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Technology Purchasing

Technology purchased and used on the USF St. Petersburg campus must meet the guidelines set by USF. Prior to purchasing technology for university use, USF St. Petersburg organizational units should review the standards. Departments are responsible for making purchasing decisions based on these standards. Please contact the USF St. Petersburg Help Desk with any questions.

Standards

Purchasing Standard Technology

Standard technology can be purchased without IT approval. Standard technology can be purchased directly from approved vendors found in the USF Bull Marketplace in MyUSF. Standard technology can also be purchased from other vendors, such as Amazon (using the the USF business account).

Technology purchases that do not require purchasing approval (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • Dell computers and accessories listed in the "St Pete IT Recommended & Supported Dell" section and in the "USF IT Recommended & Supported Dell" section of the USF Computer Store. Models include the Dell OptiPlex and Dell Latitude. 
  • HP printers listed in the Printers & Scanners section of the USF Computer Store.
  • USB flash drives, portable hard drives, keyboards, mice, microphones, webcams, and other related computer peripherals and accessories.

Purchasing Non-Standard Technology

UTSB approval is required before purchasing non-standard technology. A Technology Purchase Exception request must be submitted in the USF Bull Marketplace to be reviewed by IT/Campus Computing. Click here for more information on how to submit a technology exception request.

Campus Computing requires technology exception requests for some of our supported technologies. The exception approval process is used to ensure devices are configured to meet our standards and are purchased through the correct vendors. Supported devices that require purchase approval include:

  • Apple computers & devices (iMac, MacBook, and iPad)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Go
  • Dell XPS and Dell Precision laptops

FAQs

How do I purchase standard computers?

  1. Log into MyUSF.
  2. Under the Business Systems menu, select Bull Marketplace.
  3. In the PuchOut Suppliers section, select USF Computer Store.
  4. Select a computer from the "St Pete IT Recommended & Supported Dell" section or the "USF IT Recommended & Supported Dell" section.

 

How do I purchase a non-standard computer?

  1. Obtain a quote from the USF Computer Store. We recommend that you contact Campus Computing during the quote process to ensure the computer is configured to meet our support standards.
  2. Submit a technology exception request and attach the quote.
  3. Once you receive an email confirming the exception request is approved, you can proceed with purchasing.

 

How do I purchase an Apple computer or iPad?

  1. Work with Marisa Guy (misenberg@usf.edu) to create a quote through the USF St. Petersburg Apple account.
  2. Submit a technology exception request and attach the quote.
  3. Once you receive an email confirming the exception request is approved, you can proceed with purchasing.

 

How do I submit a technology exception request?

Technology exception requests must be submitted in the USF Bull Marketplace. Click here for more information on how to submit a technology exception request. Note: You must be a requestor, approver, or buyer in the USF Bull Marketplace to submit a technology exception request.

 

Why don't I see the option to submit a technology exception request in the USF Bull Marketplace?

In order to submit a technology exception request, you must be a requestor, approver, or buyer in the USF Bull Marketplace. Contact your purchasing agent for assistance.

 

Do I need approval to purchase technology to be used in a classroom, lab, or shared space?

Yes, if you plan to purchase technology that will be installed in a classroom, lab, or shared space you will need to submit a technology exception request regardless of whether the technology is considered standard technology or not.