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iPads and Cell Phones

3/26/20 Update:  Due to the current circumstances and campus operational status, all cellular phone purchases are temporarily suspended. 

For iPad needs, please review the one-time technology purchases webpage for interim guidelines until campus returns to normal operations.  

IITS staff are working diligently to serve the campus’ IT needs during this transition to remote instruction.  We encourage you to check in at the IITS for You webpage often for updates.


Requests for new iPad or cellular phone resources represent a fiscal commitment on behalf of CSUSM funds.  This is true of the intial purchase, ongoing support, and future refresh of equipment.  The campus' Information Management Steering Committee (IMSC) has established the following procedure effective October 25, 2018:

All new/upgraded iPad and cellular phone requests must be approved within their own division prior to any action being taken by IITS to deploy equipment.

  1. Please have your Administrative Coordinator (AC) contact Telephone Services to obtain a quote for an iPad, cellular equipment or service plans prior to filling out the Technology Order Request form.  All iPads must be purchased through the campus' Apple Education account.

  2. Once the quote or documentation from Telephone Services is received, users will submit a Technology Order Request and furnish the information requested. 

  3. When IITS receives the request, it will be routed to the appropriate fiscal authority, Department Chair or Manager, and Dean or AVP for eSignature approval.  iPads or cell phone purchases requiring monthly service plans will also require Provost/VP approval. 

  4. All requests approved within your division will be released to Telephone Services staff for processing. Typical processing is 2 weeks.

  5. All iPad and cell phones must be shipped to University Receiving and are routed to Telephone Services for documentation purposes prior to being deployed to user.

All iPads and cellular devices purchased (or reimbursed) with State, auxiliary, or sponsored project funds are the property of the State of California (or CSUSM and its auxiliaries).  

Questions regarding the purchase of iPads and cellular equipment may be directed to tservices@csusm.edu

NEW 12/11/19:  Procurement Operations and Accounts Payable Cell Phone Reimbursement Guidelines