Electronic IT Purchase Process

Michigan State University is committed to providing an accessible, usable, and integrated user experience. When purchasing Electronic Information Technology (EIT), units should understand the impact these purchases have on individuals with disabilities in and outside the university.  


EIT is information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information. 

The term electronic and information technology includes, but is not limited to:

  • telecommunications products
  • information kiosks and transaction machines
  • Internet and Intranet websites
  • web-delivered content
  • software
  • electronic books and electronic book reading systems
  • search engines and databases
  • multimedia
  • classroom technology
  • office equipment


Technology Purchasing Process

Purchasing is facilitating web accessibility and security reviews on behalf of MSU IT in order to minimize security and data risks and maintain web accessibility compliance, as part of the purchasing process for both new products and renewals.

As part of the updated technology process, Purchasing will submit applicable passes on high-risk products and services to the security and/or accessibility review committees within MSU IT. The respective review committees will perform a review and may follow up with university purchasers as needed for additional information or partnership in the purchase’s implementation based on the product or service, vendor/service provider, and what is discovered in their review. Purchasing will forward all final reviews and recommendations to university purchasers.

Involve Purchasing Early

It is important to involve Purchasing early in product selection and renewals. This will allow adequate time to conduct the reviews and implement any recommendations necessary to complete the purchase and maintain any project timelines.

For purchasing questions or concerns, please contact Susan House at (517) 884-6165 or housesus@msu.edu. For specific accessibility or security questions, contact webaccess@msu.edu or informationtechnology@msu.edu.

Note that "free" software still constitutes a binding contract to the university. Please contact Purchasing before accepting any terms and conditions.

Additional Resources

MSU Technology Guidelines and Policies
Institutional Data Policy