EDGE (Empowering a Dynamic Generation through Education) is the name given to Berea College’s program that provides a laptop computer to every student. In addition to laptop computers, the EDGE program provides access to the campus network and the Internet from many locations, including classrooms and residence hall rooms, as well as access to software, classroom multimedia technology, technical support, and training. Students who graduate from Berea College receive ownership of their laptop computers upon completion of transfer of ownership documents available at the Information Systems & Services (IS&S) service center.
Participation in the Berea College EDGE student laptop computer program is required of every Berea College student. Regular full-time students are charged a technology fee of $150 per term ($300 per year) for the program. Part-time students also pay a technology fee as part of their access fee. These fees cover a portion of the cost of the program. Every student must sign an “EDGE Student Participation Agreement and Network/ E-mail/Web Account Application” form prior to being issued a laptop computer or a permanent network / e-mail / Web account at the college. A copy of the Participation Agreement can be found online.
Students having difficulty with their EDGE laptops should bring them to the IS&S Service Center in the Computer Center adjacent to the Hutchins Library to receive assistance. If a laptop requires repair, a temporary replacement computer can be checked out. Students are responsible for their EDGE laptop computers and will be charged for the value of the computer if it is lost, stolen, or destroyed. Students are encouraged to purchase homeowners or rental insurance to cover the risk. In the event of damage to the computer or loss of components, students are charged a processing fee per incident plus the cost of repair parts. Equipment failure is covered by manufacturer warranty and such repairs are done at no cost to the student.
In their use of Berea College computing resources, students are expected to comply with the Berea College Computer and Network Policy and the Berea College IS&S Network Usage Guidelines as well as other applicable College policies and federal, state, and local laws. Those policies cover security, privacy, copyright, acceptable use of e-mail, and other topics.
A copy of the Computer Network Policy and Network Usage Guidelines along with related policies and information can be found online.
- EDGE Participation Agreement
- Computer Network Policy
- Network Usage Guidelines
- Student Laptop Support
- Information Systems & Services Polices and Guidelines
Notice and Disclaimer
This online publication is the official text of the Berea College Catalog & Student Handbook. Berea College reserves the right to amend, revise, or modify content within this publication at any time.Posted: 2-12-2010
Updated by Wanda Burch