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UHD Technology Services Still Providing Computers, Equipment to Students In Need


By Mark Kramer

University of Houston-Downtown students who do not have access to needed technology for the Fall Semester can still receive help to obtain this much needed resource.

Once again, UHD Technology Services is providing computers, webcams and Internet access devices to students in need. To date, more than 328 students have been provided with equipment for their learning needs.

“The service we are providing to students has been well received, and is extremely rewarding to us in IT, knowing that we are able to assist students with remote learning who are in need of technology during these unprecedented times,” noted Said Fattouh, UHD Executive Director of Information Technology and Deputy Chief Information Officer.

Students requesting technology must fill out the Technology Needs Survey, which will be reviewed by the Office of the Dean of Students and forwarded to Information Technology (IT) for verification.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled for Fall Semester
  • Have a need for PC, internet or webcam
  • Could not have been an issued a PC during the spring semester unless the PC was not operable

Those approved will be contacted and may pick up their equipment from the IT Surplus Store, Room S819.

The computer distributions were first offered in March when the COVID-19 pandemic and Harris County’s Stay at Home orders left students to finish the semester through virtual instruction. Information Technology then initiated the program to provide students with used/retired computers that are in good working condition. According to Said, 335 students were provided with nearly 400 devices.

Said wants students to also be aware of the resources available through IT, including its Taking Classes Online and Remotely website. In addition, the IT Service Desk remains open 7 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.