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Technical Requirements


During orientation, you will receive a laptop. This laptop is yours to use during your term at the Nicholas School (NS). While enrolled in the program, the laptop remains Duke property and must be returned upon withdrawal or leave of absence. Upon graduation, ownership is transferred to you. No other hardware is supported by the NS IT Department, and in the event a repair is needed, loaner laptops can be express mailed. The laptop has both wireless and network interface cards for network access.

During our orientation meeting, you will review the Computer Use Agreement and complete the acknowledgement form below:

Computer Use Acknowledgement Form
  • I acknowledge that the computer is in new condition unless noted below. In no event shall Duke University or the DEL program be liable to me or my guardian, personal representative, or heirs for any incidental, special, indirect or consequential damage of whatever nature arising out of any claim, whether in contract, tort or otherwise, alleging the University’s failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement or its breach of any duty, common law or otherwise, owed to me. I have read and accept the Duke Environmental Leadership Program Computer Agreement and agree that the equipment described below has been checked out to me. By use of the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Ultrabook Laptop, software and equipment, and by signing this agreement, the student agrees to these terms and conditions.


Familiarity with web-based applications, word processing software, and email applications will be helpful. Your laptop borrowed from the school will have all the software necessary for successful program completion. You will be able to install your own software on the laptop; however, we can’t guarantee any software you install will work, nor can we support your use of other software packages.

Internet Access

You will need to arrange network access with your local internet service provider (ISP), and we strongly encourage you to arrange for broadband access to the internet via a cable modem, DSL, or a satellite connection. Relying on a dial-up ISP WILL put you at a disadvantage in your coursework due to the slower connection speed. We cannot provide support for your network connection nor can we help you with any home networking equipment such as firewalls, routers, or switches.


More information about your laptop and IT support will be provided at the orientation.