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AFSA Telecommuting Resource Guide: Home

Information for AFSA employees on working from home.


If you have general questions about Telecommuting / working from home, contact one of the individuals below.

Kelley Minars, Briscoe Library


Ellyse Sanchez, Student Life


Christopher Fuglestad, International Services


Gina Schiller, VPAFSA


If you have more specific questions, contact the IMS Service Desk.

IMS Service Desk
Mon-Fri, 6:00AM-6:00PM; Temporarily extended to: M-F, 6am-8pm

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams - Browser-based version of Teams.

Creating a Teleconference or Video Conference Using Outlook

  1. Open your Outlook Calendar
  2. In Outlook click the 'New Teams Meeting' button in the top menu
  3. The appointment will configure itself for a teleconference/video conference.
  4. Complete and send the appointment as normal.
  5. Attendees will receive an email with the option to join your teams meeting.

Guide to meeting with external attendees

Telephoning Remotely

The university is currently asking employees to not forward their phones, as this may overtax the number of lines available. Instead Jabber can be used as a 'softphone' to receive calls on your computer or mobile device.


To use Jabber for telephone purposes via a computer or mobile device submit an IMS Service Request. Fill out the form in TeamDynamix and choose whether you'd like Jabber enabled on mobile, desktop, or both. If choosing mobile include your phone number in the additional information box.

You will need to download the Jabber app if using a mobile device and will be able to log in using your UT Health domain name and password once your service request has been completed.

Other Links

Cisco Phones Self Care Portal - Use this site to check your desk phone settings remotely.

VPN And Two-Factor Authentication

IMS Guide to downloading and setting up VPN and Duo Authentication

When you are off-campus VPN is required to:

  • Access secure University information (Student Administration, Financials, Employee Self-Service, and others)
  • Remotely access an on-campus computer
  • Connect to mapped drives

There are two requirements to connect to the VPN:

  • Download and install the University's Virtual Private Network (VPN) software (Global Protect) to your computer or Cisco AnyConnect for mobile devices
  • Enroll in Duo Two-Factor Authentication