Policy on Computers for new Tenure Track Faculty
ITS/Dean's Policy on Computers for new Tenure Track Faculty
ITS will provide a desktop or laptop computer system for new tenure track faculty. These systems will be typical of our TT faculty systems and are sufficient for most applications.
Those new tenure track faculty who have more sophisticated office computer needs should work with ITS to configure a system that may be funded from your grant or start-up funds (not departmental funds). In these cases, a small credit for the standard system may also be applied by the Dean's Office.
For new faculty members who have research lab computer needs, the funding to support those purchases shall come exclusively from their start-up funds.
All computer purchases shall be made in coordination with ITS.
Current interpretation of this Policy:
1. New full-time faculty members computers. When possible the new faculty member will use the computer that is currently in the office they will use. I look at the system currently in the office and most often reallocate one from the current pool of 3 year old computer to replace what is there. New faculty members are not promised NEW computers in their contracts.
2. If the new faculty member requests a laptop or a Mac, we often do not have those items to reallocate. Historically, the Dean has purchased new systems for these faculty members. If the system cost will be over $1000 the faculty member is asked to cover the overage with their start up funds. $1000 covers what the vast majority of faculty will need for their office.
3. If a 3 year old reallocated system will not meet the needs for the faculty member, they may use startup funds to purchase a new computer.
4. Also see the ITS Policy for Information Technology Purchases. This often comes up with use of "start up funds"