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Purchasing Computers and Technology Equipment


Replacement Cycle for Faculty and Staff Computers

All regular, full-time tenure or tenure-track faculty and full-time staff will receive a new desktop or laptop on a regular basis, every 3-4 years.  This computer will replace the previously funded computer, which will then be taken back to either reuse, recycle or send to Excess Property for sale.  If you are interested in purchasing a used computer for home, you must go through Excess Property.

If your department is planning computer purchases for other purposes, we can help with the following:

  • Advice on what brands and operating systems we support.
  • Assistance configuring and pricing the new systems, including peripherals.
  • Scheduling your installations.
  • Advising you of the conversion issues you will face while upgrading.

Grants
Some grants allow for the purchase of computer equipment to further the research on a grant.  Please keep in mind that any computers purchased by Syracuse University are the property of Syracuse University and The College of Arts and Sciences so please make every effort to buy computers that meet our recommendations and standards.  If a faculty member purchases equipment on a grant, and then leaves Syracuse University, the equipment is owned by Syracuse and in most cases the equipment stays at Syracuse.


Planning the purchase
By including us in the planning process, you will find your computer installation will be better integrated with the University systems, you will save money and time, and get the best equipment for your budget. The more involvement we have, the smoother the process will go. If you would like assistance, please contact us at consult@cas.syr.edu.  


Upgrades
Upgrades are usually limited to additional memory, newer operating systems (provided your computer can run it), or updated applications.  Computers within the College are expected to be replaced on roughly a 3-4 year cycle to keep currrent with software requirements. It is not recommended to upgrade computer processors and motherboards, as they are generally not cost-effective enhancements.