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 are encouraged to use startup funds for the purchase of their first computer. Faculty can work with IT for device purchasing and should not directly purchase devices from vendors. IT then will cover the cost of the computer at replacement, which typically takes place in three to four years.
Check the College's current standard configurations for faculty and staff
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.