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    FEBRUARY 24, 2005
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DARS Report enhancement

Computer Services has greatly improved the readability of the undergraduate DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) audit by incorporating the following enhancements:

• The sections of the report are now separated by color bars to make the document easier to scan.

• The report initially displays a high-level summary of degree requirements, as well as a quick indication of whether they have been satisfied.

• Students can click on a degree requirement link to view the details, presented in color, of what sub-requirements have and have not been satisfied.

• The quality points or deficiency points, and the number of course withdrawals (from fall 2003 to the present) are prominently displayed.

Undergraduate students can access the DARS report online through OWLnet on the http://tuportal.temple.edu Web site. The reports are also available to advisers via OWLink.

Take measures to prevent computer problems

Last week, a large number of residence hall students experienced computer problems when their Windows XP systems became infected with spyware and malicious software. Students noticed that their computers’ performance was slow and that access to the network was sluggish. In every case, students could have avoided this problem if they had applied the Windows critical security updates that Microsoft releases periodically.

Everyone should be aware that while antivirus software can protect a system to a certain extent, it cannot prevent systems from being attacked if there is a vulnerability that must be addressed by Windows Updates.

If you have not done so already, Computer Services strongly urges you to take the time to set up your system to automatically obtain Windows Updates. Instructions are available on the Computer Services Web site at www.temple.edu/cs/windowsupdateinstructions.htm.

Please understand that these kinds of computer infection issues are not specific to Temple; they are a global reality. If you fail to maintain your system with Windows Updates, and antivirus and antispyware software, your computer will eventually become infected, no matter where you are connected. While Computer Services will try to assist you as much as possible, it is ultimately your responsibility to safeguard your system.

For information on antivirus and antispyware software, see the Computer Services Information Security Web site at www.temple.edu/cs/security.

Also, for more details about computer security, including a statistical overview of current computer threats, please see the welcome message posted by Timothy O’Rourke, vice president for computer and information services, on the Computer Services Web site at