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All users and units have the responsibility to report any discovered unauthorized access attempts or other improper usage of Georgia Southwestern State University computers, networks, or other information processing equipment. If a user observes, or has reported (other than as in 7.1 above), a security or abuse problem with any university computer or network facility, including violations of this policy, the user should contact IIT immediately at 931-2074 or by email:

-- from the GSW Computer and Network Acceptable Use Policy, section 7.2

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Students must register each semester to receive emergency messages from GSW. Please follow the instructions below to sign up for emergency notifications.

Step 1

Login to RAIN and Choose Personal Information


Step 2

Choose GSW Connect-ED Emergency Notification System


Step 3

Enter the phone numbers where you wish to get the alerts.  You can also add a number to receive text message alerts.  Check the box stating that the numbers are correct and click Submit Campus Alert Number.


Georgia Southwestern State University is home to GSW-TV providing community service to Americus, GA via the city's government access TV channel. GSW also utilizes the video production equipment to support the various production needs of the campus community. The IIT Department operates the studio, editing facility and mobile production unit. GSW-TV emphasizes its commitment to the power of education by producing local programming, showcasing the individuals that make up Georgia Southwestern, as well as the entire Sumter County Community. 


Kids Under Construction Kids Under Construction
Profiles the faculty, staff, students and achievements of the Sumter County Public School System.
Southwestern Spotlight Southwestern Spotlight
Profiles the faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University. 
GSW Alumni Experience GSW Alumni Experience
Profiles the alumni of Georgia Southwestern State University. 
Facilities GSW-TV Facilities
GSW's Office Information and Instructional Technology offers video and audio production facilities for its faculty, staff and students. It features nonlinear editing suites, a broadcast television studio, and various field production camera packages. IIT also offers audio, video, CD, and DVD duplication to its constituents for a fee. Contact 229-931-2074 if you have any questions or require our services.

Weekly Broadcasting Schedule

GSW-TV can be seen on Mediacom Cable channel 16 in Americus, GA

Click here to view the current schedule

On Demand

GSW Convocations

GSW Third World in Perspective Seminars

GSW Department of Music Concerts

GSW Women's Studies Speaker Series

African American Male Institute

GSW Commencement Exercises

Southwestern Spotlight

GSW Alumni Experience

Sumter County School's "Kids Under Construction"

 Sumter County School's "LEARN"

 Misc. Campus and Community Programming

Hurricane Watch (GSW's Student Television Production organization)



GSW does not repair personally-owned computing equipment.  Contact a local vendor for services on non-state-owned equipment.

Technical Support for Campus Computing Equipment

  1. Requests for support are placed via email (, phone (2074), or through the Technical Request web form.
  2. Usually within one hour, the person making the request will receive an email indicating which technician has been assigned the request…
  3. "This request is being handled by "Technician Name". They will contact you shortly regarding completion of this request."
  4. As quickly as possible (within 24 hours), the technician will contact the person making the request and set up a day and time for the request to be handled.
  5. After the technician has completed the request, the person who made the request will receive an email from the manager of Information Technology letting them know the job has been completed and asking for feedback…
  6. "This tech support request is completed. Please let me know if there are any issues with the completion of this request."
  7. The manager of Information Technology will close out the request.

It is our goal to complete a request for technical support within 24 hours. However, since it is not always feasible to do so, we will provide an estimated date for completion of requests that require more time.

Request Technical Support


This document establishes a standard for password creation and protection in order to mitigate compromise of sensitive or confidential information.


This security standard applies to all users (employees, contractors, vendors, and other parties) of Georgia Southwestern State University technology systems.


All passwords shall be constructed with the following characteristics:

  1. At least 10 characters in length
  2. Must contain characters from at least 3 of the following categories:
    1. English uppercase letters (A-Z)
    2. English lowercase letters (a-z)
    3. Base 10 digits (0-9)
    4. Non-alphanumeric characters (for example, !, $, #, %)
  3. Must not contain the user’s name or part of the user’s name
  4. Must not contain accessible or guessable personal information about the user (such as birthdays, children’s names, addresses, etc.)
  5. Must be different from your previous four passwords

All system-level passwords (e.g., root, enable, Windows admin, application administration accounts, etc.) shall be changed every 90 days. All user- level passwords (e.g., email, web, desktop computer, etc.) shall be changed every 180 days.

Temporary or “first-use” passwords may violate the above requirements, but must be changed by the user upon first logon.

Administrators are given authority to determine security of passwords that violate the above requirements if other measures are put in place, such as account lockout or password history.

All passwords should be treated as confidential information, and should not be shared with anyone, including but not limited to administrative assistants, system administrators, and helpdesk personnel.

Passwords shall not be stored in clear text. Cryptography shall be used when storing password information. Passwords shall not be inserted into email messages or other forms of electronic communication unless encrypted.

User accounts that have system-level privileges granted through group memberships or programs shall have a unique password from other accounts held by that user.

If an account or password is suspected of being compromised, the incident must be reported to the appropriate access administrator or in accordance with local incident response procedures.

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