On-Campus from Off-Campus

A number of services exist on-campus that are not directly accessible from off-campus such as, Collegix, shared files, printing, and etc. To enable secure access to these services we provide special a "tunnel" called "Virtual Intranet Access" (VIA).


VIA is the preferred connection mechanism for accessing on-campus services. It is a software client compatible with Windows and Apple computers that automatically detects if the computer is on the campus network. If the computer is on the college network, it stays dormant. When the computer off-campus, VIA detects that the network is remote and creates a secure tunnel to the campus. All detected Morningside traffic is sent to campus using this tunnel, allowing the client computer to function exactly as though it were on-campus.

Because the software detects the network automatically, it is safe to leave it running.

Supported use for VIA client

Because the VIA client allows seamless network access to Morningside Campus from any outside location all use is expected to abide by the Data Security Policy (see below). The best way to use VIA, for users with a desktop workstation on campus, is to utilize "Remote Desktop" technology over the VIA connection.

Remote desktop allows a remote user to open a window to a computer on campus.

Through the Remote Desktop window all programs, files, and icons are available for use without actually downloading data away from campus.

VIA Installation and Configuration Instructions

Mac Users

  1. Download the Aruba VIA app from the Apple App Store on your computer, or at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/aruba-via/id1439900554.
  2. A dialog box will be presented after the installation, use it to configure the client with the following information:

    Remote Server: aruba-via.morningside.edu
    Username: Your regular Morningside username
    Password: ********

  3. Choose Connect.

  4. All Done!

Windows Users

  1. Contact the Tech Services department for installation help.
    1. In person: The TSC is located on the lower level of Olsen Student Center, and is open M-F 8am to 5pm during the academic year.  Hours vary during summer and school breaks.

      By Phone: 712-274-5544

      By Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Data Security Policy

Users employing any of the above methods must be extra conscientious about data security because they can easily facilitate data copies leaving the campus.

If you are going to be accessing student data, or any sensitive information, then you must:

  • Keep the device that you are using secure.
    • Password protect the device. If a computer, smartphone, or tablet, you must set it up so that a password is needed to use it.
    • Don't lose the device or let it get stolen. If it is stolen, call the police and let your supervisor know.
  • Don't download sensitive information, and don't let the apps store keep information on the device.
  • Know the risk and take responsibility for it.