The purpose of this article is to help faculty and staff orient themselves to the new InsideSOU layout and some of the changes that were made to Banner over the summer of 2016 and 2018.
We recommend that you watch the training video for faculty included in our knowledgebase article InsideSOU Help Videos. You can also send the link to your students who have questions about InsideSOU, as we have videos for them there as well.
The most important area of InsideSOU is the Online Services box, and especially the Faculty Tools page linked to from the Online Services box.
On the Faculty Tools page, you will find links to all of the relevant SISWEB forms for managing your classes and advisees as well as a useful Quick Tips section. If you have questions about this page, please contact your Computing Coordinator.
Banner now authenticates through a different system from the rest of our online services, so you will need to set up your Banner password separately. You can do that easily through InsideSOU by looking for the Set Your Banner Password link in the top-right area of the main page, under the Banner tab, when you're signed in.
On the Banner Password screen, enter the password that you want to use for Banner. You can use the same password you use for your network account, it just has to be set on this page in order for the system to recognize it.
As for accessing Banner, you can use the Banner link in the Online Services section of InsideSOU, depicted below. Please note that this link will only work if you are using Internet Explorer on Windows or the Safari browser on Macintosh. If you are attempting to access Banner from off-campus, you will need to use Internet Explorer within a remote desktop connection. Please ask your Computing Coordinator for help with that process if you are new to it.
The other way to use Banner on any SOU-owned computer is to look for the Banner app that is installed on your computer itself. On Windows, you can find the application in your All Programs or All Apps list under a folder called Banner. On Macintosh, you'll find the application in your Applications folder, where it is also called Banner. Its icon is a yellow star in both cases.
When you launch the Banner app, it will launch the appropriate web browser on your computer which will in turn load Banner for you.
You do not need to enter anything into the Database field when logging in to Banner. After you've entered your credentials, click Connect and you will be in Banner.
As a special note to anyone with a non-standard username that does not match the format last name + first initial + (optionally) numbers, your Banner username is going to be in the standard format. Please contact your Computing Coordinator if you do not know your Banner username and need us to look it up for you.