Product warning, Regismart

February 19th, 2010

If you are an OSU student or parent or are planning to be an OSU student next year, please read this advisory message from the Office of the Registrar about a new software package called “Regismart”. Regismart can cause serious problems to occur in your Online Services profile that may prevent you from further accessing your account.

Additionally, sharing your OSU ID in conjunction with your GAP (General Access Pin) puts your online account at risk.

Notice to all Oregon State University Students:

Recently, a third-party computer program called “Regismart” has been offered for sale to OSU/Cascades students as an automated way for students to register for their classes as soon as their registration priority time arrives, and/or as a way to continue to check for openings once classes fill. Oregon State University does not endorse this program, nor any software program, either commercially or independently created, which automates registration processes in Student Online Services. This product has the real potential of locking a student out of registering for classes or altering their registration for classes for the entire term. Oregon State University and the Office of the Registrar strongly recommend that students not share their OSU ID and GAP with third party entities. Sharing this information opens students up to potential security and privacy risks. There is also no guarantee that information shared utilizing this software program will be kept confidential and/or not shared with other outside entities, or that the software’s database is secured against potential hackers.

For more information please review the following web page for more information on how this and other like products impact the registration process for students: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/regismartnotice.html.

-JM

4 Responses to “Product warning, Regismart”

  1. Chris says:

    Thanks for the warning !!!

  2. tukita.tk says:

    If you are an OSU student or parent or are planning to be an OSU student next year, please read this advisory message from the Office of the Registrar about a new software package called “Regismart”. Regismart can cause serious problems to occur in your Online Services profile that may prevent you from further accessing your account.

  3. Nathan says:

    Wow! Talk about a defensive overreaction. Innovative and enterprising students finally find a solution to the dinosaur systems used by universities, and what does the university do? Spread misinformation about the product and threaten to lock students out of registration and prosecute them under the acceptable use policy. Unbelievable. The truth is that there are no grounds for such prosecution. The truth is also that regismart was designed NOT to overload the system. The product does not try a barrage of hits every second, but ONE TRY EVERY SEVERAL MINUTES. A forward looking and progressive university would be grateful for this product because it is good for students. It saves thousands of hours that could be used for other purposes. The university didn’t have to design it or hire software writers to develop it. It’s all been done. All the university has to do is not crush it and perhaps find a way to accommodate it. Where is the imagination and good faith? Who is really looking out for the students? We can do better.

  4. Matt says:

    Hi Nathan,

    Thank you for sharing your opinions. I must strongly disagree with them because I feel as though at no point was “misinformation” or “threats” being used in the statement from the Office of the Registrar at OSU. I encourage you to re-read the statement in its entirety and in detail at:

    http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/regismartnotice.html

    On a personal note, it is not wise to share personal information (such as your OSU ID, GAP, PIN, DOB, or –worse yet– SSN) with third party entities. As a victim of identity theft, the potential risks do NOT outweigh the convenience. While “imagination” and “good faith” are commendable ideals, let’s not forget about good ol’ common sense.

    -mko

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