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Question on providing virus protection to students
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We are currently getting ready to renew our university virus protection agreement and after reviewing our numbers we began asking ourselves if the cost to provide virus protection to our students is worth the money we pay vs. telling the students that they would need to provide their own. These days you would like to hope that no system would be running without some sort of protection thus students shouldn’t be waiting to get into a college to have virus protection on their computer. I know this is just another way to pass the burden on to the student and we have always provided virus protection to ours in the past but given budget cuts these days this is just another area that we have to look at and wonder how many are actually using what we are providing to them. The savings on this could certainly be used more efficiently for other resources to the students if we think that not enough are using the virus protection we are paying for and providing. Unfortunately I don’t believe we can get a true number of how many of our students are running our virus protection. We have some idea based on this hits to our portal for the download but we can only assume that they are all actually pulling it down and installing like they should.
So my question to the group is do you offer licensed virus protection to your students vs. asking them to provide their own?
We appreciate any feedback.
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