Wichita school operates in ’70s style following system crash

Administrators, staff and students at Friends University in Wichita experimented with ’70s-style communications following a computer systems crash last week.

The crash removed the school’s Wi-Fi, email and operating system, preventing students and teachers from submitting and accessing homework online or communicating electronically, Wichita reported. Eagle.

A spokeswoman for the university downplayed the significance of the crash but admitted that connection issues persisted on Thursday. Vice President of Enrollment Management Deb Stockman said the university was forced to shut down the school’s network after unusual activity was noticed on the network on November 11.

Political science professor Russel Fox said that without access to e-mail or other communications or operating software, “people left notes on the doors.”

Even the teachers don’t really know what caused the blackout. A meeting was held on Zoom on Friday to discuss system issues – but campus staff couldn’t watch because the university’s system and Wi-Fi were down, Fox said. Campus Wi-Fi was restored on Thursday, Fox said.

Biology professor Patrick Mathews said some staff learned the problem was from a computer virus, not a ransomware attack that hit many schools, hospitals, businesses and government departments over the course of the last year.

Kaela Ruggles, a senior computer science student, said she was having problems accessing her grades, the classes needed to graduate and an electronic time card for her work on campus, which had to be filled out with a pen and paper.

“I’m going to old school,” she said.

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