Faculty Computing Policy

Northwestern Law Faculty Computer Support Policy

It is the goal of this policy to provide faculty with support for their research and instructional needs. The law school provides computing support in the form of an office computer and a standard set of software packages. Faculty who have special computer hardware and software needs should discuss them with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Erin Delaney.

Primary Office Computer

The Law School provides faculty a choice of three office computer configurations, all of which are fully paid for by the Law School.

Option 1: Dell Optiplex desktop computer, 22 inch flat screen monitor, and Microsoft Office Professional 2016.

Option 2: Dell Latitude laptop computer, docking station, 22 inch flat screen monitor, and Microsoft Office Professional 2016.

Option 3: Apple MacBook Pro computer, 22 inch flat screen monitor, and Microsoft Office Professional 2016.

Law Information Technology (LIT) will gladly assist you in making your computer decision. Please stop by our Information Commons located inside the main entrance of the library to view our current laptops. You may also contact us at (312) 503-7000 or lit@law.northwestern.edu.

Additional Technical Resources

Current University practice dictates that a single computer purchased by the University for business, research or scholarly purposes is sufficient. See the University Mobile Communications and Home Computing Policy (pdf). Additional university funded computing devices (laptops, tablets, scanners, printers, etc.) may be subject to treatment as personal taxable income.

Law School funds including research accounts cannot be used for purchase or maintenance of home equipment or software. LIT will only provide support and maintenance for office computers owned by the School. Maintenance and support for additional computers and personal computers are the faculty member's responsibility.

If you think that you need technical resources beyond your primary configuration for business, research or scholarly purposes, please fill out the Request for Additional Computing Resources form (pdf) as required by university policy. These technical resources must be purchased using your faculty research account.

Upon leaving the Law School, faculty members must return all computing devices purchased with university funds to LIT. 

Support of Office Computers

LIT provides hardware and software support for office computers including statistical software packages. LIT does not support home equipment or personally installed hardware, software, or peripherals.

Computers provided by the university are for business, research and scholarly purposes. Software, media and data used for personal purposes, photographs, music, or movies, should not be placed on university owned machines. All computers and additional computer hardware and software purchased with university funds are university property. If a faculty member leaves, all computer equipment must be returned to Law School IT.