Unifyed Student – Engage | Release 9.1

Nov 2 2019

New Features


Message Acknowledgement

This new feature allows users to request for acknowledgement for the messages they have sent. The acknowledgement notification would be visible to users ONLY upon login. The sender can also set an expiration date so that the message no longer appears on the login screen of the user.

The message acknowledgement behaviour depends on the criticality of the message has been sent as per below:

  • Acknowledgement for High Priority Message – User WILL NOT be able to proceed further without acknowledging the message.
  • Acknowledgement for Low Priority Message – User can skip the enhancement and proceed further with/without acknowledging the message.
  • Set the priority from High or Low for the message to be sent.
  • Choose if you require an acknowledgement for the message or not.
  • Set the expiry date for the messaging so it no longer appears when a user logs into the system.

Note: Request Acknowledgement feature is ONLY available for Push Notification & WILL NOT support other communication channels i.e. Email, SMS & Connect Messages.

Integration to PeopleSoft Apps

With this release, Unifyed has the integration with the new Peoplesoft Apps which is available at Unifyed Appstore. All the integrated apps are listed below:

  1. Peoplesoft – Grades
  2. Peoplesoft – Personal Info
  3. Peoplesoft – Transcript
  4. Account Balance/Account Summary

RBAC Functionality Extention

With this release, a new feature ‘Studio Access Control’ is available for tenant admins. ‘Studio Access Control’ extends RBAC capability to Studio level. Now, a tenant admin can create new Content Creator and Admin with rights only to do specific tasks e.g. only to create content/article, pages etc.

  1. You can find ‘Studio Access Control’ under settings from left-hand navigation panel of Studio.
  2. Add new admins under ‘Add New Studio Admin’ screen by clicking   button.
  3. Select a user to assign the rights under the access control section as per the requirement.

Yoda – New Look

Yoda – The Chatbot has a new interface, more modern look and feel with upgraded framework V2 of dialogflow from Google, new images, colours and style. For interaction, you can also now select language as per your preference. You can choose the language of your choice by clicking



Messaging Templates

With this release, the Messaging app’s functionality has been enhanced to re-send a sent message with just one click; also, save the message as a template for future usage. You can also create Message Templates through Messaging app. Messaging template feature allows you to create, edit, delete and save a template.

You can resend a message by clicking the resend button listed under . Upon successful delivery of the message, a confirmation popup message will be displayed.
Note: You can only edit a message once you decide to resend it.

  1. All the existing templates are placed under the Template section of the Messaging App.
  2. You can filter your template search based on channel(s).
  3. The template preview is available by clicking any of the channel(s) selected for a template.
  4. Edit, delete & use template features are present under more_horiz   icon.
  5. Clicking on ‘Create’ button   gives you a form for fresh/new template creation.

Sensitive Data Exposure

The AWS s3 credentials from endpoints API are no longer exposed and are secured by encryption to tackle any security breach.

Unrestricted File Upload

Previously, the system was accepting an image of any size and type. However, now, the image upload has been restricted to max 5 MBs in size and the allowed image formats are only png, jpg and jpeg.

Drive App Enhancements

With this release, Unfiyed Engage has the enhanced version of the Drive app to give users more options, features and capabilities. Following are the features available to users:

  1. Multiple Files Upload – Previously, users could only upload a single file at a time. Now, the functionality has been enhanced to select and upload multiple files in one time to a folder. The maximum limit for file upload is set to 30 files at a time with max 7 MB each.
  2. Public URL for Files – This functionality creates URL(s) for each uploaded file. The URL can be used for Connect posts, Messaging, Emailing etc.

Message to a Single User

Previously, admins were restricted to send messages to a group only. This release enables admins to send messages to an individual user(s) as well.

Sub-Term Field Addition

With this release, you can now search for classes based on sub-term. A new field ‘Sub-Term’ has been added inside the register for classes applet.

SMS Messaging Applet

Previously, there was a limit of 100 characters set on the SMS channel for messaging. Due to this limit, sender was able to type a message more than 100 characters, but the receiver would only get the 100 characters of the message. The remaining characters would be delivered in a separate message(s). With this release, the character limit on SMS messaging has been removed. You can now send and receive more than 100 characters in a single message.

Unifyed Groups – Label Change

Unifyed Groups labelling is clearer and more intelligible with this release. Now, a Unifyed group with more than 1 member is labelled ‘Members’ and any group with just 1 member is labelled as ‘Member’.

Drag & Drop Favourites

With this release, adding Favorites through ‘Drag & Drop’ feature has been enhanced to work on Mozilla Firefox as well. Now, you can add favourites on Mozilla Firefox in a similar manner to other browsers.

Security – Vulnerable Targets

With this release, the proxy API calls cannot execute URLs without them being added to the ‘Allowed Proxy URLs’ list by the tenant admin. These URLs must be added to the ‘Allowed Proxy URLs’ list in Studio > Settings > Site Settings > Proxy URLs tab. This limitation is being added as part of the security patch for Unifyed and Kryptos environment.

Sensitive Data Exposure

Simple Auth Mechanism used for middleware was leaking critical login credentials information which an attacker could use to get access to the database. The security around the middleware server has been enhanced using hash and bcryptEncoder with this release.

Security – Stack Traces

There was an error displayed related to tracing a user. However, for security reasons the visibility of the error trace for a user has been blocked from backend with this release.

Github Data Exposure

Security on Github server has been enhanced by deleting a file containing sensitive information and removing unimportant APIs which were leaking crucial information containing other sensitive information like users, passwords & AWS storage credentials.

Broken Access Control

Some APIs were exposing sensitive username and password details while performing inspect element. With the enhancement, the sensitive data has been removed/blocked from displaying on the screen.

Bugs & Fixes


Broken Connect and Messaging Applets

Some clients reported the issue of not being able to post anything on the Connect applet. This issue has been fixed and the Connect applet is working as designed.

Auto-Login Issues

The issues wherein system keeping login session active even after re-opening Safari browser in Mac Machines has been fixed. Now, users are no longer auto logging into the system upon closing and re-opening the Safari browser. However, on windows machines, the user still auto logins in after closing and re-opening of the browser.

Broken Paging & Email Filtering

All the issues with Gmail Dashboard given below are now fixed:

  1. Pagination of Gmail Dashboard which was broken now works fine.
  2. Gmail Dashboard was not filtering the emails based on filter flags. This issue is now fixed.
  3. CTRL+F5 does not reverse the selection after refreshing the screen.

Functionless Back Button

An issue reported with back button functionality of ‘Student Schedule’ and ‘Faculty Schedule’ applet is now fixed. Clicking the back button now working as designed and take you back to the Homepage.

Broken Bluelight Applet

BlueLight applet had trouble in saving/updating the contact or guardian details. This issue is now fixed and contact information can be updated in BlueLight applet.

Discrepancy in Grade Data

The system now displays a list of courses along with grades and credits earned including course name, grades & credits earned after selecting a term in the applet.

Portal Time-Out Issue

An issue was reported wherein the portal was not logging out automatically after 60 min of idle time and continued to stay on the homepage until refreshed. This issue is now fixed, and portal logs out automatically after 60 mins of inactivity on the screen.

Schedule App not Displaying Data

Schedule App was not displaying any data under ‘today’s schedule’ and ‘my course info’ section of it. This issue has now been fixed and the relevant information is available in Schedule App.

Frozen Homepage Screen

The issue wherein users were stuck on the loading screen and not able to log into the system is now fixed.

Accessibility Compliance

Along with the platform, this release is compliant to WCAG conformance levels A & AA.

Supported Browsers & Devices

This release is supported on the following browsers and devices:.

Supported Devices
DeviceOperating System
iPad RetinaiOS 10.3.3
iPhone 6iOS 12.1.2
Nexus 5xAndroid 8.1.0
iPhone XiOS 12.1.2
One Plus 6Android 9
Samsung GalaxyAndroid 9
iPhone Xs MaxiOS 12.1.2
iPhone 11 ProiOS 13.1.1
Supported Devices
DeviceOperating System
DeviceOperating System
Chromeversion 68-71
Safariversion 12
Firefoxversion 55-64
Internet Explorer (Edge)version 20-40

About Unifyed

Unifyed™ is the only AI-first, microservices-based, cloud-native student information system provider and serves over 750 colleges and universities in seven countries. Unifyed is a beautiful and easy-to-use solution designed with an AI-first approach to increasing student engagement and international enrollment. Developed by Columbia University in partnership with the higher education community, our solution is both affordable and flexible to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional institutions alike.