Computers & Mobile Devices

Computers for Faculty and Staff

Faculty with appointments longer than one year, and full-time and part-time staff positions whose work require computers, are provided with a new computer every four to five years. Other faculty and staff may be provided with good condition second-tier computers.

Faculty may choose between Macintosh and Windows. Other employees will receive Windows laptop computers by default unless their work requires an alternative. Alternative arrangements will be made in consultation with the employee's supervisor.

Faculty who need to purchase additional or computers are encouraged to use startup funds. Faculty can work with IT for device purchasing and should not directly purchase devices from vendors. IT will then cover the cost of those systems at replacement, which typically takes place in three to four years.

Check the College's current standard configurations for faculty and staff

Retired Faculty

Emeriti who are teaching at Amherst in some capacity and/or granted use of office space may retain a college-owned computer with an extended replacement cycle while they continue to have an office space on campus. Emeriti who are not granted office space but are teaching in some capacity should discuss their computing needs with IT Support Services. Phone and email support is available for emeriti who need assistance using online resources provided by Amherst College.


Lab Donations

The IT deparment makes older computers available to on-campus research labs and other areas for use by faculty and student workers. Although older computers may be available for donation, it is preferred that departments fund new computers for teaching needs, primarily for new labs.

Second-Tier Computers

It is IT policy to reimage and put back into service any College-owned replacement cycle computers that are still in good working order and able to run current operating systems.

We make these computers available to short-term (one-year or less) visiting faculty. If possible and if computer stocks allow, we can also make these computers available to administrative and academic departments that request them. Priority of computer assignments will go to visiting faculty first and assignments for other users will not be guaranteed.

Student Computers

IT does not perform hardware repair on student comptuers. However, the Help Desk does provide diagnostic services and software support for students' computers.

Donations to Non-Profit Organizations

Many computers that reach the end of their life cycle at Amherst College can still be useful in other settings, so the IT department in conjunction with Amherst's Center for Community Engagement make older computers available free to non-profit organizations.

Public Internet Kiosks

Amherst College is committed to providing all students, staff, and guests with access to information wherever they are on campus through the use of public Internet kiosks.