ThinkPad University Laptops

SUNY Morrisville began its ThinkPad University partnership with IBM in 1998 (now Lenovo). Morrisville became the first of the State University of New York's 64 campuses to supply students with individual laptop computers.

Since then, Morrisville has integrated technology into all aspects of campus life, from the classroom to the social scene.

Wireless mobile technology has created a nomadic learning environment where information can be accessed from virtually anywhere on either of Morrisville's two campuses, including academic buildings, residence halls, dining facilities and even outside. The learning possibilities are endless!

SUNY Morrisville continues to bring new technology, services and support to students and the college community.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the student own the laptop?

The student is actually purchasing a license to use the ThinkPad. The license is through the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC). The student does not own the ThinkPad until the last payment has been received. Students are billed in four equal installments, which span four semesters, or students can select another payment option on Web for Students. If a student leaves school or takes a semester off prior to paying for their laptop, they must return the computer or pay the balance still owed on the system.

What if the laptop gets damaged?

Students should visit the Help Desk for an assessment. If it is not a software issue, the Tech Center is teamed with an in-house warranty and repair shop that can perform warranty and non-warranty work on Lenovo laptops issued to students.

Why is the program operated in this manner?

Students sign a license agreement, which allows them the use of the computer. Repairs to these laptops can be hundreds of dollars. If the problem with the laptop is considered a warranty item, the student pays nothing and the laptop is repaired.

We have also incorporated a loaner system with our laptop program. If a laptop has to be sent out for warranty repairs, the student is able to receive a loaner laptop while theirs is being repaired. Additionally, if a loaner is necessary, the student's hard drive is installed in the loaner machine, if possible. This ensures that a student will not lose any of his or her work during the repair process. Students with non-warranty repairs will not be eligible for a loaner.

Why should a student in a laptop-required major take advantage of the ThinkPad program?

Instructors for required majors are on a committee, which decides what students will need. Students receive a great deal of support, which is offered through the Help Desk and the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation. If a student has a different computer than the one the college offers, that student is solely responsible for any damage or warranty costs their system might incur. Additionally, loaner computers for the student while their computer is being repaired are not available. Likewise, if a student is not in a laptop-required major and brings a laptop or desktop to college, we are not able to help that student should he or she experience problems with the hardware.

When can a student upgrade their laptop?

Students may, at no time, upgrade the hardware on the laptops until ownership has been transferred to them. Once all required payments for the laptop have been received, ownership will be transferred.

Is the student permitted to take their laptop with them on college breaks?

Students are allowed to take their laptops with them over breaks if they are registered for the next semester. If they have not paid in full, returned the laptop, or returned to SUNY Morrisville, they will be charged for the laptop and may face criminal charges. However, Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation does offer storage for the laptops during any school break and over the summer months. This is especially advantageous for those students who may be unsure about returning to school for the next term.

What do I do if I'm not returning to campus?

If you are not returning to campus next semester and have not paid for your laptop in full: Laptops must be returned to either the Tech Center in Morrisville or to Brian Tefft at the Help Desk in Norwich.

If you leave campus without purchasing the laptop: Charges and holds will be placed on your student records.

If you would like to pay your remaining balance: Please call the Tech Center for information and details regarding your specific situation.

If you are unsure of your return next semester: We offer storage for your convenience. Call the Tech Center for details.

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