Drexel University stands as a center of innovation, and it is in that spirit that we must develop creative solutions to the challenges COVID-19 presents to our everyday operations. Purchasing technology for remote use should be viewed as a last resort when adapting to current conditions. There are often options that can be explored to replicate functions in a remote environment without incurring additional costs. For example, Zoom has a built-in whiteboard function, which works with all pen-enabled screens for real-time written instruction. If a pen-enabled screen is not available, Zoom also integrates with most smartphones and tablets on which a free app like Microsoft Whiteboard can be used for the same purpose.
Please consult with your IT support team before making any purchase. They will assist you in identifying replacements for broken or damaged equipment, exploring alternatives for new equipment, and verifying the correct equipment is being requested. Technology purchases will only be made after undergoing careful review to determine if they are essential to business continuity.
Be aware the purchase of some equipment is currently prohibited, including:
- Personal use items such as headphones and microphones
- Recording studio equipment such as lighting, green screens, or microphone filters
- Equipment currently available on campus that can be temporarily taken remote such as monitors, docking stations, keyboards, and mice
- Any item being purchased for use with a non-Drexel owned system
Drexel has eased restrictions on taking office equipment home while remote work is in effect. Everyone is strongly encouraged to retrieve any items, technology or otherwise, from their office on campus that they need to complete their daily work activities. Please consult with your supervisor/department head to make any such arrangements.
Additionally, our technology vendors are extending discounts on numerous items to all members of the Drexel community for personal purchases. More information on personal purchases can be found on the Drexel IT Computer Discounts & Purchases page.