Support of Hardware and Software
This document describes the types of hardware and software support provided by LITS and the manner in which software is licensed for institutional use.
The policy applies to all employees and students at Hamilton College.
Last revised, December 2014
Last updated: July 29, 2023
LITS maintains a list of supported hardware and software. Suggestions for additions and deletions from the list should be submitted to the VP for Libraries and Information Technology. This list includes the types and brands of hardware and software that are in use at the college and indicates the level of support that LITS can provide. Two levels of service are provided for supported information technology resources: full and limited.
Products designated for full support are those with widespread use on the campus. Examples include generic products (word processors, spreadsheets, Web browsers, etc.). LITS will provide help for the integration of these products with other supported campus technology resources, including services such as installation, training, maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrades. Help Desk, hardware repair, and training services for these products will be available through LITS. LITS will maintain sufficient expertise on staff, or through contractual arrangements, to deliver a high level of service for these products. In addition, LITS will negotiate favorable pricing and maintain a central budget for software upgrades.
Products designated for limited support are generally used by specific departments. Examples include: computer-assisted instruction programs and simulations. LITS does not have access to these products on a regular basis. Departments acquiring such products should plan to develop their own expertise and be prepared to resolve problems through the vendors' support services. LITS will provide help installing these products. It is unlikely that Help Desk, repair, or training services will be available for these products. Items in the limited category can move to the full category if they achieve more widespread use and sufficient resources exist within LITS to effectively provide support.
Licensing of Software
The use of all software in the College is protected by copyright laws and must be used in accordance with software licenses. It is against College policy to copy or reproduce licensed software. Unlicensed software may not be installed on any computers owned by Hamilton. Unauthorized use or copying of software is a serious violation and subject to disciplinary action. Such unauthorized use or copying may also subject the offending individual to lawsuits by third parties.
Software on Personally Owned Equipment
Hamilton's educational licensing agreements for software specifically limit installation to machines owned by the college. Therefore, software purchased under these agreements may not be installed on personally owned equipment.