eWarrior Digital Life & Learning Program
The eWarrior program equips students with a fully configured and supported laptop computer and tablet. But it’s much more than just mobile devices. The eWarrior Digital Life & Learning Program ensures WSU students have secure, reliable, and supportable technology 24/7.
Information technology is integrated into the student's social and learning experience. Students have the flexibility of working on campus or within the comforts of their own home. With eWarrior technology, the WSU network – complete with course software – is only a click away.
Students at WSU expand their classroom by viewing class information, submitting assignments online, and interacting with faculty and fellow students via email, video conferencing, and instant messenger. Less than perfect weather outside? Students don't need to head to the library when they have the ability to prepare papers and presentations via online research and study groups. But it doesn't stop there. Students have the freedom to create their own websites, listen to music, chat, watch movies, and web surf!
Missing your family? Chat with friends and loved ones anytime you wish via email, Skype and/or instant messenger. Keeping in contact has never been easier.
Watch our introduction video on YouTube for more information.
Note: Students who aren’t enrolled in the eWarrior program receive limited Tech Support for their personally-owned devices, including access email, wi-fi, campus-supported software, and printing.
Who is Eligible?
All full time undergraduate students (12 or more semester credits) on the Winona campus are automatically enrolled in the eWarrior program and are eligible to receive a laptop and tablet.
Rochester campus students can choose to participate in the eWarrior Digital Life and Learning Program. Some undergrad programs at Rochester require the program, a modified program, or recommend it for their students.
Computer science undergraduate students taking nine or more computer science semester credits are required to participate in the eWarrior program and should pick up a laptop and tablet.
Education undergraduate students are required to have a tablet.
Nursing students are encouraged to enroll in the eWarrior program.
Rochester students should check with their academic advisor to determine if they will be automatically enrolled in the eWarrior program or if it is recommended for their degree program.
Graduate and Part-time Students
Graduate students and part-time students can choose to participate in the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program or use personally-owned devices. Learn more in the Grad & PT Students Technology Survival Guide.
Students receive all the hardware and software needed for their academic work and residential life, including:
- Laptop – choose a Macintosh or PC (exchanged for a new model every two years)
- Tablet – exchanged for a new model every two years
- Access to network applications and services
- Personal cloud storage
- VPN for remote access to network resources
- Wireless access – over 600 access points ensure coverage on campus and in residence halls
- Laser printer access
- Loaner laptops if extended repairs or replacement is necessary
- Laptop damage protection (some fees may apply)
- Safeware insurance program available for laptops and tablets (deductible fees apply)
- Department-specific software and software updates
- High quality anti-virus and spyware protection
- Opportunity to purchase laptop or tablet upon graduation
The Technical Support Center is staffed with full-time technicians and trained student workers who understand the importance of technology on campus. Tech support offers telephone, e-mail, online, and walk-in help for technical questions or issues. The eWarrior Digital Learning Center provides software and hardware training, including laptop workshops and one-on-one training upon request.
An eWarrior Digital Life & Learning Program fee is charged each semester. For 2015-2017, that fee is $485 per semester. Summers are at no cost if the student continues enrollment at WSU the following fall semester. See the eWarrior Technology Agreement for more details.
Where does the money go?
- 67.1% Hardware: Laptop rotation every two years.
- 15.5% Staffing: Full-time and student employment.
- 7.1% Maintenance: Insurance, repairs, spare laptops, components, replacement battery, personalized help desk, and hardware warranties.
- 6.6% Program Costs: Graduating student buyout program, training, administration, un-collectibles.
- 3.7% Software Applications: Microsoft Office for PC and Mac and other applications that are required by specific departments or majors.
Purchase Opportunity for Graduates
When a student graduates, they are eligible to purchase their laptop and/or tablet. The sale is conducted by WSU’s leasing vendor, Aspen Capital. The prices are determined by the number of years that the student participated in the eWarrior Digital Life and Learning Program.
Only laptops and tablets that are currently at the end of their two-year lease cycles are available for sale. Information is sent to students who have been accepted for graduation explaining the dates, times and terms of the sale. Sale information is also available online at Mobile Device Sale for WSU Grads.
Academic Status impacts eWarrior Program
Not taking classes – Please return your mobile devices to the Technical Support Center (Somsen 207) within five days of graduation or withdrawal from WSU.
If a student is not registered for classes and has not returned their laptop or tablet, late return fees begin accumulating on the first day of the semester and will increase incrementally until full replacement costs are assessed.
Academic suspension – Students on academic suspension notice who will not be returning to WSU the following semester should return their laptop to the Technical Support Center (Somsen 207) to avoid extra late mobile device return fees.
Intent to return – You may be able to retain your WSU laptop and tablet for a one semester leave of absence. An extension will not be granted to students with unpaid eWarrior program fees. If your fees are paid up, you may submit an Intent to Return Request to the Technical Support Center.
- You can keep your WSU mobile devices and receive support services for one academic semester
- You must pay the eWarrior Digital Life and Learning semester fee
- You must register for classes one week prior to the start of the next academic semester or you will be considered in default of the eWarrior Digital Life and Learning contract
(Note: An intent to return application does not resolve or remove late fees that have been applied to the student account for failure to return mobile devices on time.)
Study Abroad, Internships, Student Teaching – Check with your instructor or advisor to find out if you are required to have a WSU laptop or tablet. If your instructor/advisor does not have a laptop requirement you have two options:
- Option 1: Keep your laptop and tablet during your semester away from campus. Your student account will be billed for the semester eWarrior fee. Please notify the Technical Support Center of your situation and your intention to keep the mobile devices, and they will explain your technical support options while away from campus.
- Option 2: Return your laptop and tablet to the Technical Support Center before you leave and before the semester begins. The semester eWarrior fee will be removed from your account. If you don’t return the mobile devices before the semester begins, you will be assessed a fee based on the date they are returned. Note: We do not hold returned laptops for the semester.
Graduating seniors: If your study away from WSU is your last semester before graduation, please contact the Technical Support Center for information regarding early laptop purchase options for graduates.
Damaged, Lost or Stolen Devices
Damaged Mobile Devices - Students are responsible for accidental device damages or lost components and will be assessed fees as detailed in the eWarrior Technology Agreement. Fees are not charged for repairs covered by warranty. Fees will be charged for damage such as cracked casings, broken screens and liquid spills. Fees increase incrementally with each incident during the two-year lease period. Students will be charged the exact amount of the repair for minor incidents such as a crack in the case or a broken keyboard. Students are responsible for all damages to their mobile devices, even if the damage is caused by others.
WSU offers Safeware, an optional insurance and warranty protection plan for laptops, tablets and power cords that protects against accidental damage, liquid spills and submersion, power surge, and 100% parts and labor.
Note: Students may obtain permission to have their laptop repaired by an authorized repair center outside of WSU; however, this permission must be granted prior to the repair.
Stolen Mobile Devices – Report stolen laptops or tablets to local law enforcement authorities as soon as possible and request a copy of the police report. Turn in a copy of the police report to the Technical Support Center, and you will receive a replacement laptop or tablet.