All computers purchased using university, research or grant funds should have standard configurations and be procured through ITS. Any non-standard purchases need to be approved by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.
Standard configurations should meet the vast majority of needs on campus; the only exceptions should be very specialized research equipment. We recommend that researchers work with Information Technology Services to discuss their needs before they write grants.
This practice is not in place in pursuit of bureaucratic ends, but because of the very real short and long term issues that non-standard computers can cause, even in the rare case where the machines appear less expensive. Additional costs user may include:
Only some of these costs may be borne by the user.
The benefits to standard configurations include: