Finance, Operations, and IT
Faculty Desktop Support
Faculty Desktop Support (FDS) currently provides on-site desktop and laptop support for the social sciences and humanities faculty of the Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Assistance will be provided by appointment on a first come, first served basis. When requesting assistance, please indicate times you might be available at your computer for help. Upon receiving your request, FDS will contact you as soon as possible, the same day in most cases, to set up an appointment.
Please contact FDS at either firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 854-0702.
As a member of Columbia University, Arts and Sciences faculty and staff are eligible for educational discounts for computer purchases with Dell, Apple and other Columbia preferred vendors.
Recommended Systems: Users are recommended to choose the Operating System with which they are most comfortable. However, Arts and Sciences recommends one of the following:
- Microsoft Windows XP, which is compatible with Columbia's enterprise applications.
- Mac OS X [Note: All currently available Apple Macintosh models use Intel processors. A benefit of the Intel chip is that Macs - in addition to Mac OS X- are capable of running Windows XP/Vista, Linux and other Unix flavors via virtualization software such as Boot Camp, Parallels, VMWare, etc.]
For personal computer (PC) and peripheral purchases, please visit the CUIT website.
For Apple computer purchases, please visit Apple's Custom Store for the Arts and Sciences. Apple offers a customized online store offering systems to the staff and faculty of the Arts and Sciences at a substantial discount over and above the education discount on selected computer bundles. Please read the information below to enter the right Apple store.
For Purchases with University Funds
Visit the Apple Institution Store to make a purchase with a Purchase Order, FRAP Card or Pcard. Click the Recommended Systems tile in the upper right hand corner to see the special discounted bundles.
For help with creating a quote, please contact Ted Evans at email@example.com or (512) 674-6907.
- For Personal Purchases
Visit the Apple Individual Store to make a purchase with personal funds. Click the Recommended Systems tile in the upper right corner to see the special discounted bundles.
For questions about specific promotions and offers, please contact Ronnie Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 256-9421.