Personal Computing Support Policy

Information Technology Services manages a Help Desk that students, faculty and staff may consult on a variety of technology-related subjects including network connectivity, virus protection, standard applications, and general troubleshooting. ?ITS manages repairs for all College-owned computers, typically sending them out to a vendor with which we have contracted for services.

For personally owned equipment, several local vendors are available to provide repair services for Macintosh and Windows devices. ?In the event of a hardware issue on a personally owned device, students, faculty and staff are expected to use the warranty and support services of the computer manufacturer or a local repair service that produced their systems. ?ITS staff will not attempt to repair personally owned computers with hardware issues.

The process of repairing a malfunctioning computer may result in loss of data; it is important to regularly make backups. The College provides Google Drive that can be used for document backup. ?For College-owned computers ITS provides CrashPlan as an automated backup service. We recommend that all students password-protect their personal computers and smartphones.

While Franklin & Marshall provides an integrated and supportive computing environment, it is the responsibility of ?the computer owner to:

  • maintain their computer

  • install vendor supplied upgrades and patches

  • keep their virus protection definitions up-to-date

  • backup critical data


Policy Maintained by: Information Technology Services, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Last Reviewed: ?September 03, 2020