The area of research computing provides faculty researchers the ability to utilize computing resources for the purpose of aiding in various university research projects. Where computer equipment is required for research, the university provides a selection of business class specifications for consideration. Computers purchased by university administered grants are considered the property of Mount Royal and the client agrees to the following conditions:
The client assumes full responsibility for the day to day maintenance of the computer system while in his/her possession for the duration of their employment at the university, or until the equipment is returned to Mount Royal.
For equipment that is in compliance with current IT Services specifications, the equipment is entitled to a system image as required for Mount Royal assets. Once the warranty period for the equipment has expired, further system support is no longer provided.
Note: Any costs involved with the maintenance of the computer system that is not covered during the manufacturer’s warranty period, is the responsibility of the client.
All software will be legally bought by Mount Royal with proper proof of purchase as required for auditing purposes. At any time, IT Services may require the computer equipment be brought in for audit purposes as required by provincial audit regulations.
Research fund purchased systems may not be considered a primary computer or replacement for an existing standard office computer. As such, internal network connectivity will not be approved. However, computer systems may utilize and obtain IT Services support for wireless Internet connectivity when on campus.
In the case where computer equipment has been determined non-standard by the IT Services department, the client acknowledges that they have been made aware of the equipment’s classification of non-standard by IT Services and that they give up the entitlement of a Mount Royal approved operating system image as required of Mount Royal computing equipment assets. The authorization to purchase non-standard equipment through Mount Royal must be agreed to by both the VP of Office of Research and the ITS Manager of Client Services via a formal application form forwarded to the Office of Research and IT Services for sign off.
For more information on research computing, please refer to the Office of Research Services web page.