Software for Personal Use

Some vendors offer academic discounts for "personal use" software purchased by university staff or students for installation on computers that they own. These purchases are personal transactions between the individual and the vendor.

By law, the university cannot coordinate or process the ordering, billing, or receipt of the goods. Although the following vendors offer employee discounts, or even free software, it is still advisable to "shop around" to find the best deal and the best software for your needs. Software listed below is neither recommended or endorsed to meet specific needs. Hopefully this information will be useful to you.

WWU Associated Student Bookstore


The A.S. Bookstore offers academic discounts to faculty, staff and students on a variety of software products including Microsoft and Adobe titles. A WWU ID is required for some purchases.

AS Bookstore Computer Products

Work At Home Software

Some software products licensed for business use include the right to install the software on a second workstation or a workstation owned by a WWU faculty or staff member. These licenses have specific and differing terms --- sometimes use is limited to the licensee or cannot be used for personal or commercial projects. There may also be a cost involved.

This is not the same as personal use software that is not based on an exising software license, but may have eligibility requirements and/or an academic discount.

Summaries for some WWU agreements are below. If the software below says Work at Home in the name, then it is a Work at Home product. If not, it is a personal use software. To request a license, information about other software products, complete terms, or other questions, please contact us at or 360.650.3159.

License Summary for:

ADAM Interactive Anatomy

An ADAM Interactive Anatomy site license funded by Student Technology Fees provides ADAM Interactive Anatomy Online to all WWU faculty and students. The software can be accessed through MyWestern on the Faculty tab > Faculty Resources channel or the Student tab > Technology channel.


Adobe Work-At-Home License Summary

For Adobe products with "work at home" rights, the primary user of the computer on which the software is installed may install a second copy of the software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable computer or a computer located at his or her home, provided that the software on the portable or home computer is not used at the same time as the software on the primary computer. The software remains the property of WWU and must be uninstalled when the licensed software is uninstalled from the work computer or when the licensee is no longer associated with WWU.

All Adobe software distributed by ATUS Software Services includes a Work At Home benefit.

IBM SPSS Work At Home License Summary

The WWU IBM Campus Value Plan includes a work-at-home benefit for IBM SPSS Statistics and SPSS AMOS for WWU faculty, staff and students for teaching and non-commercial academic research. Non-commercial academic research means research by degree seeking students and faculty members where (i) the results of such research are not intended primarily for the benefit of a third party; (ii) such results are made available to anyone without restriction on use, copying or further distribution; and (iii) any copy of any such result is furnished for no more than the cost of hosting, reproduction, and shipping.

Western’s Academic SPSS Site License includes SPSS Base, SPSS Advanced Statistics, and SPSS Regression Models and AMOS. Information and resources are available online at

Microsoft Licensing

Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 provides installation of the latest version Microsoft Office (Windows or Macintosh) on up to five devices that you own including desktop computer, laptop, tablet and/or smart phone for no charge. More Info

Microsoft Office Home Use Program (HUP) Summary

WWU faculty and staff who use a licensed copy of Microsoft Office at work are eligible to receive one licensed copy of Microsoft Office for two installation on a computer that they own due to WWU’s participation in a Microsoft Campus Agreement and this is not restricted to only work at home. More Info

Free Microsoft Software for University Students

WWU students can download Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows for no charge through a program funded by Information Technology Services. For program information, go to

Microsoft DreamSpark - FREE for Students

A variety of professional developer and designer tools are available to students at no charge, including Visual Studio 2008, Expression Studio 2, Robotics Developer Studio 2008, SNA Game Studio 3.0. Current enrollment verification is required.

Thomson Reuters EndNote Work At Home License Summary

If the Software is installed only on the permanent memory of a single desktop computer which is not accessible by multiple computers, and that single desktop computer is used by the primary user no less than 80% of the time the computer is in use, that primary user may also install an additional copy of the Software, but only for use on a home or portable computer which is used by such user more than 80% of the time the home or portable computer is in use.




Questions? Contact Software Services or 360.650.3159