Bring Your Own Device


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a policy that requires School of Nursing students to bring personally owned computing and mobile devices to campus to access Rutgers University and School of Nursing resources such as email, file servers, and databases, as well as their personal applications and data.

This policy is a response to student requests to use their preferred personal devices facilitating easy access to familiar equipment, software, and data. It went into effect during fall semester of 2018.
As a Rutgers School of Nursing student, you are required to:

» Have a fully functioning computing or mobile device (laptop computer or tablet) with them during each class.

» Take all course examinations on their own personal devices.

» Have a minimum of a 2GHz Intel processor and a minimum of 8GB of RAM when testing on their PC or Mac laptop in order for the testing software (Examplify) to work properly.
Most devices can access the Rutgers wireless networks (RUWireless Secure & RUHealthSciences) without any difficulty. The following is a partial list of devices that have successfully connect to the network:

» Android Devices with Version 2.2 or newer

» Apple iPhones and iPads with IOS 9 or newer

» Laptop computers with MacOS El Capitan and greater

» Laptop computers with Windows 7 operating system and greater

Although these devices meet the requirements for in-class needs like taking notes and exams, iPads and mobile devices may not be as useful for writing scholarly papers in the format needed and should not be used for any exams.
» Amazon Echo Dot devices

» Chromecast streaming devices

» Google Home devices

» Personal wireless routers or personal wireless access points

» Wireless printers
Windows Laptops:
» Operating system: 64 bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 10 Professional
» CPU processor: Intel Core i7, Dual Core 2.7 GHz or better (6th-generation CPU or better – except 12th-generation)
» RAM: 8GB or greater
» Hard drive: minimum 500GBs i (Traditional or Solid State are acceptable)
» Screen resolution must be 1024×768 or higher
» Integrated webcam with microphone
» Integrated or USB connectable CD drive

Macintosh Laptops:
Check the Examplify website for compatibility updates.
» MacBook Pro recommended; MacBook Air is acceptable
» Operating system: 64 bit Mac OS X 10.11 or higher (El Capitan)
» RAM: 8GB or greater (MacBook Pro comes standard with 8 GB)
» Hard drive: minimum 128GBs
» Screen resolution must be 1024×768 or higher
» Integrated webcam with microphone
» Integrated or USB connectable CD drive

Laptops purchased in the last few years are likely to meet the minimum specification. Some will provide slow response times, which is usually a function of how much internal memory or disk space is available
Listed below are the basic requirements for the software needed on your computer while you are a student at SON.

Microsoft Office 365:
» You can download and install Office 365 for free by authenticating with your Rutgers Connect account.
» Download and log in to Office 365 with

» Rutgers University recommends Immunet Antivirus Software, which can be downloaded for free.

Adobe Products:
» Adobe Reader
» Adobe Flash
» Adobe Shockwave

» Download Java

» Download Endnote

» You are required to download and install Examplify, the offline testing platform that will provide you with a secure and stable exam environment.
» You’ll be provided credentials to download and install this software during the first week of class.
» You can log in at the “Exam Takers” section on the top of the ExamSoft page.
» Examplify Installation Video can be found here

SPSS and various other software installation can be purchased from
SPSS can also be accessed for student usage by going to
It’s your responsibility to regularly maintain software updates from your device’s operating system (iOS or Windows) and the Antivirus software definition files. The IT department will assist you with connectivity issues and can make recommendations about hardware or software issues you may experience.

If you have a hardware problem, repairs can be performed by Rutgers Kite+Key at your own expense. View more information about Kite+Key including locations and hours.

Rutgers School of Nursing has laptops that can be loaned to students who have access problems or if their computers have suddenly stopped working. Loaners are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the duration of the specified class.
The link below will have the configuration steps for setting up and configuring wireless access:

» Configure RU Wireless

» Configure your device

Please view the School of Nursing Computing Bring Your Own Device Acceptance Use Policy.

Further information in regard to Rutgers University computing policies and procedures can be found at Rutgers Office of Information Technology Computing Policies and Guidelines.