Stratford University Unbound Policy


The Unbound Program

What is the Unbound Program
Stratford University wants to prepare all students for the technology-driven careers that await them once they graduate. The Unbound Initiative program requires all students, at this time, taking a certain business or IT course to bring an approved device to class. The purpose for bringing the device to class is to enrich their education by broadening and enhancing the quality of the academic experience and increase integration of technology into the classroom.

How will this program benefit me?
The Unbound program lays a ground work for confident and capable users in mobile technology while enhancing the learning, productivity, and efficiency in their programs by the:

  • Ability to use the device anywhere on campus
  • Electronic note-taking capabilities and highlighting and annotation of text in e-books
  • Improvement of the search functionality of content
  • Capability to navigate course material quickly and easily
  • Means to carry all program resources with you all times in one lightweight device
  • Potential to instantly generate and share media rich content quickly
  • Proficiency to access email, messaging, social media, photo-sharing, research, and web-surfing at any time
  • Usage of the device for multiple functionality reducing the need for a camera, recorder, calculator, etc.
  • Potential significant savings in textbooks and in printing
  • Skills, knowledge, and experience gained during the program allowing them to become prepared for real world work environments before graduation

Cost for the Program

Is there a cost?

  • Yes, there is a cost to purchase a device from Stratford University. A technology fee can be assessed over one academic year using tuition reimbursement, VA benefits, or direct payment.
    • The standard device for a NON-CIS program is an iPad Air 2 at the cost of is $795.87 with tax. The standard device for a CIS program is a Surface Pro 4 at the cost of is $1,515.80 with tax. Non-CIS program can purchase either an iPad Air 2 or a Surface Pro 4. CIS program requires a Surface Pro 4.

What does the cost cover?

  • For the iPad the cost covers an iPad Air 2 with 64GB and WIFI capability. A 2-year AppleCare warranty and a Logitech type keyboard folio case.
  • For the Surface Pro 4 the cost covers a Surface Pro 4, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Cover for Surface Pro, and Surface Insurance.

Can I BYOD?

  • Yes, you can bring a Stratford University IT approved device to class. The technical specifications are listed in the Stratford University catalogue or addendum. If a student does not have an approved device, they can purchase a device on their own or using their Title IV, VA benefits or payment plan, they can purchase an iPad Air 2 or Surface Pro 4 from Stratford University.

Safety and Security

Who is responsible for the Stratford University device?

  • Students are responsible for their device. While on the payment plan at Stratford University, all Stratford University mobile devices will be managed by the Stratford University IT department through a Mobile Device Management (MDM) program.

What happens if the Stratford University device is damaged?

  • Each Stratford University device comes with a 2 year insurance policy that provides coverage for two incidents of accidental damage with a slight cost. Check the device‚Äôs warranty for the cost.

What happens if the Stratford University device is lost or stolen?

  • Students will be responsible for costs in repairing or replacing devices due to negligence, loss, or intentional misconduct. If the mobile device is being managed by Stratford University IT the device can be shut down and un-useable once request has been submitted to IT using servicedesk@stratford.edu within 1 to 2 business days after the request is received.

What happens if I withdraw or cancel from the program?

  • If the device has an outstanding balance, the device must be returned to Stratford in University in good condition. Depending on when the student withdraws or cancels, a pro-rated fee will be applied to the technology fee.
  • Students that turn in visibility damaged device with an outstanding balanced are required to pay for their device in full at the time of withdrawal or cancellation. Student can purchase the device when they withdraw or cancel.

Service and Support

What can I do with my device?

  • Students are encouraged to use their device to take notes, access Moodle, collaborate on projects, engage in breakout sessions in class, research content for papers, present content, and access their e-book in class, at the discretion of their professor.

Is there any service or support for these Stratford University devices?

  • Stratford University provides mobile device management and shut-down capability if the device if stolen. Hardware support is provided by the vendor.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

  • Send an email to servicedesk@startford.edu. Be sure to include the type of device and a detailed information surrounding your question.