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All students (and auditors) will receive four sets of credentials to effectively navigate student life at BSK: a bsk.edu email address, a Populi account, a Georgetown College ID and password, and BSK ID card.
The use of each is outlined below.
After being admitted to the seminary, we will send you instructions on establishing your institutional email address. Typically, this is sent to the email address through which you applied for admission.
Please set this up as soon as possible and check it regularly; this is an important way through which faculty and staff will communicate with during your time as a student. It is also your login for Microsoft 365, which is the software suite you are expected to use for all BSK-related work. Your email address will typically follow this pattern [first initial] [surname]@bsk.edu for students. While most Microsoft applications can be used on local devices, for webmail: go to https://outlook.office.com/owa/
Please check your BSK email regularly or forward it to an account that you check regularly: all students are responsible for knowing information communicated through this channel.
If you need your password reset, please contact email@example.com.
The Seminary uses web-based software called Populi as our learning management system. You will be assigned a login name (typically firstinitialsurname) and create your own password.
This information will come from Populi directly and expires 7 days after it is sent.
It will only be sent to your bsk.edu email, so make sure to set that up as soon as you receive that information (see above) and check it regularly.
Students need to use Populi to access class materials, register for courses, receive and pay student bills, request official transcripts, generate unofficial transcripts and degree audits and many other academic and business functions related to Seminary life. For clear and helpful guides about what you can do Populi and how to do it, visit https://support.populiweb.com.
Please check with your professors and read your syllabi to determine what interactions may be expected through Populi for individual classes.
Populi will also be used to push out notices of class cancelations and other information. Please consider including your mobile telephone number and registering to receive text messages through the system.
Please note that password reset instructions will come from Populi and not from BSK; look for an email from them and not a response to your request.
It is recommended that all students sign up for a (free, limited) account with Zoom (zoom.us) using their bsk.edu email account and download the Zoom app on whatever device(s) they will be using to attend course meetings.
Students new to videoconferencing technology or the Zoom platform can view information here.
The Digital Theological Library
All students will be sent a unique password to access the seminary’s main library, the DTL. [Note: like many library catalogs, anyone can freely browse the contents but in order to access actual articles and eBooks users will need to choose their institution and enter their password.]
Click here to view the minimum recommended technology requirements for successfully engaging in coursework at the seminary.
Office Suite of Software
Microsoft 365 is a comprehensive suite of software that we make available for free to the entire BSK community. While most people will use Outlook for their email and Word for word processing, there are several other applications in this package. All BSK-related work is expected to be submitted in a compatible format unless otherwise specified in advance by your professor.
While you can access these tools from any web browser, your Microsoft 365 subscription is a “family” one that provides you with the right to directly install this software on five devices, but please be aware that you are constrained to a single 1Tb OneDrive account that is linked to each installation by default. We recommend that you de-select this account if you are installing on another person’s workstation, tablet, or phone.
Georgetown College ITS
Our administrative offices are on the campus of Georgetown College and we interact with their IT department in important ways.
- All Students have access to useful library databases through the college’s Learning Resource Center (LRC): Students will be assigned a GC user ID and password which are needed to access subscription database materials (including Atla Serials and Atla Religion); typically [firstinitial][surname] and a long, complex, assigned password. If you need your password reset, it is best to contact Georgetown College ITS directly and explain who you are and what you need: 502.863.4357.
- Students on campus (at Georgetown College only) will and to use the GCWiFi network. There are two wireless internet connections on campus TigerGuest and GCWiFi. Always prefer GCWiFi which requires you GC user ID and password; TigerGuest is an open network and will not give you access to certain resources. GCWiFi is also a noticeably faster connection.
BSK ID Cards
You will be issued a photo ID card with student number by the Georgetown College Business Office.
In addition to being used for identification purposes, this card will be your library card. Have it available to check our library resources, including study rooms. The only time that you would use your student number to sign in to anything, would be to check your library account at: https://georgetowncollege.on.worldcat.org/myaccount.
If you lose your ID card, notify the Registrar immediately: firstname.lastname@example.org.