This post is intended to help students get started with UALR’s online systems. Please familiarize yourself with UALR’s Network Guidelines and Regulations. In the following examples, we have used the student “Jane Smith” to illustrate how a student would login to the various systems at UALR.
Access to BOSS
BOSS is a self-service information system used by UALR students for numerous reasons, but most commonly used to set up and change password, add and drop classes, make payments, and view midterm/final course grades.
To access BOSS directly (at boss.ualr.edu), a student must know his or her T-number and BOSS PIN. As a student at UALR, your student ID number, also called T-number, can be located on your acceptance letter. If you do not know this information, you can contact Records and Registration at 501.569.3110.
At the Secure Login screen, Jane Smith needs to enter her T-number for the User ID and then her PIN number. If you do not know your PIN number, you can reset your PIN.
Once you are logged into BOSS, you will be able to locate your NetID, email address, and Windows Network ID, or the user name used to log onto the campus computers. Before you are able to log into your email, blackboard, or use the campus computers for the first time, you must log into BOSS to set your password, as this password can be used as a universal password for all UALR accounts.
Setting or Changing Your Password
Once you are able to login to BOSS, you can follow the instructions below to set or change your passwords. Please follow the guidelines for setting a strong password.
- Log into BOSS.
- Select Personal Information.
- Select Change Passwords or View Usernames.
- For each password you want to change, check the box next to the account.
- Enter your new password into the text field, and confirm by entering the password again.
- Select the Change Passwords on Selected Systems button.
Access to Email, Blackboard, and Wifi
Your UALR email account is the primary method of communication from UALR. It is necessary for all students to check and use their UALR email accounts daily to receive emergency alerts, registration and billing information, campus announcements, and other critical notices—specifically communication from your faculty members. Your email address can be found within BOSS under Change Passwords or View Usernames.
UALR’s learning management system Blackboard is used to deliver course content. Additionally, many faculty members post on-going semester progress within the gradebook in Blackboard. Follow these instructions to log in to Blackboard. You may want to check out the how-to guides or contact UALR’s Blackboard support team if you need assistance.
Student workshops for using Blackboard will be held on campus during the first week of classes from Monday, January 14 through Thursday, January 20 in Dickinson Hall (located on the east side of the campus map) at the following times:
- Monday 11:00 a.m. , 11:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. , 1:30 p.m.
- Tuesday 11:00 a.m. , 11:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. , 1:30 p.m. , 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday 11:00 a.m. , 11:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. , 1:30 p.m. , 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday 11:00 a.m. , 11:30 a.m., Noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. , 1:30 p.m.
Logging into Campus Computers and UALR Wifi
Use your Windows Network ID to log into the computer systems at UALR. (Your Windows Network ID, or user ID when using a campus computer, can be found in BOSS under Change Passwords or View Usernames.) Jane Smith’s ID is jxsmith, which is also the first portion of Jane’s email address.
To access campus wifi while on any UALR campus, select “UALR” as your wifi network, and then use your NetID and Password to login. You can read more about UALR’s campus wireless internet here.
Support options from Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS provides support through either self-service options or contact them directly by:
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or
visiting the assistance center in Student Union A (SUA), room 105.