Guidelines to Purchase Technology Equipment at Chicago State University

University’s Information Technology Division (ITD) supports University owned hardware, software and peripheral devices. This support ensures reliable, cost-effective, efficient and secure computing environment to the campus community.

In order to maintain the security, integrity and reliability of the computing infrastructure at CSU, ITD has established the following guidelines for all technology purchases:

NOTE: Individuals should be aware of the Information Security Policy that states the technology security requirements for all individuals.

  • Computers and wireless devices should be able to connect to the existing wireless infrastructure without any network configuration changes. You can login using your username and password after providing the wireless access code listed below.
    Wireless Connections Access Codes are as follows:
    • Staff2 Password = f3ccb16151
    • Student2 password = 8d150f9ddb
  • Any computer equipment, software or peripherals that interact with the University’s administrative or financial systems (such as Banner, Moodle, or Raisers Edge) or the University’s network authentication systems (such as Active Directory or LDAP) will require configuration changes to existing systems and will therefore require a technology and security review prior to purchase.
  • ITD services team can provide only limited support to non-standard computer equipment, software and peripherals. When purchasing such equipment or resources, establish Service Level Agreements to fully understand the level of support to be expected from ITD. List of standard software and hardware is provided below.
  • ITD will not be able to service equipment or software that is beyond economical repair or support. In general, this includes laptops, desktop computers, printers and peripherals more than five years old that do not run on currently supported operating systems. See computer specifications below for the currently supported operating system.
  • Any department that purchases nonstandard equipment software that is connected to the campus network must keep that equipment or software up to date with vendor provided security updates and patches. Equipment and software that is behind in security updates and patches presents a risk to the reliability of the campus network and the security of all users, and will be disconnected from the campus network.

Current Standards


The following desktop/client software is considered standard and will be supported by ITD:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and above
  • BANNER & Cougar Connect
  • Moodle
  • Microsoft Office 2007 and above
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Kaspersky 8.X and above
  • Internet Explorer
  • SecureDoc Encryption


  • Pentium I5 processor or above (vPro enabled)
    • Desktop: Core i5-3470
    • Mobile: Core i5-3320M
  • 8Gb RAM or more
  • 250GB HDD or more
  • Network connectivity: wired and wireless
  • Windows 7 Professional or MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • Five year license for Computrace pre-installed on desktop/laptop computer
  • Five year license for Computrace-Mobile pre-installed on tablets
  • CSU HDD image (if purchasing from DELL)
    • This will allow all CSU approved software such as MS Office, Adobe, Kaspersky among others to be pre-installed on the computer

Flash Drives & External Hard-drives

  • Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) 128 bit or 256 bit
    • Aegis Apricorn Padlock
    • Ironkey D250, S250 or similar
    • Kanguru Defender V2