enrollment in either the major or a class. General purpose laboratories merely require a UCLA Logon account and password, which is available free of charge to UCLA students, faculty, and staff.

For information on locations, hours, and eligibility, see the UCLA Computer Labs page.

Electronic Mailing Lists (Listservs)

Bruin OnLine offers a mailing list service that manages electronic mail discussion and e-newsletter distribution to list subscribers. Mailing lists are available for any academic purpose; new list requests from students require verification of faculty sponsorship. For more information, see the BOL mailing list service page.

Instructional Enhancement Initiative

Undergraduate students are assessed an Instructional Enhancement Initiative (IEI) fee along with other University mandatory and campus-based fees. Education Abroad Program reciprocity students and CAPPP (Washington internship) students are exempt from the IEI fee.

The Instructional Enhancement Initiative (IEI) supports undergraduate education through

  1. Online course websites with instant access to syllabi, course documents and files, interactive tools; instructional websites and online software; and other aspects of online learning including chat rooms, online office hours, media presentations, quizzes, and so forth.
  2. Computer labs and wireless access, including curated workstations in staffed labs, divisional labs, helpdesks, printing, and contributions to CLICC.
  3. Course software, including popular creative, scientific, math, statistics packages and online products.
  4. Staffing, including technology experts who support faculty, teaching assistants, or students regarding creation of online course content and use of tools to produce that content, as well as course website and computer lab staff.

For questions about IEI fees, see the IEI webpage (College of Letters and Science and professional schools) or Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science information pages.

Newsgroups

Usenet is a worldwide discussion system of newsgroups classified by subject. Newsgroups available on news.ucla.edu include the ucla.* hierarchy which is dedicated to topics specific to UCLA and is not transmitted outside of UCLA.

Bruin OnLine has its own newsgroups, for example, that post announcements about its service and where students can ask questions about computer software and hardware (ucla.bol.announce, ucla.bol.general, and ucla.bol.webpages). Other newsgroups help with platform questions (ucla.pc and ucla.mac), while still others post announcements and offer forums (for example, ucla.general, ucla.announce, ucla.rumor, and ucla.forsale). Some classes have their own newsgroups as well (see ucla.classes.* hierarchy).

Newsgroups offered by news.ucla.edu can be accessed through a newsreader client such as Outlook Express, Mozilla, or Netscape. For more information, see the UCLA Usenet news server page.

Online Directory

The UCLA Campus Directory offers directory information about faculty, staff, students, and departments. Student listings in the online directory are generated through MyUCLA and are updated nightly (excluding weekends) by the Registrar's Office, which administers student privacy rights for release of student information. A student may change address, telephone number, e-mail address, and privacy options through MyUCLA. For more details on privacy options, see "Disclosure of Student Records" in the Official Notices section or on MyUCLA. To access the directory, see the online Campus Directory.

Student Technology Center

The Student Technology Center coordinates computing connectivity to the campus network for students living in on-campus housing, including network card purchase and installation, and technical support. The center houses a computer laboratory with Macintosh and Windows computers. It also offers fax, shipping, copying, and printing services. Located opposite Covel Commons at 330 De Neve Drive, (310) 825-3400; see the Student Technology Center website.

UCLA Homepage

The UCLA homepage offers a gateway for access to information on campus teaching, research, and service. Its main menu links to sites for prospective and current students; arts, museums, and athletic events; and academic, library, and research information. It also offers access to the Online Directory and pages for alumni. In addition, the current students link connects to MyUCLA, student services, computing laboratories, and campus news. A search feature allows for easy browsing through the thousands of webpages that comprise the UCLA site, including those for departments, programs, and services.

UCLA Library Electronic Resources

While continuing to develop and manage collections of traditional printed materials, the UCLA Library also purchases or licenses access to many digital resources which are available through its website. Resources include electronic journals, books, reference works, periodical indexes, and abstracts.

The online UCLA Library Catalog contains records for all library holdings and other campus collections, including the Film and Television Archive, Ethnomusicology Archive, and ethnic studies center libraries. It also shows library item location and circulation status, and allows users to request document delivery services and SRLF items.

The online Melvyl Catalog contains information on all University of California campus holdings as well as a number of other collections. Through Melvyl, users can request items from other campuses and have them delivered to UCLA.

Librarians and trained staff are available in the libraries, online, and by telephone to answer questions about using online systems, and to provide assistance with reference and research topics.

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