L&S Printer Acquisition Policy

In an effort to provide L&S faculty and staff with the most reliable, cost-effective printing solutions, the College has established a few guidelines for printer purchases. This document covers the printer options available to L&S employees including the availability of existing network printers, and also covers the process of purchasing printing supplies.

Recommended Models

As part of a College-wide purchasing strategy, LSITO restricts the use of inkjet printers to employees with special requirements such as high-gloss printing. While the initial cost may be lower than comparable laser printers, the associated maintenance and support costs make inkjets a poor long-term solution.

Alternatively, L&S units requiring a higher-yield printer may wish to inquire about the possibility of leasing one of the Lanier printers supported by UWM Print Services. For a fixed monthly cost, all printing costs are included. For more details about the capabilities or pricing of the available Lanier models, please submit a Purchasing Support form.

Network Printing

As a more economical alternative to traditional desktop printers, many L&S units have started implementing network printers which can accommodate the printing needs of multiple employees. Before purchasing new printers, employees should consult with their unit’s main office to determine whether an existing network printer may meet their needs.

Similarly, L&S units seeking new printers are encouraged to consider purchasing a newer, network-capable model. Any questions or concerns regarding network printing can be submitted using a Purchasing Support form. A guide to adding a new network printer to your PC is available on our website.

Supply Costs

All L&S units are responsible for the cost of their own printing supplies, and any special arrangements concerning supply cost responsibilities should be finalized before all new printer purchases. L&S employees should also consult with their unit’s business manager to determine whether any additional purchasing restrictions may dictate the purchase of specific brands or models.