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Office of Information Technology

IT Support Services

There are several teams dedicated to providing technical support and on site assistance for the SMU community. If you need assistance from any of our teams, don't hesitate to contact the IT Help Desk! We look forward to serving you.

IT Help Desk

We've Moved! The Help Desk has moved and is now located back in Fondren Library West.

The Office of Information Technology provides a number of resources to help answer your technology questions and provide guidance when seeking a technology solution.


The Help Desk is located in the Fondren Library West lobby.


Semester Hours *

Monday through Friday:  8 AM – 8 PM
Saturday:  9 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday:  8 AM – 9 PM
Friday:  8 AM – 6 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM

* Semester Hours begin the first day of class and end on the last day of exams.

Contact the Help Desk

 Phone: 214-768-HELP
 Submit a Ticket Online:

Classroom Emergency Support

 Please phone 214-768-8888 to request assistance.


The Help Desk provides support to the entire campus community. In addition to supporting current faculty, staff and students, the Help Desk provides limited assistance to retirees, parents and prospective students. The Help Desk consists of five full time employees. All of the Help Desk staff are HDI certified and are committed to providing exceptional service.

The Help Desk is available to answer questions regarding any of the services that IT provides and any of the software applications that we support. They are able to assist with network configurations, software troubleshooting and training, email support and configuration, and more. The Help Desk staff uses remote tools as well as a shared knowledge base to help provide resolutions to reported issues as quickly as possible. All requests for assistance are documented in the Help Desk software. If the Help Desk is unable to resolve the issue, the ticket will be routed to the appropriate IT technician for resolution. The Help Desk makes every effort to respond to each request the same day it is received.

Service Level Agreements

In order to ensure that your requests for assistance are handled in a timely manner, service level agreements have been configured in the help desk software. Each help request is assigned a priority based on the severity of the request. The "clock" starts running the minute the request is opened. As each threshold is exceeded, additional notifications are sent to the assignee to ensure that each help request is resolved appropriately. The default SLA and thresholds appear below (business hours are calculated as 8-5 Monday through Friday).

  • Emergency: 4 hour target turn around
  • High: 9 hour turn around
  • Medium: 24 hour target turnaround
  • Low: 1 week target turnaround time

The Help Desk Staff includes

  • Lauren Nelson: HDI Certified Analyst,  Help Desk Manager
  • Gina Benavides: HDI Certified Analyst, Apple Support Center Certified, MOS Excel 
  • Janet Asberry: HDI Certified Analyst, Apple Support Center Certified, MOS Outlook
  • Jonathan Bull: HDI Certified Analyst
  • Margaret Dew: HDI Certified Analyst
  • Shanta Ball: HDI Certified Analyst
  • Byron Craig: HDI Certified Analyst

Classroom Support

SMU Classrooms are equipped with a wide range of technology resources to assist in teaching. Most classrooms are equipped with computers, projectors and audio capabilities. Additional equipment such as classroom response systems, VCRs, etc are available by request.

  • Emergency support as well as training is available whenever classes are in session.
  • If classroom help is needed, please call 8-8888 and a technician will be dispatched immediately.
  • Support is also available for campus events that utilize the classrooms. Please make arrangements ahead of time to ensure that coverage is available for your event. Contact the Help Desk (8-4357) to request assistance.
  • For training or to report problems with the equipment, please submit a request via the Online Support Center.
  • Available equipment and instructions are listed by room on the Classroom List page.

For the current list of classrooms with pending maintenance requests, click here

The Classroom Support Team

The Classroom Support team is lead by Abby Kinney. This team supports various types of computers and AV equipment in classrooms throughout campus. When assistance is needed in a classroom, the Help Desk contacts classroom support by radio and the nearest technician is dispatched to resolve the call. The Classroom Support team regularly maintains and monitors the equipment in the classrooms to ensure the equipment is in working order for the faculty.

Classroom Support Staff

  • Shawn Remek
  • Chris Gaut
  • Adam Jones, Technician/Programmer
  • Jim Jaeger

Desktop Database Support

IT offers support and consulting services for desktop database applications including FileMaker and Microsoft Access. Our Desktop Database Analyst, Gary Torborg, is available to assist faculty and staff with creating, troubleshooting and securing databases used for departmental functions. He is very knowledgeable in both applications and can assist in determining the right solution and configuration for a departmental database. Please submit a request for assistance via the Online Support Center.

  • Free consulting service is available to all faculty and staff
  • Each project is assessed based on complexity to determine the appropriate level of consulting required
  • Training classes are offered by Gary Torborg on both Filemaker and Microsoft Access


Digital and Online Media

Most of our digital and online media support is provided through the SMU STAR Program. This program uses trained students to assist faculty and staff to develop DVDs, PowerPoint presentations, videos, web pages, and many other types of computer-based instructional material. Since 1998, the SMU STAR Program has helped faculty on hundreds of projects. You can request a help with a project by going to

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact us for help with:

  • Developing course-related Web pages
  • Digitizing slides and graphics for a course
  • Converting audio and video recordings.
  • Helping a faculty member use social media.
  • Converting old materials to new formats.
  • And much, much more...
Please submit requests for assistance with various multimedia projects through the OIT Online Support Center.

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