The goal of the Computer Renewal Plan (CRP) is to ensure that faculty, staff and students have access to the computer technology necessary for their University work and study. Toward this end, the CRP will provide all full-time faculty and full-time staff with access to appropriately current and robust computers, thus ensuring access to present and planned network operating systems and software applications. Because student computer labs are the primary venues for student access to computers, existing public and departmental computer labs are included in this program.
- Public and department computer labs along with podiums in classrooms are scheduled for replacement on a 3 year cycle with dedicated funding from the University IT Fee.
- CRP is intended to provide each full-time faculty and full-time staff person with one current technology level computer funded at the University level.
- Faculty members may select either a desktop or a laptop computer. Staff members will typically receive desktop models, but laptops may be assigned with departmental approval. Additional computers for individuals or departments and local servers are not included in the CRP budget.
- Adjunct faculty, graduate assistants, student assistants and others who do not require full-time use of computing resources or who use a pooled computer resource will receive appropriate level computers from a recycled central inventory.
- Computers will be leased for a 3-year period. At the end of the lease, computers must be returned to central inventory and replaced.
- Existing computers returned to the central inventory will be evaluated and, if outdated, will be returned for vendor credit. Viable computers will be used for emergency replacements or for shared access as noted above.
- Initial replacement schedules will be based upon the age of current computers and upon their ability to support various necessary software applications. Each department will confirm the priority order of computer replacements.
- The transfer of old to new computers will include the backup and restoration of content and the installation of licensed software, following current procedures.
- All University desktop and laptop computers will have an image configuration that includes network software for the deployment, management and maintenance of the hardware and software applications.
- Except for the site-licensed software provided by the University for all users, other software and department-based applications remain the responsibility of the departments. This includes maintenance and software support for the management of the applications.
- Auxiliary technology that connects to computer hardware, such as printers, special instrumentation, scientific equipment and stand alone disk arrays will not be included in the CRP budget.