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Desktop Services

Desktop Services

Calvin provides both Windows and Mac computers for faculty and staff offices and for campus computing facilities. We provide standard software on Calvin-provisioned Windows and Mac computers. The HelpDesk provides limited support for student personal computers as long as they meet minimum system requirements.

Office Computer
Moving Offices
Computer Peripherals
Computer Use and Care
Software
Software Updates

Office Computers

What kind of computer will I have?

Calvin provides both Windows and Mac computers for faculty and staff offices and for campus computing facilities. CIT provides standard software on faculty and staff Calvin-provisioned Windows and Mac computers. When you begin work at Calvin, a computer will be assigned to you. If you are inheriting a computer from a former employee, please talk with your department chair or supervisor to make sure the computer has been set up clean for your use. If you have a computer preference, please talk with your department chair or supervisor.

CIT approves requests for laptops based on pedagogical or business needs.

Current hardware standards have been designed to cover all necessities. Most additional hardware requires an additional charge to your department and should be included in your department's technology budget. You should receive approval from your supervisor or department chair prior to requesting additional hardware. Once approval is received, requests for additional hardware should be made by contacting the HelpDesk.

How do I get a new computer?

Primary-use office computers are refreshed on regular rotation, typically during the summer. Tertiary computers (such as student work stations and secondary computers) are replaced with a used computer on a regular rotation schedule.

My office is moving / I'm moving to a new department. What do I need to do?

You are responsible for moving your computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and any other computer related peripheral equipment, except in special cases.

Please see Moving Offices for more information on how to request your Office Move.

Non-Standard Computer Peripherals

CIT strives to provide hardware that will meet the needs of the majority of users on campus and provides a complete standard computer system, which includes a standard keyboard and mouse. If you require computer speakers or a webcam for your work, those are available from the HelpDesk by request.

We consider all other computer peripherals and non-computer items to be the responsibility of each department. The purchase of the following items must be covered by the department’s own budget, along with the following computer consumables:

  • nonstandard keyboards and mice
  • microphones or headphones
  • USB flash drives or memory sticks
  • personal desktop printers or scanners
  • digital cameras
  • audio visual equipment
  • scientific instruments
  • blank CDs or DVDs
  • printer paper
  • printer labels
  • printer toner cartridges
Using and taking care of your computer

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Software

The latest supported version of Microsoft Office is provided in computer labs and classrooms, as well as on Calvin-provisioned faculty and staff computers. Other than standard desktop software, most additional software requires a charge to your department and should be included in your department's technology budget. You should receive approval from your supervisor or department chair prior to requesting additional non-standard software.

In addition to the Microsoft Office suite of software and Web development tools, a variety of productivity and academic software packages are available for student use in computer labs and classrooms. Many labs have specific academic software that have been requested by faculty.

Calvin Faculty, staff, and students can download the latest supported version of Microsoft Office for use on personal home computers and devices.

The Personal Purchase Program lists discounts that may be offered by various vendors for Calvin faculty and staff. Students may be elligible for certain specific software through their area of study.

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