Please read the Getting Started section before proceeding
When to Work Remotely
All managers are encouraged to provide opportunities for employees to work remotely when possible, while keeping their units open for business.
- You may take your work laptop home for work purposes. Work desktops will not connect from home.
- If your monitor is on a desktop stand, not a movable arm, you may take it home as well.
- You will need to complete a Equipment Removal Form for any equipment you take home
We have a very limited pool of loaner laptops, with priority going to faculty for teaching purposes. Email RossITSupport@umich.edu for assistance.
You may also use your own computer and monitor at home.
To ensure security, please connect to University resources using the VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Purchasing equipment for working from home
If you or your department need to purchase equipment in order to work from home please order from our preferred standard equipment list at UM Computer Showcase. If stock is limited, and you have authorization from your department to order your own equipment for later reimbursement from your department, please look for comparable models with a minimum of 16GB of RAM.
Borrowing equipment from Ross IT
We have a limited pool of loaner equipment for Ross employees. Contact the Ross Helpdesk at RossITSupport@umich.edu for assistance.
How to work remotely
|Use the VPN:||For security, connect to the university network via VPN. This is required for shared drive access.|
|Access your files:||
Ross Shared Drives
|Chat with people:||Use Google Hangouts to chat with individuals and groups.|
|Meet face-to-face online:||
Use BlueJeans to schedule and attend meetings with audio, video and content sharing.
Google Hangouts Meet, a G Suite videoconferencing service, offers instant meetings in your web browser.
|Get your University voicemail:||
You can access your university voicemail inbox from any phone, including your mobile device.
Please do not forward your university phone to a personal or home telephone number. This feature is reserved for critical operations. Instead, please keep your MCommunity profile updated with your preferred contact methods.
|General tips for collaborating and communicating remotely:||
Gather cell or home phone numbers for key team members.
Most smartphones are able to have a conference call with 3 to 5 parties.
Conduct test meetings and/or other activities if you anticipate the need to meet remotely.
For best results, download the BlueJeans app to your device Review Techniques for Teaching Remotely for more information on utilizing BlueJeans for instruction Ensure you have the Webex app installed on your device first. If you do not have the app installed, consult this page to download and install the Webex Desktop App.
Web/Video Conference Solutions
Host a Meeting
Tips for hosting a meeting
Join a Meeting
Tips for joining a meeting
Zoom Product Support
Host a Zoom Meeting
Review how to host a Zoom Meeting for instructions on hosting a Zoom meeting.
Join a Zoom Meeting
Enter the Meeting ID provided to you from the meeting organizer
BlueJeans Product Support
BlueJeans for Teaching
Attend a BlueJeans Meeting
Click on meeting link in invite email
Google Hangouts Meet:
Google Hangouts Meet Support
Host a Google Meet
Getting Started with Google Hangouts Meet
Join a Google Meet
Click on Google Meet URL (link) from email or Canvas link.
Webex Product Support
Host a Webex Meeting
Join a Webex Meeting
Click on the meeting invite link from your Calendar app.
Screen Capture/Recording Solutions
Tips for screen recording
Save screen recording
Tips for sharing screen recordings
Camtasia Product Support
Record the screen and audio
Save Camtasia screen recordings
How to post Camtasia screen recordings
Kaltura Product Support
Save Kaltura screen recordings
How to post Kaltura screen recordings
For best results, download the BlueJeans app to your device
Review Techniques for Teaching Remotely for more information on utilizing BlueJeans for instruction
Ensure you have the Webex app installed on your device first. If you do not have the app installed, consult this page to download and install the Webex Desktop App.