Office 365 ProPlus Gets Personal for Faculty and Staff

Just like students, faculty and staff now have an Office 365 ProPlus subscription that includes five Microsoft Office download licenses (full version) for five personal PC or Mac computers, five Office licenses for tablets plus mobile apps for smartphones.

For example, download Office to your Windows home desktop and your Mac laptop with three licenses left. Download the tablet version of Office to your iPad with four download licenses left for your other tablets.

Your license is active until retirement or you otherwise leave ECU. Retirees and non-employees are not eligible for ECU’s ProPlus license.

Office upgrades are now considered updates with no more installation disks or license codes—monthly updates ensure you always have the latest security and features.

Available Software

Mac: Lync, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word. Office version 2016 for Yosemite and 2011 for all other OS X users.

Windows: Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, Skype for Business (can be used interchangeably with Lync). Office version 2013 for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1; 2010 for all other Windows OS users.

Downloads are full versions that work offline. However, users must connect to the Internet at least once every 30 days to verify their subscription. Otherwise, Office 365 ProPlus goes into reduced functionality mode. Once verified, full functionality is restored.

What about ECU-purchased computers?  There are two ways to update your ECU-owned computer to Office 2013 (Windows) or Office 2016 (Mac):  1) download the Microsoft Office suite from and install the upgrade yourself, 2) submit an IT service request to have Office 2013/2016 installed for you. Note that ECU Download Center software is for ECU-purchased systems only.

Get Started

Log in to using your PirateID and passphrase.

Click the Settings icon on the right and then choose Office 365 settings. Manage the look, Office downloads and licenses from the convenient interface.

Where to Learn More

Visit the Office 365 website to learn details about your Office 365 subscription with links to troubleshooting and training.

Learn with

Log in to your account to access helpful Office instructional courses. Here are just a few:

Questions? Visit the IT Walk-in Help Desk on either campus or call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.

ECU Print Management System Begins August 18

Effective Tuesday, August 18, ECU is implementing a print management system for all enrolled students. An annual print allowance—designated from student technology fees—will be attached to each enrolled student’s PirateID and distributed as follows:

$10 – fall semester
$10 – spring semester
$2.50 – SSI and/or 11-week
$2.50 – SSII and/or 11-week

This equates to 1250 b/w copies ($0.02 per sheet), 250 color copies ($0.10 per sheet) and $0.10 per square foot for specialty printing.

After August 18, only student accounts will be able to access printers in ECU computer labs (see FAQ for exceptions).

If a student uses all the ECU print allotment, personal funds can be added using a debit or credit card at

Any leftover print balances from fall roll over to spring semester with any spring balance rolling over to summer. All unused ECU allotment is lost each fall when accounts are reset.

Personal funds are available in the account until 1) they are used, or 2) the student leaves ECU. However, once a student is no longer at ECU, any remaining balance is lost, including personal funds, with no refund to the student. Cash options for printing in computer labs is not available.

Students check their print quota balance two ways:

1)      A pop-up window shows the account balance when a student logs in to a lab computer on campus, and

2)      The print quota balance is available to the student through, along with a list of transactions and print history. At this time students can view their print history at, but the print allowance is not available until Tuesday, August 18.


Once a student clicks the Print button—either from a lab computer or a print kiosk—a pop-up provides account details including the document name, number of pages and print cost. Students do have the opportunity to confirm or cancel the job before it prints. Students using plotters in special labs are charged by the square foot.

If you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 328.9866 or More information, including an FAQ, can be found at the Pirate Print website.

Please note that ECU employees can no longer print in computer labs after August 18 but do have access to the printers in both Laupus and Joyner libraries. Fees are as follows:

Laupus Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit ($5 card minimum)

Joyner Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit (no minimum)

black/white: $0.02 per page black/white: $0.02 per page
color: $0.10 per page color: $0.10 per page


Employees Have Library Print Option

As you know, ECU is implementing a print management system for students effective Tuesday, August 18, where each student is awarded a print allotment for printing school-related work.  Since these print allotments are budgeted from student technology fees, one consequence of this program is that faculty and staff will no longer be able to print in computer labs.

For most staff, this will not be a problem.  However, one unintended consequence is that some employees, especially those who don’t have everyday access to a printer—facilities services and housekeeping employees, for example—will occasionally require a printed copy of paperwork like W2 forms, check stubs and the like.

While most departments will certainly make arrangements for the printing of work-related paperwork, when this is not possible, employees have the option of printing in both Joyner and Laupus libraries.

Laupus Library Print Fees

Cash/debit/credit ($5 card minimum)

Joyner Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit (no minimum)

black/white: $0.02 per page black/white: $0.02 per page
color: $0.10 per page color: $0.10 per page

While we know this is a change to a long-standing routine, we thank you for helping employees know that the library printing option exists.

For more information on the print management system, including an FAQ, visit the Pirate Print website.