IT Getting Started Guide: Faculty

This guide is intended to help new and returning faculty with everyday tasks that are necessary at the beginning of each term.

Tech Commons

The Tech Commons is the division of the Office of Information Technology that interacts directly with the campus community. Located in room 139 of the Ruth Ann Musick Library, we offer a variety of services specific to the students, faculty, and staff of Fairmont State University.

We are available via telephone, email, walk-in, and live chat. While we do not have the facilities to repair your personal hardware, we can assist you in diagnosing your problems and provide you with all your options.

139 Library

Your Fairmont State Account

What is a Fairmont State UCA?

Your UCA (Unified Computer Account) is a personalized username that enables access to Fairmont State’s services and network. Once they are activated, UCAs cannot be changed.

How to activate a UCA

  1. Go to the Fairmont State University IT homepage at
  2. Under the Quick Help menu, select Activate Your UCA.
  3. Enter your Social Security number or student ID (F Number) in the first box.
  4. Click the Next button directly below.
  5. Follow the form instructions. Be careful - the hint (security) question response and password are case-sensitive.
  6. Click Activate my UCA once you have filled in all of the fields within the form. It will take 15-20 minutes for your account activation to take effect.


Forgot your password?

Easy access to reset your password is available at

If you receive a message stating you're not authorized to change your password, please notify Tech Commons for assistance.


Acceptable Use Policy

Please take a few minutes to read the Acceptable Use Policy. This document explains what constitutes acceptable, and inappropriate, use of campus computing and network resources.


Accessing the network

Connecting to Staff Network

The Staff network is available campus-wide except in the residence halls. Connect using the following instructions:

  1. Choose “Staff” from your device’s wireless options.
  2. Enter your UCA as the username and your UCA password.


Connecting to Fairmont_State Network

The Fairmont_State network is for use by staff and faculty when in the residence halls. Connect using the following instructions:

  1. Choose “Fairmont_State” from your device’s wireless options.
  2. Enter your UCA as the username and your UCA password.


myFairmontState Portal

The myFairmontState Portal is your gateway to online resources and Fairmont State services. You can access your Email, Blackboard, Library, FELIX, Employee Links, etc.



Blackboard is the university’s online course management and instruction system. Students can access grades, calendars, assignments, tests, quizzes, and discussion boards. Tech Commons provides support to faculty and students needing assistance with Blackboard.



FELIX provides access to your course and enrollment information, pay and leave data, and your directory listing.


Emergency Notifications

Please take a few minutes to register for emergency notifications. You can receive messages by phone, email, and text.

This service announces campus closures, delays, and emergency information. Notifications are also posted to the institution's web page and the myFairmontState Portal.


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is available to all current Fairmont State University faculty and staff. Your Fairmont State University account will allow you to install Office on up to five devices including laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones.


Email Account

All faculty and staff are provided access to email via Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft Outlook is the email client that is included in Microsoft Office and


One Drive Storage

All employees receive access to OneDrive, a cloud storage service. OneDrive offers users a simple way to store, sync, and share files across devices.


Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool to bring everything together in a shared workspace. Teams allows you to create a custom space for your courses where students and faculty can meet remotely, share files, and work together.


Remote Work Tools

"Cloud" Computing

The university’s cloud environment allows for library machines and software to be accessed remotely via desktops, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. Visit the link above to download the software and get started.


VPN Access

Employees of Fairmont State University may use AnyConnect to work remotely through the VPN. Visit the link above for instructions on installation and use.


Other Services


Printing across campus is available via XeroxFindMe.

  • Log in to any campus computer using your UCA and password.
  • Select XeroxFindme as your printer.
  • Choose the print job configuration (paper size, BW or Color, 1-sided or 2 sided) and print.
  • Swipe your ID card at any campus Xerox.
    • If you do not have your ID Card, tap the keyboard icon and enter your UCA and password.
  • Select Release Jobs and choose what you wish to print - you can delete jobs by tapping the "trash can" icon.


Campus Card Services

Your ID card is your official Fairmont State University identification. It is required for the following:

  • Library services
  • Recreation "Falcon" Center access
  • Door access
  • Campus activities and athletic events
  • Retail and Food purchases (using prepaid Falcon Dollars)

Visit Campus Card Services on the 1st Floor Falcon Center for Replacement Cards ($20 fee) and other services.