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Computing Services and Facilities

Single username and password. Every student at SUNY Plattsburgh receives a username and chooses a password. The same username and password are used for most computing services on campus, including login to the computers in the Feinberg main lab, CSC Computer Lab and CSC Student Project Room, remote logins to the departmental Linux servers, campus email, campus information services (MyPlattsburgh/Banner) and course management system (Moodle).

CSC Computer Lab — Au Sable 113. This lab has 30 Linux computers and a high-speed laser printer. Students are provided with accounts and network file storage in a Linux environment. A user will have the same environment and will have access to the same directories and files independently of which lab machine is used. The lab is used for both individual work of the students and for classes.

CSC Student Project Room — Au Sable 309. This lab has eight Linux workstations. It is adjacent to faculty offices so that students can ask for feedback when they work on programming. It can be used by individual students or by teams to develop joint projects. Every machine gives access to the same environment and the same user directories and files as the machines in the CSC Computer Lab. Books on programming, Linux, etc. are available.

CSC Student Commons — Au Sable, 3rd floor, in the CSC Department Suite. Study groups can use whiteboards, and a big screen that can mirror your laptop's screen. Some books are available. Of course, the Commons are also a good place to rest between classes.

Study Rooms. Several Study Rooms in the Au Sable Building can used by groups of students to conduct discussions or tutoring, and for faculty and student meetings. A room can accommodate 6 people. A whiteboard is available. Study rooms need to be reserved by contacting Mrs. Alexis Akey, in Au Sable 223, or by calling (518) 564-4186.

Feinberg Computer Labs. These labs are located in the Feinberg Library Building. They contain Windows computers and are used for individual work by all college students. Putty (ssh), FileZilla (sftp) and Xming (X-server software) are installed to facilitate access to the Computer Science Department's Linux servers. Also, Python 3 and Idle 3 are installed. For detailed hours and listing of the available software please see the lab webpage.

Remote access to the CSC Linux server. Students who have accounts in the CSC Computer Lab can connect with ssh and sftp from both on-campus and off-campus computers (running any operating system) to the departmental Linux server, The server gives access to the same user directories and files as the machines in the CSC Computer Lab. For users who run Windows on their computers, we recommend Putty (ssh) for interactive work on the servers, and WinSCP or FileZilla (sftp) to transfer files; If you install Xming (X-server software), you can run graphic software from the server. If you use a Macintosh, you can invoke ssh from the command line in Terminal (included with the operating system in Applications/Utilities.); To facilitate easy file transfers download Cyberduck or Fugu; if you wish to use an X-server download XQuartz.

CSC Student Wiki. Students and faculty edit wiki pages to communicate up-to-date information on topics of Video and Discussion, opportunities in Research Experience for Undergraduates, software help, student activities, etc.

Web hosting. Students can create own websites at

Computer help. Questions about departmental Linux computers can be directed to your instructor; any unresolved problems should be reported to Dr. Hart. Computing and Media Services Department maintains computers used by the college for academic purposes, except CSC facilities. For help with Windows or Macintosh software or hardware on campus please call Helpdesk at 564-4433. You may also contact them about other technology services:

  • Wireless Network is available in all buildings and in many outside locations on campus
  • Cardinal Computer Care provides low cost repairs of computers
  • Resnet provides networking in residential halls
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Workshops
  • Advice on what to look for when buying a computer

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about computer science and information technology programs at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact

Dr. Jan Plaza, Chair
Office: Au Sable Hall, Room 307
Phone: (518) 564-2788
Fax: (518) 564-2768
Email: [email protected]