Service Level Agreement for Computer Support
- Scope of Service Level Agreement
- General Philosophy of Support
- Contacting Support
- Call Tickets
- Advance Service Requests
- Student Owned Computers
- Support Levels
- Related Documents
This document defines University Information Services (UIS) support for the “computing environment” for faculty, staff and student desktop and laptop computers. The computing environment includes the health and workability of the computer itself, and of monitors, mice, keyboards and other peripherals, and the computer’s ability to communicate with other computers and printers on the wired and wireless networks. The terms of this SLA do not specifically apply to enterprise data systems, health record systems, learning management systems, servers, websites, network or telephony infrastructure, technology purchasing, or events requiring audiovisual support.
Depending on the nature of a technical issue, some help requests may be forwarded on to technical specialists outside of UIS (e.g. Library Systems Support or Marketing and Communications Web Team specialists). The terms of this Service Level Agreement do not apply to help requests forwarded on to these specialists.
The job of UIS is to support the computing needs for students, faculty and staff of Pacific University. As UIS’ resources are limited, an effort must be made to prioritize help requests so that those requests most time-sensitive and most central to the mission of the university are handled first and given the most resources. “Central to the mission of the university” means, for students, the use of technology in their academic work; for faculty, the use of technology in the instruction and assessment of students; and for staff, the use of technology in completion of their job duties. Similarly, UIS only has the resources to fully support technologies that UIS has standardized on (and that UIS staff can be trained in the support of) and thus UIS must provide less support, or in some cases no support, for non-standard technologies (see Support Levels).
Our knowledgebase article: Contact Support contains instructions on contacting technology support resources at Pacific.
When a problem is urgent, it is recommended that you use the phone to request support, as this will allow for the quickest response.
When making the help request, clearly define the problem, the exact text of any error message, who is experiencing the problem, on what computer, and how it impacts the person's job/role/needs. Failure to provide this information may delay the resolution of a problem.
Support requests made by sending an email to or leaving a voicemail for a particular Helpdesk staff member may result in a significant delay before a problem can be attended to, as compared with the methods described above.
Active help requests will be recorded as call tickets in UIS’ helpdesk software. You should receive an automatic notification in your email when the call ticket is created. Customers can check on the status of a call ticket by logging into our Helpdesk Portal. Log in with the Pacific email address associated with your request and your PUNet password.
These are requests where requestors know in advance when UIS service will be needed. Requestors are encouraged to make these requests as far in advance as possible. Advance service requests include:
- Support of live events.
- Training requests.
- Supporting technology moves (e.g. those associated with an office move).
- Creating special accounts.
- Setting up new employees.
The following should be taken into account when deciding when to put in a request:
- Adding software to UIS-managed computer labs: Software in UIS-managed labs is generally refreshed every Summer. Requests to add new software should be received prior to that time.
- Departmental technology purchase: Once a piece of technology has been selected, and a budget authority has approved its purchase, the purchasing process takes one week, not including delivery time for physical items. For computers, the build-time and imaging for a computer is such that a computer should be ordered at least one month before it is needed.
For each student, UIS will support one computer, the primary computer used for academic use by that student, and its computing environment. UIS does not support personally-owned computers for faculty and staff, nor secondary computers owned by students. UIS only supports Windows and Mac computers, and cannot support any computer that does not meet the Computer Recommendations for that student’s program, see Computer Recommendations
Support for student computers generally follows the same rules and with the same support level goals as faculty and staff computers, except with the following caveats:
- Many problems can be fixed at the help desk “while-you-wait.” When they cannot, however, students must check their computers in for service. Service times for student laptops vary depending on the issue and the number of computers waiting to be serviced. The most typically time intensive repair is virus/malware cleaning, which can take, during busy times, up to 7 business days.
- UIS can do minor hardware repairs but is not a fully-stocked hardware shop and thus cannot do high level repairs (e.g. replacing laptop screens, soldering on loose components).
- If repairing a computer carries a cost (e.g. a part must be purchased), the student is responsible for either purchasing the part and delivering it to UIS, or taking it to a third-party repair shop and paying for the repair there.
- UIS cannot fix every problem. In some cases, the only solution left for a student may be to take a computer to a third-party repair shop or to purchase a new computer.
Please note that whether or not technology was purchased with grant funds does not affect its supported status.
Core Systems Support
This category encompasses technology that has been suggested and sanctioned by UIS as the basic suite of tools provided for faculty, staff and students to accomplish their core job duties and academic work. UIS staff is trained on the use and troubleshooting of these technologies. There is no limit on the amount of time UIS staff will spend to restore the basic operability of these technologies (or find acceptable alternatives) when they fail. Core Systems technologies include:
- Dell and Apple computers (and peripherals), of UIS standard models, issued by or purchased through UIS, with a UIS “standard” software load on them.
- Access to wireless, Pharos printing and Pacific web-based services by a student’s personally-owned, primary-academic-use computer that meets the published computer recommendations (https://helpdesk.pacificu.edu/kb/article/168-Computer-Recommendations-Incoming-Pacific-University-Students).
- Dell and Apple monitors.
- Dell or HP networked laser printers, issued by or purchased through UIS.
- The Microsoft Office suites for Windows and Mac, including access to email via Outlook.
- Google Chrome (Windows and Mac), Safari (Mac) and Firefox Extended Support Release (Windows and Mac).
- The SPSS statistics package
- Symantec Endpoint Protection
- Software currently included in our standard software load for UIS-deployed faculty/staff computers, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Zoom video teleconferencing.
These are technologies that UIS approves for purchase according to the particular needs of individuals in the university, but that are not supported at the same level as Core Systems technologies. UIS staff does not have the same level of expertise on these as on Core Systems technologies. UIS will always make an attempt to help users resolve problems with Standard Support technologies, but cannot guarantee a successful resolution to problems. If the support of a Standard Support technology is taking so much time that it is a detriment to the support of Core Systems technologies, UIS will stop working on that support issue. In these cases, users of Standard Supported technologies may be responsible for contacting and working with technical support by the vendors of those technologies to resolve technical problems. In the case of older Standard Support technologies that no longer work in the UIS supported environment (e.g. scientific instrumentation software that only works with Windows 7), purchasing brand new technology may be the only option available to users to resolve a problem. Standard Support technologies include:
- Multifunction, ink-jet, non-networked, or non-Dell/HP printers.
- Scientific instrumentation and any attached non-standard computers.
- Clinical equipment and any attached non-standard computers.
- Hardware, operating system and software on a student’s personally-owned, primary-academic-use computer that meets the published computer recommendations (http://www.pacificu.edu/uis/generalinfo/computer_recommendations.cfm).
- Adobe Creative Suite.
- Non-email Google services available via BoxerApps.
- Smart phones, PDAs, iPods and iPads.
- Tablet and netbook computers.
- Non-Dell, non-Apple computers.
- Non-English versions of operating systems or software.
- Any non-Zoom video teleconferencing (e.g. Skype, Google Video Chat or iChat).
- Any software not-listed in the Core Systems support section, for which purchasing and installation has been approved by UIS.
- Older software which is no longer being supported by the vendor/publisher.
These are technologies that are not sanctioned for use by UIS and UIS does not offer any support for.
- Any non-Microsoft productivity program or suite (iWork, Word Perfect, Open Office).
- Filesharing programs (BitTorrent, LimeWire, eMule).
- Servers not maintained by UIS.
- Any operating system other than Windows Professional, Windows Education or Mac OS (e.g. linux, unix, Windows server). Windows Home and Windows starter are only supported on students’ personally owned computers.
- Windows running on Apple hardware.
- Personally-owned computers of faculty and staff.
- Personally-owned student computers that do not meet the published computer recommendations (https://helpdesk.pacificu.edu/kb/article/168-Computer-Recommendations-Incoming-Pacific-University-Students).
- Use of tablets (e.g. iPads) as a replacement for an employee’s office computer.
- Software that does not run on the latest operating systems supported by UIS.
- Polycom-based video teleconferencing.
As per the Workstation Security and Use Policy, UIS can disallow insecure or harmful technology (including hardware, software and operating systems) from use on University owned computers and networks. Technology which is currently not allowed includes:
- Windows XP or previous running on network-connected university-owned computers.
- (as of 1/14/20) Windows 7 running on network-connected university-owned computers.
- Quicktime for Windows
- University work files stored on cloud storage solutions other than Google Drive via BoxerApps, or Box.
- Mac OS 10.10 or previous.
- Office 2011 or previous on Apple computers, and Office 2010 or previous on Windows computers.
- Technology Purchasing: Pre-Purchase UIS Consultation
- Service Level Agreement for Events Requiring Audiovisual Support
- Appropriate Use Policy for Information Technology
- University Purchased Tablet Policy
- Workstation Security and Use Policy