Media disposal, also known as media sanitization, services are available to all University faculty and staff. Media disposal is a process by which data is irreversibly removed from media devices (such as computers, hard drives, thumb drives, mobile phones, etc.) and/or the media device is permanently destroyed.
Proper disposal of media minimizes the risk of a security breach, and it also reduces the loss of intellectual information, patient health information, research data, and/or other personal confidential information stored in a device. UMIT will use shredding as the technique for destroying media containing University data; this technique is recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
No costs are associated with this service.
In order to properly destroy data from media devices such as workstations and/or desktop computers, please complete the Equipment Transfers/Surplus form and email the completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Once the request is processed, a UMIT representative will schedule a visit at your location within 5 to 7 business days to work with you to remove media from these types of devices.
In addition, each of the following campus drop-off locations will accept easily portable media devices such as hard drives, USB thumb drives, laptops, tablets, magnetic tapes, floppy disks, and/or mobile phones for media disposal*:
*Please note: Workstations and/or desktop computers will not be accepted at the drop-off locations. Only easily portable computers such as laptops and tablets will be accepted at the drop-off locations.
- • Coral Gables campus: Gables One Tower, Basement “Media Disposal” office - Open Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.
- • Medical campus: Clinical Research Building, Room #107 - Open Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m.
- • RSMAS campus: Marine Science Center Building, Room #227 - Open from Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.