The Division of Information Technology works closely with Apple and RU's Procurement & Contracts Office to obtain the appropriate configuration and simplify the ordering process for iPads. The steps to purchase a University-owned iPad include the following:
Step 1: The department completes an iPad Justification & Quote Request and submits the form to Academic Technologies.
Step 2: Academic Technologies obtains a quote for specified iPad quantities and accessories and forwards the quote to the department contact identified on the Justification form.
Step 3: The requesting department enters a purchase requisition into eVA and attaches the quote and completed iPad Justification/Quote form to the PR. The following information should be included on the PR:
- Supplier: Apple Inc. Austin, TX - vendor TIN #942404110
- Contract No. and iPad Part No.: Enter state contract #VA-100706-APPL and iPad part number as provided on the quote.
- Item Description: Enter the item description as provided on the quote and include the following engraving statement: Engrave on two lines "Property of" "Radford University"
Step 4: Once the iPad arrives at the RU Campus Warehouse:
- Fixed Assets attaches a Radford University property tag
- The iPad is delivered to Academic Technologies
- Academic Technologies contacts the department to arrange iPad distribution and training.
- Cellular Connectivity. The standard iPad connectivity is Wi-Fi (similar to a laptop). The optional cellular (4G) chipset is available and must be specified as either AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon. This data plan may not be purchased from University E&G and Auxiliary budgets. Individuals who purchase the data plan using personal funds may not request reimbursement from the University.
- iOS apps. Due to Apple legal and the Virginia state purchasing guidelines, Radford University is unable to purchase "apps" from E&G and Auxiliary budgets. Individuals who purchase apps using personal funds may not request reimbursement from the University; however, Radford University will continue to work with Apple to resolve these obstacles and provide a mechanism for the university to purchase apps in the future.
- Standard warranty is 1-year for hardware failures. The iPad is a consumer device with expected life span of approximately 18-36 months. AppleCare only extends this warranty to 2-years. This warranty does not cover accidental damage of screen damage or spilling liquid on the device, thus $99 AppleCare is not recommended. Departments are responsible if any hardware failure costs are incurred.