Changes to Student Encryption Requirements

To minimize in-person contact and reduce COVID-19-related risks, OU IT has designed a new Student Virtual Desktop that eliminates the need for incoming students to bring their laptops to the Device Security Clinic in the Student Unionfor encryption and enrollment in our security program. 


Incoming students or existing students with new devices can complete work requiring Protected Health Information and gain access to general applications like Office, Adobe Reader, SPSS, SAS, and Centricity EMR through this new Student Virtual Desktop.


Work that does not require regulated data, such as attending Zoom lectures or accessing D2L coursework, can be completed on the student’s computer without connecting to the Virtual Desktop.We are working with college support teams to enable access to specialized software where needed. 


Incoming students or existing students with new devices can request access to the Student Virtual Desktop at

OU IT will grant student access within 24 hours of request submission.

Students can log in at For log in details, check out the MyDesk article here:


Existing students with encrypted devices do not need to make any changes. They can continue accessing campus resources as before. We will offer options to transition these students from the centrally-managed program to the Student Virtual Desktop later this year. 


Employees, including Resident trainees, are still subject to managed device encryption facilitated through college-level IT support.


Encryption and Anti-Virus

All students should continue to encrypt their devices with Windows 10 and MacOS encryption tools and install anti-virus software. We have provided instructions and recommendations below: