Life Cycle for University-Owned Computers
University policy 370.1 for "Purchasing" designates Information Technology Services as having purchasing responsibility for computer hardware, software, telecommunication equipment, multimedia equipment, and information technology services. Information Technology Services also maintains the inventory of University-owned computers. The University generally purchases a new computer for one of these reasons:
- replacement of a computer designated as being on the "replacement cycle"
- an approved and budgeted addition to University's inventory of computers on the replacement cycle, or
- a computer purchased with grant funding (generally not added to the replacement cycle)
The University only purchases computer equipment that is Energy Star compliant.
The University expects computers used in classrooms and computer labs to be replaced after three years of use. Other University computers, such as those used by the majority of faculty and staff, are expected to be replaced after four years of use.
Computer replacement requests
Faculty and staff who believe the use of their computer has been used for longer than the replacement cycle may request a new computer by calling the IT Service Center. Computers will be replaced following the ITS Office Computer Procedures.
Surplus computers and recycling
Computers that have been replaced must be returned to Information Technology Services. Information Technology Services follows procedures outlined in University policy 371.1 for "Property Control".