A Message From I.T.
Starting Monday morning, August 3, the I.T. Department will be doing major changes to the BCF wireless internet systems across campus. This may briefly affect services in some areas. The changes will be as follows:
- There will no longer be 2 wireless networks called "bcf wireless" and "bcf wireless secured"
- The new networks will be "BCF WiFi" and "BCF Visitors"
- The "BCF WiFi" network will be broadcasted across the entire campus
- The "BCF Visitors" network will be only in a select few areas where guests will be visiting (i.e. Administration building, Wellness Center, Graceville Hall, Student Center)
Anyone with a valid BCF account (Staff, Faculty, Students, Visitors) can use either of these networks. The main difference in them is how they authenticate.
"BCF WiFi" is configured so that once you successfully connect to the wireless network once, you will be able to roam around the campus from building to building without being logged out of the wireless session and having to re-enter your credentials again. The settings will stay in your device and automatically connect to the network (when your wireless adapter is on and configured) and you not have to enter any information about your account until your BCF password has changed. This is a more secure network where all of the traffic going across the network is encrypted with a strong cypher for greater security.
"BCF Visitors" is configured in a similar way as the old "bcf wireless" network was. When you connect to this network, you will be shown a welcome/login page prompting for your username and password. After you enter this information in, you will be connected to the network. After a 6 hour period of inactivity on the connected device, your session will be logged out and before you can browse the internet again you will have to re-enter your credentials.
Welcome to The Baptist College of Florida!
The Baptist College of Florida provides Information Systems to meet operational, financial, and academic needs. These resources are valuable, and their abuse can have a far-reaching negative impact. IT is responsible for balancing the need for security with practical application.
The mission statement for the Information Technology (IT) department includes the charge to facilitate computing services that allow BCF to accomplish its mission of educating and training ministers and other religious workers. As such, it may not be appropriate to support all the technology services that are available in a home use environment on the Graceville campus. Resources including the wireless service on the Graceville campus are maintained for the purpose of fulfilling this mission; any other uses are not supported and may be restricted and/or disabled at any time.
Support for Personally Owned Hardware and Software
IT does not provide support for systems owned by individuals. The Baptist College of Florida’s Computer and Information Systems Policy (CISP) does not allow IT to support student-owned systems.
Lost or Forgotten Passwords
If you have lost or forgotten your password, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your first and last name, phone number where you can be reached, your student ID number, and a statement requesting your password.
myBCF - The Baptist College of Florida's online campus
myBCF is The Baptist College of Florida’s online campus, where you will register for classes, check your grades, view campus groups, access online portions of courses, and more.
Your “User Name” for myBCF will be your ID number; the password will be sent to you from the IT department during your admissions process.
After you log in please read the "Getting Started", "Student Navigation", and “Forms and Guides” topics on the left sidebar for tips about using myBCF.
The Student Computing Guide, beginning on page 6, contains some more information regarding computer requirements for myBCF.
Wireless Service (Graceville Campus)
The Baptist College of Florida operates a wireless internet access service, available throughout most areas of the Graceville Campus. The wireless service is available for use by current students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
*Please Note: Your network logon account will be created at the beginning of the first semester for which you are admitted or re-admitted. It will remain active as long as you remain a current BCF student, not subject to the BCF readmissions policy.
To use the service, an 802.11b/g (Wi-Fi) card or device is required. Most notebooks, PDAs, handheld PCs, and some desktop computers come with wireless connectivity. If one does not come with a wireless card, usually an 802.11b/g wireless adapter can be added. Contact your hardware manufacturer for more details about your specific device.
Some further information about this service can be found starting on page 11 of the 'Student Computing Guide' document.