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Information Systems (IS) manages over 800 computer for the EMU community. These are used by Faculty, Staff and student computer labs. Our current policy requires IS to provide a standard desktop computer to every faculty member and all staff members who have jobs that require access to a computer. The computer is provided for employees to complete their job requirements. It is not a replacement for a personal computer. All software installed on EMU computers needs to be legally licensed.

Desktops

A standard desktop for faculty and staff is either a Mac Mini or a Dell Optiplex desktop computer. It is the choice of the employee. Standard desktops can be procured by IS with adequate warranty coverage for about $800.

Laptops

If a faculty or staff member prefers to have a laptop, IS is willing to facilitate the upgrade of a desktop to a laptop, provided the department funds the amount over $800.  The current standard laptop configurations are an Apple MacBook or a Dell Latitude. IS can procure these laptop computers for about $1,800 - $2,000 (so the department would need to cover $1,000 - $1,200). This cost includes a full three year warranty.

Any faculty or staff interested in pursing a laptop option should contact the Helpdesk to begin the process.

EMU Laptop Best Practices

Additional Computers

IS has the responsibility to provide one computer for each full-time faculty and staff who requires a computer to perform their assigned job responsibilities. Any technical resources beyond one standard computer need to be funded by the department of the employee requesting the additional resources.

If a four-year old computer will meet the needs of the employee, then a computer will be provided with no extra charge. However if there are specific requirements for the computer or a newer model is needed then the department will need to fund the full purchase cost.

Chromebooks

Chromebooks come in a portal form factor similar to a laptop. They use less power which results in longer battery life. Chromebooks run Chrome OS, this gives users access to anything that is available via a web browser.

Mobile Devices

EMU has standardized on iPads for tablets. If you are thinking about getting a tablet check out Mobile Devices.

Service Attributes

Service Category

End-Point Computing

Service Name

Computing Devices

Audience

Faculty, Staff, Affiliates

Service Cost

There is no charge for desktops. Departments will be asked to partially fund laptops and fully fund additional devices.

Managing Team

User Services

Applications

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