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Memorial University of Newfoundland

  Memorial University of Newfoundland

Computer Standards

Approval Date: 2013-09-05

Effective Date: 2018-03-06

Review Date: 2021-09-05


Vice-President (Administration & Finance) through the Director of Information Technology Services


To outline the authority and responsibilities for standards associated with computing resources at Memorial University.


University owned computing resources.


Authorized User — An individual permitted by a responsible Unit or University employee to make use of University Computing Resources. Authorized Users include faculty, staff, students, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, retirees, alumni, and Guests who have an association with the University that grants them access to University Computing Resources.

Computing Resource(s) — All devices (including, but not limited to, personal computers, laptops, USB keys, PDAs, and Smart phones) which are used to access, process, or store University data. Computing resources are those used for University business and may be: single- or multi-user; individually assigned or shared; stand-alone or networked; stationary or mobile.

CTS — Campus Technology Services. The various technology service providers for Memorial University campuses (Marine Institute Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), Grenfell campus Computing and Communications (C&C), Harlow campus systems, St. John's campus Information Technology Services (ITS)).

Unit Head — For the purposes of this policy, unit head is the term used to mean Deans, Department Heads, Division Heads, Heads of Schools, Directors, Executive Directors, the University Librarian, the University Registrar, Associate Vice-Presidents and Vice-Presidents, as applicable.

University — Memorial University of Newfoundland.

University Funds — Funds administered by the University including operating funds, research grant funds and trust funds.

University Owned — All Computing Resources purchased by Memorial University through university funds.

University Wide — Refers to all campuses of the University and affiliated sites.


1.0 General

Standards for approved computing device configuration shall be set by CTS for each campus and reviewed at least annually, with appropriate consultation. The standards may be revised by the CTS in response to technological advancements and user/unit requirements.

2.0 Responsibility

Unit Heads are responsible to ensure compliance with this policy and its related procedures. This responsibility may be delegated. Any such delegation must be in writing.

3.0 Device Configuration Standards and Non-Compliance

CTS are responsible to have training and resources to support equipment that meets defined standards. CTS will provide 'best effort' support for equipment that does not meet defined standards. CTS have the right, under this policy, to refuse to connect equipment, which does not meet defined standards, to the campus network.

4.0 Exceptions

Exceptions can be granted to units/users who require computing resources that do not comply with outlined standards. Requests for exception must be endorsed by the requestor's Unit Head, as well as the head of the applicable campus CTS.

Related Documents

Computing Device/Resources Standards – St. John’s campus
Computing Device/Resources Standards - Marine Institute
Computing Device/Resource Standards - Grenfell Campus
Computing Device/Resource Standards - Harlow (See St. John's campus)
Electronic Data Security policy
Appropriate Use of Computing Resources policy
Telecommunications policy
Purchasing policy
Data Removal policy
Tangible Asset Administration policy

For inquiries related to this policy:

Information Technology Services (709) 864-8116

Sponsor: Vice-President (Administration & Finance)

Category: Operations

Previous Versions:

There is at least one previous version of this policy. Contact the Policy Office to view earlier version(s)

Approval Date 2013-09-05   Effective Date 2013-09-05
Approval Date 0000-00-00   Effective Date 2013-04-09
Approval Date 0000-00-00   Effective Date 2000-07-28

Policy Amendment History

Date: 2019-05-24 09:06:41

This policy was replaced with a new version. Comment provided: Connected definitions using the definitions from the glossary.

Date: 2022-08-29 15:46:17

This policy was replaced with a new version. Comment provided: 08/29/2022 update broken links

Date: 2024-02-26 13:07:14

This policy was replaced with a new version. Comment provided: Updated Computer Standards weblink