SU Computing Policy
Whitman Student Computer Recommendation
|Computer Type||Small chassis notebook, under 4.5lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 7 or 8|
3-4 year coverage with matching length accidental coverage
|Software||Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2010, SU Recommended Antivirus Software|
The Whitman School has been designed with student computing needs in mind, from the building-wide high-speed wireless coverage to the many charging stations in classrooms and team rooms. The recommendations above are designed so that students can best take advantage of the environment provided. We recommend a small sub-4.5lbs notebook computer so that students may collaborate wherever they want.
Because there are so many different Windows-based computers available, our recommendations are designed so that you can find the model that best fits your needs while making sure it be suitable for your required coursework.
Students looking for a Whitman-recommended configuration can go to the SU Bookstore and view the recommended systems. Please feel free to use these systems as a baseline for further computer shopping if you wish. When comparing systems and pricing, please keep in mind that the Dell Latitude system pricing at the Bookstore includes 4-year accidental damage coverage. For Apple laptops the SU Bookstore offers a Safeware Accidental Damage Service Plan for an additional fee.
Students who prefer non-Windows-based computers
Whitman students are provided academic software and computing resources for use on their personal Windows-based computers whenever possible. Unfortunately, use of provided software and computer resources on non-Windows computers can be difficult and, in certain cases, not possible.
Students electing to use Mac computers need to have Microsoft Windows installed via Apple Bootcamp, Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion. All Whitman students are eligible to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office from our partner, Kivuto, by registering using their @syr.edu email address at http://whitman.onthehub.com. Please contact Whitman Technology Services for further assistance at email@example.com.
Whitman students may go to the Whitman Student Technology Center for troubleshooting of all hardware and software issues. Our Student Computing Coordinator will also facilitate ordering of warranty repair parts if necessary.
Remote Access (VPN)
Faculty and staff who would like to remotely access SU's computing network and information systems must read the requirements and policies for access and attend training. For more information, please click here.
Microsoft DreamSpark Program
The Whitman School participates in the Microsoft DreamSpark Program. The program provides access to the latest Microsoft software for our labs, classrooms, and student PCs. The program has two primary goals:
- To make it easier and less expensive for academic institutions to obtain Microsoft Developer tools, platforms, and servers for instructional and research purposes.
- To build a community of instructors who can share curricula and other learning resources to support the use of these technologies.
- List of Software
- Login to DreamSpark
- Licensing Information
- Free ISO CD Burning Utility (For non-Windows 7 PCs)
Training & Support
Whitman Technology Services is dedicated to assisting users work with the latest technology. We offer training on a variety of topics including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and Blackboard. Our technical support responsibilites include, but are not limited to: desktop computing, file systems, streaming servers, web design, and development.
Training sessions are scheduled during the school year. To request a training session or if you need help, please contact Technology Services in Suite 114, (315) 443-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.