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Device and Lifecycle Purchasing Process

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Beginning FY21, individual departments are responsible for device and lifecycle purchases. That being said, VUIT is here to help every step of the way to continue providing purchasing services on your behalf. For a downloadable .pdf version of the information on this page, please click here.

There are various computing options available for faculty and staff and selected devices should be determined by the needs of an individual's job duties. VUIT will provide guidance on the types of devices appropriate for different computing needs and can help facilitate purchases of non-standard equipment.

Standard Devices

"Standard Devices" are professional-grade computers and devices preselected by VUIT to ensure compatibility across Vanderbilt systems. The below list covers VUIT's standard devices and the costs associated with them. Please note: prices are subject to change.

Standard Device

13" Dell Laptop

$925
 

15" Dell Laptop

$830

 

13" Apple MacBook Pro

$1898

 

16" Apple MacBook Pro

$2858

 

Dell Docking Station1

$158

 

Dell Monitor

$149

Thin Client2

24" All-in-One Client

$631

2-in-1 Tablet

Pricing available upon request

 

High End Device

Pricing available upon request

 

1. Docking stations must be purchased where they do not exist or where an existing dock isn't compatible with the purchased laptop.

2. A thin client is also known as a Virtual Desktop.

Warranties and Lifecyle

Warranties

Dell and Apple machines both come with 3-year warranties, but differ in what those warranties offer:

  • Dell - 1 accidental damage repair per year.
  • Apple - Unlimited accidental damage repair per year, but may cost $100+ dependent upon damage. This deductible is the responsibility of the department.

Lifecycle

Lifecycling reduces failures and ensures continued data security compliance.

  • Typical computer lifecycle: 3 - 5 years
  • Typical LCD monitor lifecycle: 8 - 10 years

Departments are responsible for the continued lifecycling of all devices. VUIT will not fully support devices outside the typical ranges, but will assist with replacement monitoring.

Device Returns and Departed Employees

If you currently have devices for departed employees that need to be wiped or re-imaged, or if you have any employees who will soon be departing, please call or submit a VUIT help request to initiate that process. If you do not have immediate need or replacement for the device, we can store the device for you at VUIT. The device will remain properly tagged and labeled as belonging to your area.

*NOTE: In order to ensure the appropriate security related protocols and standards are in place, it is very important that VUIT be involved when a Vanderbilt-owned device is transferred to another employee and/or is no longer used. 

 

Supported Devices

VUIT will do what they can to assist employees with their devices but are limited in what they can support for personal devices.

Work Devices

  • All university-owned standard devices within lifecycle parameters are fully supported.
  • Devices outside the lifecycle parameters are supported within reasonable means upon request.

Personal Devices

  • VUIT will assist with connecting to VU resources like WiFi, email, and printers.
  • VUIT will assist employees in finding vendors trained and/or licensed to support personal devices as appropriate.

Purchasing Processes

As of FY21, all departments are fiscally responsible for all device purchases, including monitors, warranties, cables, and peripherals related to individual or department specific computing needs.

Lifecycle Purchases

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1. This will typically happen in September/October prior to budget submissions.

2. All orders will be paid using the appropriate account number provided by the department.


For new equipment purchases (including specialty devices), VUIT will work with Chief Business Officers, Business Unit / Entity Approvers, and Financial Unit Approvers to select equipment.

New Equipment Purchases

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1. All orders will be paid using the appropriate account number provided by the department.


Audio Visual Equipment

The Provost's Office sponsors a lifecycle program for audio visual (A/V) equipment in classrooms. Requests for classroom A/V equipment lifecycles should be submitted by schools to the Provost's Office each year. The Provost's Office will compile the list of requests, finalize equipment selections, and prioritize purchases. Any equipment outside the scope of the sponsored program is the requestor's fiscal responsibility; however, VUIT will assist with consulting on all A/V projects as requested.