Who’s Eligible for an IITS Funded Computer?
Computers are purchased for staff and faculty positions (as opposed to individuals) at Haverford and stay with the position regardless of a change in staffing. Computers for positions are typically funded and purchased centrally by IITS. We pay for computers assigned to positions under the following circumstances:
- Position is in a non-grant funded administrative or academic department.
- Position must be full-time and permanent. (Tenure track faculty meet this criteria for purposes of this policy. Visiting faculty do not.)
- Position’s responsibilities must require a computer.
- IITS has not previously funded a computer for this position.
We use a logical workflow for making decisions about new or replacement computers for positions (we are, after all, computer geeks at heart). If you’re curious, you can view the logic chart that we use:
When Computers are Replaced
IITS plans hardware replacements as part of a multi-year budget for computing equipment and related peripherals, taking into consideration the relative computing demands of the various staff and faculty positions at Haverford, and adjusting as appropriate. This principle of fairness relative to need drives the computing selections for positions requiring a college-issued computer. Typically computers are selected with the expectation of a four-year life cycle and hardware specifications are adjusted to meet the demands of a position.
How We Determine What to Buy
For most positions at Haverford the baseline specifications meets or exceeds the four-year expectations for consistency, sustainability and reliability. Where IITS and the department agree that the requirements of a job in turn require a configuration other than the baseline specification, IITS will provide one of the other supported configurations.
Departments may use discretionary or grant funds to cover the difference in cost in cases where:
(a) IITS and the department do not agree that an alternative configuration is required,
(b) in cases where the cost of the required configuration exceeds available budgeted funds, or
(c) an additional computer is requested, departments may use discretionary or grant funds to cover the difference in cost.
Please Note, IITS does not support or fund the purchase of iPads or tablets as a primary system. These are intended as supplemental for those who travel extensively or have specific lightweight computing needs.
What Standard Software is Included?
You can view the list of standardized software that is included with your IITS funded computer by clicking on the appropriate system below:
IITS maintains a practice of choosing equipment with an EPEAT rating of Silver or better when possible when purchasing college-owned equipment. The vast majority of EPEAT-rated equipment we purchase is rated at EPEAT Gold.