Computers & Technology

Technology is a rapidly growing, high-demand “necessity” of modern life. In an effort to keep up with technology, we apply the following principles to its use:

  • The IT department must be aware of all devices a student has in his possession.
  • All devices that use the Fairhaven network will be filtered. Access to the Internet is only after authentication.
  • All computers, tablets, and phones must have Covenant Eyes or
  • Accountable2You (A2U) installed. Phones may be locked down from other browsers and apps that connect to the Internet.
  • A list of social networking sites utilized must be submitted at the start of each semester. Read the full social networking policy here.


What technology should I bring to campus? What should I buy?
  • It is not necessary to bring your own computer or printer to campus. Most students do bring their own personal computers with them. There are Chromebooks in the library for use as well as a printer.
  • If you are bringing your own computer, it is up to you to decide whether you want to bring your own printer. The library offers black-and-white printing only.
  • Some people do appreciate the convenience of having their own printer in their room; remember that you will need to provide your own paper and toner for your personal printer.
Will I have internet access? Is there a charge?
  • Filtered internet access is available on FBC’s network.
  • All students will also be provided with a Covenant Eyes or A2U account. These provide accountability for students to parents, pastors, and college staff.
  • There is no additional charge for using Fairhaven’s network. The cost of this access is part of your student services fee.
Where is wireless internet access available on campus?

Wireless Internet access is available throughout the library and snack shop in the multi-purpose building, as well as in the dorms. Light internet access is available in the classrooms (E-mail, Canvas, computer updates, etc.).

Does Fairhaven require or provide anti-virus software?
  • We strongly recommend that you obtain and install anti-virus software on your computer. Many good free options exist, however, we prefer AVG.
  • Fairhaven does not currently provide anti-virus software to personally-owned computers. Each individual is responsible for obtaining his own.
  • Set up the program to automatically update virus definitions and scan your computer as well as removable devices.
  • Due to the rise in attacks, we strongly suggest everybody use anti-malware programs such as, Ad-Aware, Spybot Search & Destroy, or Windows Defender to protect your computer against malware and spyware.
When do I get my username, password, and email address?
  • You should receive this information in the month or two before arriving.
  • You can check your email at after you first login and change your password. Since email is an official form of communication, announcements from professors and staff regarding course activities or other official college business may come through email. It is a good idea to check for messages regularly.
What about social networking?
  • While some people find this to be a useful avenue of communication, it is also riddled with dangers ranging from wasting time to moral compromise.
  • In light of the proven and potential dangers of social networking sites, Fairhaven Baptist College has adopted the following rules for their use by its students: All social networking sites that a student utilizes will be accessible at any time by the dorm supervisors and staff (if a dorm student). A list of social network sites utilized must be submitted at the start of each semester.
  • If at any time the use of a social networking site is found to be detrimental to a student’s personal, mental, or spiritual well-being, he must agree to withdraw himself from that account. A parent, pastor, dorm supervisor, or the Dean of Students may make this assessment.
  • View the entire social networking policy here.
What if I have trouble with…?
  • The IT Help Desk is your first point of contact for any technology-related issues or questions you may have. The IT Help Desk can assist with most challenges you may encounter on your personal computer, either Mac or PC. IT can solve various connectivity and software-related problems and can help you get connected with the right people if you are experiencing trouble with campus technology.
  • The librarian may or may not be able to answer your question.
  • You may also send an email with your question to [email protected] any time and your request will be addressed as soon as possible.
Do I need to purchase any software?
  • There is no need to purchase any software for note-taking or projects.
    • Microsoft OneNote is a favorite of many students for note-taking.
    • Google Docs can also be used with a Fairhaven Email account.
  • Microsoft provides Office 365 to our current students and faculty for free. This subscription-based software gives the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more for as long as the student is enrolled at Fairhaven and the program continues. To get your complimentary Office 365 software for your personal computer, visit and follow the on-screen instructions, providing your email address. Please note, that once you are no longer a student, the subscription will end. Make sure to transfer all files out of your Fairhaven OneDrive.
Will I have to pay for printing?
  • There will be a 5 cent charge for any copies or pages printed over five each day. Students may print two copies of papers for classes at no charge.
  • This means that the first 5 copies or pages printed are free. Any more are $.05 each.
  • “Papers” means reports and term papers, NOT special projects, notes, homework assignments, or rough drafts.
Are there any student employment opportunities in the IT department?
  • Not at this time, but throughout the course of the year, volunteers will be needed for some projects. Send a message to the helpdesk if you are interested.