If you are reading this page, chances are you have the basic tools and skills needed for Tunxis’ online classes. (More detailed information is provided in the Online Student Orientation.)


Ability to:

  • access the Internet
  • access your Office 365 account and associated apps
  • send and receive email
  • send and receive email attachments
  • download documents and/or software

Individual courses may require supplemental software or hardware. The course syllabus will outline specific hardware and software requirements-be sure to read the course description and look for any special computer requirements.

The Browser Check page will provide you with links to utilities that will help you determine if you have the proper software to successfully access Tunxis Online Education.


Viewing documents created in software applications not currently running on your computer may require you to download and install plug-ins. Plug-ins are free software programs available on the Web. These tools add functions to your web browser or enable you to view specialized content.

Visit the download page for the most commonly used plug-ins.


Using the web-browser on your mobile device

You should not be using the web-browser on your device to access Blackboard Learn. Mobile device browsers are not full-fledged browsers and are missing many of the vital components necessary for Blackboard use. Instead, you should download the app or use your desktop / laptop.

If you opt to use the Mobile app, It’s important to understand that the app does not provide the full functionality of Blackboard Learn. Your computer or laptop with supported browser and java settings needs to be the primary online tool for your course. While mobile devices provide convenient access to check in and read information about your courses, they should NOT be used to perform work such as taking tests, quizzes, completing assignments, or submitting substantive discussion posts.

For more information on Mobile Devices, please visit: https://cscu.edusupportcenter.com/sims/helpcenter/common/layout/SelfhelpArticleView.seam?inst_name=cscu&article_id=1912-1463992


Class sessions may be recorded and uploaded to Blackboard and shall be used for the purpose of completing course assignments only.  Unless prior permission is obtained or reasonable accommodation granted, students are not permitted to record classes. Students participating in the virtual classroom should refrain from sharing personally identifiable information from education records.  Additionally, U.S. Copyright Law, Connecticut State law, or relevant collective bargaining agreements protect the intellectual property of the faculty member, CSCU or Tunxis Community College, which may include, but is not limited to: lectures, demonstrations, or performances.  Any redistribution of recordings without the faculty’s or the institution’s prior approval constitutes academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary sanctions. CSCU or Tunxis Community College reserves the right to delete the class recordings pursuant to CT State law retention requirements after the period of instruction is over.


Information and policies such as the following can be found on our website on the “About TCC > Consumer Information” webpage:

  • myCommNet.edu: everything you need to know…
  • Essential College Policy Statements
  • Board of Regents Policy on Student Conduct
  • Other College Policies
  • Academic Calendar



SafeAssign, TurnItIn or other anti-plagiarism detection software products may be used in Tunxis courses. Anti-plagiarism detection software products assist faculty and students in preventing and detecting plagiarism. Professors may utilize such software in order to check the originality of the academic work students submit in a course by comparing submitted papers to those contained in its database consisting of submitted papers and other sources. Anti-plagiarism detection software returns an “originality report” for each submission. The report is limited in scope to merely identifying passages that are not original to the author of the submitted work and which may include correctly cited quotations and information. Professors and students must carefully review such reports. No adverse action may be taken by a professor with respect to a student solely on the basis of an originality report which indicates the potential for plagiarism.

In Tunxis courses you may be asked to submit your academic papers and other creative work containing personally identifiable information for originality reporting. By doing so, your work along with personally identifiable information will be retained in the product database and may be subsequently reported out containing your personally identifiable information not only to your professor/s, but also to professors of the other twelve Connecticut Community Colleges as part of subsequent originality reports.

You may decline to submit your work for originality reporting. If so, you must be provided an alternative method in which to submit your work. However, your professor, after removing your personally identifying information, may nonetheless submit limited portions of your academic work for originality reporting.

For more information, contact Adrianne Dunham, Director of Education Technology and Interim Director of Library & Instructional Technologies (LIT).