071.1 Computing and Information Services
|Created by: Pat Teague on 2/5/1999|
|Category: 0 - General Administration; 70 - Computer Services|
|Current File: 071.1|
|Adoption Date: 9/22/1998|
|Reviewed for Currency: 4/10/2003|
|Replaces File: 071.1|
|Date of Origin: 9/18/1975|
|In Archive? Yes|
071.1 Computing and Information Services
The dynamic nature of Information Technology and the reduced need for large, centralized mainframe computing have resulted in the creation of a Computing and Information Services department. Computing and Information Services encompasses the departments formerly known as the Computer Center, Audio Visual Services, and Telephone Services. The Director of Computing and Information Services reports to the President of the University. (See File 071.0 .)
The role of the Furman University's Computing and Information Services department is to provide the university community with timely and cost-effective access to Information Technology appropriate to the mission and goals of the university, and to provide assistance and advice in its use. The Computing and Information Services staff will make a continuous effort to ensure that university operations are making the fullest use of available resources and technologies. Computing and Information Services staff will keep abreast of current technologies and trends and provide leadership in exploiting these technologies to establish, maintain, and enhance Furman University's competitive advantage. With advice from the University's Academic Computing Advisory Committee and Information Technology Policy Committee, Computing and Information Services staff will develop a strategic plan for the us of Information Technology. This plan will be updated as necessary and serve as a blueprint for the creation of an Information Technology infrastructure. Computing and Information Services staff will prepare budget requests and provide services consistent with the goals and priorities established in the strategic plan. Computing and Information Services staff will strive to provide a robust and effective environment to support the academic and administrative needs of Furman University. Services provided will include: centralized computing facilities (where appropriate); a campus-wide data network; access to the Internet; dial-up access to the campus network; workstation and PC laboratories for instruction, curriculum development, and general use; acquisition, development, maintenance and support of software; instruction in the use of information technology; coordination and advice in the procurement of hardware and software for use by other departments of the university; assistance in seeking funding for non-budgeted acquisitions of services, software and equipment related to the use of information technology; and support faculty and staff development activities.
1. Information Technology equipment designated as a university resource and access to that equipment are under the supervision of Computing and Information Services. Equipment that is a university resource is available to all university users on a first-come first-served basis with the exception that faculty members have priority over students.
2. Information Technology equipment that has been purchased as a departmental resource and access to the equipment are under the supervision of the department that purchased the equipment, unless other arrangements have been made with the Director of Computing and Information Services.
3. For efficiency purposes, maintenance costs for all computing equipment are part of the Computer and Information Services budget.
4. All accounts (user names, access codes, etc.) for University Information Technology resources must be approved by the Director of Computing and Information Services.
5. Even if they are to be assigned to previously established accounts, those using University Information Technology resources for personal enrichment must have such use approved by the Director ofComputing and Information Services.
6. Information Technology resources are occasionally unavailable because equipment failure. During such emergencies, the Director of Computing and Information Services will make decisions on the priority of the work to be done.
7. Information Technology resources are intended for use by university personnel, authorized contractors, and students for university purposes, and such use has priority. Any other use of such resources must be approved, in advance, by the Director of Computing and Information Services..