Computing & Information Services

Computing Resources for Emeritus Faculty

Approved by the CPC at the 11/21/2008 meeting, revised 2/19/2016.

I. Equipment Allocation

A. Upon retirement, the personal computer and related devices that have been allocated to a faculty member must be returned to Computing & Information Services (CIS). Emeritus faculty who continue to have contractual teaching responsibilities may keep appropriate computing equipment and software on the same basis as other members of the faculty.

B. In accord with the College's overall policy with regard to emeritus status, Reed would like to support the scholarly efforts of former members of the faculty who continue to engage in scholarly work after retirement by making computer resources available under the following terms:

1. When a faculty member is about to attain emeritus status, s/he may write to the Chief Information Officer requesting that computing resources provided by Reed College continue to be made available. The letter should state:

a. the computing resources (hardware and software to be kept, and serial numbers of hardware, if available);
b. the length of time the resources will be required; and
c. the nature of the project for which the computer resources will be used.

2. The Chief Information Officer will consult with the Dean of Faculty as needed and will make a decision whether to approve or deny the request. If a request is approved, the pre-existing allocation agreement with the College will remain in force. If the request is denied, the faculty member may negotiate an agreement with CIS to purchase the equipment.

C. Requests for computer upgrades or replacements should be made to the Chief Information Officer during the annual Computing Equipment Request process held each March. Emeritus faculty who were not provided with a computer when they retired may also submit a request for equipment during the annual request process. The Chief Information Officer will prioritize these requests and will consult with the Dean of Faculty as needed.  Priority will be based in part on the following ranking of emeritus requests:

1. teaching emeriti;
2. non-teaching emeriti who are advising thesis students;
3. non-teaching, non-advising emeriti who are actively engaged in scholarship

II. Computing Support

A. Hardware technical support will be provided by CUS for Reed-owned hardware. Personal hardware will be given technical support at the expense of the emeritus faculty owner and to the extent that resources are available.

B. Software technical support will be provided to the extent possible for all emeritus faculty who are engaged in teaching or scholarly activities.

C. All emeritus faculty will, upon request, continue to be allocated Kerberos accounts. They may continue to use the Reed network from computers directly connected to the campus network

D. Emeritus faculty who are teaching will receive the same level of support from Computer User Services and other staff in CIS as regular faculty. Requests for computer assistance from emeritus faculty who are not teaching will be given a lower priority than requests from teaching faculty. In particular, non-teaching emeritus faculty will be asked to refrain from making computer assistance requests during the following critical times of the year:

  • the week prior to Orientation week
  • Orientation week
  • the first week of classes in the fall
  • the last week of the fall semester (when theses are due)
  • the first week of classes in the spring
  • the last four weeks of the spring semester (2 weeks of classes, reading week, finals week)

During those times, assistance to teaching faculty and current students are the top priority of the CIS staff and assistance to others will be provided only if time permits.