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Working From Home

The guidance below assumes that you have consulted with your supervisor to arrange flexible work options in accordance with DASA and university policies.

Please practice these steps before you need to work from home in the event of adverse weather, illness, etc. If you need any help while testing or following these steps, please email

Before Leaving Campus

If you have a laptop, please turn it on and log in before leaving campus.

This step ensures that your Unity login credentials are synced on the laptop. Neglecting to log in to a laptop before you leave campus requires that you come back to campus to log in!

If you have a desktop on campus and want to connect to it from home, please write down your IP address, which can be found at while using your desktop.

Please leave your desktop turned on when you leave campus!

Forward all of your campus phone calls via

Adjust your voicemail via

Test and Protect Virtual Meetings

Convert your in-person meetings to web-based meetings by using Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Remember to test your audio and video (speakers, headphones, microphone, and webcam) before your meeting begins by visiting this guidance from Zoom, and/or following these steps for Google Hangout.

At Home with an NC State Laptop

To use NC State issued devices at home, you will first need to ensure you have a signed Equipment Tracking/Home Use Authorization Form CA-2 form (PDF) on file with your supervisor per REG 07.30.14 – Capital Assets – Home Use of Equipment.

Once you begin working from home, you’ll want to:

  1. Connect to your home network.
  2. Log in to the laptop using your Unity username and password.
  3. Connect to the NCSU VPN.
  4. If you are missing desktop icons, right-click on the desktop and click “Refresh.”

At Home with a Personal Computer

  1. Install the VPN.
  2. Connect to your on-campus computer with these instructions.

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