Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get Internet Access?

Free wireless internet access is available all over campus for registered DBU students. The first time you access the internet through DBU's wireless network using an unregistered device, you will be redirected to a registration page. You can register for wireless access using your WebAdvisor username and password. All wireless registrations are deleted at the end of each semester, so you need to re-register your wireless devices each semester.

What are the password requirements for Account Access Setup?

Your password must be 8 characters long with 2 numbers within the 8 characters. You password cannot exceed more than 8 characters. For help on Account Access Setup please click here.

Why do I need a DBU email account? How can I set it up?

All current DBU students are required to have a DBU email account. All official university correspondence will be sent to this account. To set up your email account with DBU, click here and follow the on-screen instructions. If you need assistance, please stop by the DBU helpdesk on the second floor of the Collins Learning Center or call 214.333.5500.

How do I register for classes online?

Through DBU's WebAdvisor web site for students. You must meet certain criteria before registering online. See the site for details.

How can I purchase software and hardware at discounted rates?

The DBU campus community can obtain discounts on major software and hardware purchases by visiting To purchase orders over the phone call 1.877.890.1549.

Do I need to use a special wireless card in my computer?

It is recommended that you use an 802.11g wireless card or have a laptop with an internal wireless card to access the DBU wireless network. Click here for a listing of recommended wireless cards at DBU.

Is my dorm wireless or wired for Internet?

After you know which dorm you will be staying in, call 214.333.5500 and ask if your dorm and room number have wireless access, wired access, or both. DBU is moving toward becoming completely wireless.

Internet Policy

Click here to read the Internet Policy.

Where can I print my documents if I am in a hurry for class?

The Computer Lab, located on the second floor of the Learning Center, has a printing kiosk available for you to print your documents while on the run.

Can I utilize wireless on my printer?

No. Wireless printers must be turned off. If you need help turning your wireless printer feature off please call the computer lab at 214.333.5500.

Can I bring my own cable TV box from home to use with my television set?

No. You may not plug in your own cable TV box. All DBU residence halls, apartments, and town homes are already equipped with cable television. Moreover, your local cable service does not allow the removal of the cable box from the resident billing address that the box was assigned to.

What is Anti-Virus software? Can I get a free package for my computer?

According to DBU's Internet Policy, all devices used on DBU's network must be equipped with appropriate Anti-Virus software.  Anti-Virus software prevents, detects, and removes computer viruses, worms, and trojan horses from your computer.

Use the links below to get Anti-Virus software for free.
PC Users: Microsoft Security Essentials
MAC Users: Sophos

Note: Any personal computer using the DBU Internet must have Anti-Virus software installed and configured to update it's data patterns at least once per week. If you need help configuring your Anti-Virus software, please call the DBU computer lab at 214.333.5500.

What is Spyware? Can I get free Spyware removal software for my computer?

According to DBU's Internet Policy, all devices used on DBU's network must be equipped with appropriate Spyware removal software.  Spyware software collects information from your computer about your computer usage without your knowledge. This software can also change your computer settings and slow down your computer. Spyware removal software can detect and remove a multitude of Spyware and adware from your computer.

Use the links below to get Spyware removal software for free.
PC Users: Malwarebytes
MAC Users

Note: Any personal computer using the DBU Internet must have Spyware removal software installed and configured to update it's data patterns at least once per week. If you need help configuring your Spyware removal software, please call the DBU computer lab at 214.333.5500.


Mandatory Software For Personal Computers

Any personal computer using the DBU Internet must have Anti-Virus (such as Norton, McAfee, Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG) and Spyware software (such as Malwarebytes, SpyBot, Ad Aware) installed on the system. Additionally, please ensure that each software package is configured to automatically update its data patterns. If they are not configured to update automatically, you must manually update these data pattern files weekly. Each package needs to also be configured to run a full scan of your computer on a regular basis (once a week). Again, some packages have a scheduling service built-in and others require you to manually start the scan. It is your responsibility to keep your computer clean from Viruses and Malware. These threats can not only affect your computer but also attack other student computers on the network.

If you do not have, or are not sure you have, a current Anti-Virus and Spyware removal package installed and configured to update regularly, please feel free to download and use the software packages listed below. You will have to update and start full scans manually on your computer. If you have any questions about your current setup or how to load the software packages below, please feel free to contact our Help Desk at 214.333.5500.

Free Anti-Virus software:
PC Users:Microsoft Security Essentials
MAC Users: Sophos

Free Spyware removal software:
PC Users:Malwarebytes
MAC Users:Sophos


Copyright Information

Dallas Baptist University prohibits all users of DBU network resources from violating applicable copyright laws and encourages the use of freely available resources as an alternative to copyright infringement.

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information regarding U.S. Copyright Law, please visit Copyright Clearance Center


Avoiding Copyright Infringement

Avoid Peer to Peer File Sharing

The safest way to avoid copyright infringement trouble is to avoid using peer-to-peer and other file sharing software altogether.

Use Legal Alternatives

There are plenty of legal alternatives — and plenty of options: including pay-per-song, subscription, and streaming — many are free. Also to note, free doesn't always mean illegal, and not all paid services are legal. It's your job to make sure.

Disable outbound sharing

If you still intend to use peer-to-peer or other file sharing software, ensure that it's not configured to automatically share the files on your computer. If configured improperly, malware (viruses), spyware, or identity theft could await you.

Hardware Sharing

Be aware when others use your computer or mobile device. If the machine connected to the network is registered to you, you'll be the one contacted after an incident.

Educate yourself

Learn how peer-to-peer (P2P) software works and how software can be used to pirate music, and then avoid it. This site serves as a great place to start.

Read the Fine Print

Legal sites should have documentation available proving that their service doesn't violate copyright laws.

Get permission to share

Confirm that the distributor of a file you are interested in downloading has permission from the copyright holder to distribute it. Assume you don't have permission to download or distribute a file unless you have proof to the contrary.


If all else fails, ask — the software company in question, a lawyer, or contact us. We're not lawyers, but we'll give you our best opinion.


Some content adapted from © 2012


Legal Alternatives to File Sharing

The following list is composed of some of the more popular legal alternatives to file sharing currently available. DBU endorses the use of these solutions only in that they provide legal methods for downloading online content; DBU does not endorse any specific product, site, or service.