Purchases Requiring IT Approval

Regardless of funding source, seek consultation and approval from W&M IT on any of the following technology purchases (list below) by submitting a request.

Desktop, Laptop Purchases
Projectors and Flat Screen Displays
Printers
Servers
Software
Consulting Services
Items Exempt from Approval


Desktop, Laptop Purchases

Desktop and laptop purchases require review by IT.  IT will evaluate the need and make recommendations about standard models that IT will support.  Supported models will work for the majority of functions.

As a rule, IT does not support non-standard models.  If a specialized application requires a non-standard model or if a non-standard model is desired for other reasons, IT will evaluate to determine whether there are any concerns related to placing these computers on our network.  If a non-standard purchase is approved, alternate support recommendations will be suggested.

Computer purchasing guidance
Buy a Computer
Lease a Computer - Equipment Service Program (ESP)


Projectors and Flat Screen Displays

IT requires review of purchase requests for projectors or wall mounted flat screen displays.  Maintenance and support will not be provided by IT for individual purchases. However, our goal is to ensure the College is purchasing quality products. Classroom Support technicians are available for consultation regarding products and support options provided by local vendors.


Printers

All printer purchases must be reviewed by IT for issues related to support and functionality.  Note: IT does not allow wireless printers on the College network because they cannot make an encrypted connection.


Servers

All server-level computers must be reviewed by IT prior to procurement.


Software

All non-standard or specialized software for desktop, server or enterprise level use must be reviewed by IT regardless of cost or source of funds.

The following standard products provided by IT may be purchased or used without IT review:

(a) W&M Discounted Software: IT offers Microsoft, Adobe, and other software to faculty/staff on college-owned machines at reduced prices.

(b) W&M Licensed Software:  Other licensed and open source software products are also available to faculty/staff.

Consulting Services

Outside Services Coming to W&M
All technology consulting services must be approved by IT because access to the College network may be required. 

Consultation Provided by W&M IT
On request, IT will meet with any department or unit to provide advice on purchase, support, licensing and warranty options. 

Items Exempt from Approval

The following list is a broad guideline to items not requiring IT approval.  However, you are encouraged to contact IT if you have questions.

  • Digital cameras (point & shoot, DSLR, camcorders)
  • USB storage drives (flash drives, external HDD's)
  • Accessories (keyboards, mice, cases, cables, covers)
  • USB Webcams (Network cameras must be submitted for approval)
  • Cell Phones

Questions? Contact the Technology Support Center (TSC)
757-221-4357 (HELP) | [[support]] | Jones 201, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm