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ResNet Policies


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ResNet Policies

Registration Policy

All computers and gaming systems that are going to be used on the network must be registered with ResNet’s online registration system. Computer systems must follow the registration procedure listed on the registration site. You are only allowed to register one computer per user name. Students can use multiple computers in their room, but only 1 computer can be registered for the student. If during the school year a student receives a new computer, you must come to ResNet (RSC room 52) and request that your old computer be de-registered from the system before you can register your new system. If you wish to use your gaming system on the network, you must bring in your system, power cable, TV hookups, a controller, and the network card system CD (if applicable) to the ResNet office for a gaming network setup. You are allowed to have both a gaming system and a computer registered at one time.

Patch Policy

It is recommended that all students who use the school’s network have their computers updated with the latest service packs and updates required or suggested by your operating system(s) manufacturer (this includes Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS, and Linux distributions). Failure to protect your computer with these updates could result in major computer problems for you, and could possibly affect the entire network. It will be the student’s responsibility to keep his/her computer up-to-date. If network problems occur because of lack of updates, the student will receive a written warning to have the problem fixed. Failure to do so may result in internet access loss. ResNet will help any student with updates if they need it.

Worms, Trojans and Spyware

Worms, Trojans and Spyware are types of mini-programs that are typically designed to cause harm to your computer, and whatever network your computer is attached to. Most antivirus software will try to keep Worms and Trojans from entering your computer, however, they are not always successful. At the same time, Spyware programs could be trying to get themselves on your computer, or are working already on your computer. There are free tools available to download to help prevent Spyware programs from controlling your computer. Once registered, you can download these programs. The campus recommends that you install the following programs to your computer: Lavasoft Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy. If you suspect that your computer has a Worm, Trojan, or Spyware program, you will need to contact ResNet immediately. ResNet will try to remove the Worm, Trojan and/or Spyware program before it does too much harm. Failure to remove these could result in network problems. If your computer gets a Worm, Trojan, or Spyware program and you are unaware of it and ResNet is told about it, the student must cooperate in any way possible with ResNet to have this problem removed from their computer. Failure to cooperate with ResNet may result in internet access loss.

Port Scanners

Port Scanners are programs that are designed to scan software ports on a person’s computer. These ports are used to see what kinds of services are available on your computer. Students are not allowed to use port scanners of any kind against another computer. It is okay for a student to scan their own ports on their own computer, or if it is in a classroom setting and used in classroom labs (you must have permission from your professor before you do this, your professor must notify Networking that this will be done, and it must stay in the lab or classroom). If it is found that a student is scanning other ports anywhere on campus, this will immediately be considered a personal privacy violation, and the student will lose their internet access. The first violation will be a loss of internet access for four (4) total months (the equivalent to one semester). The second violation will be a loss of internet access for twelve (12) total months (the equivalent of one calendar year), and possible prosecution from our Campus Safety department.

"Sniffing" or Analyzing Network Traffic

Students are not allowed to “Sniff” or analyze traffic on the school’s network. It is okay for a student to “sniff” or analyze traffic that comes into their own computer, or if it is in a classroom setting and used in a classroom lab (you must have permission from your professor before you do this, your professor must notify Networking that this will be done, and it must stay in the lab or classroom). If it is found that a student is “sniffing” or analyzing traffic on the school’s network, this will immediately be considered a personal privacy violation, and the student will lose their internet access. The first violation will be a loss of internet access for four (4) total months (the equivalent to one semester). The second violation will be a loss of internet access for twelve (12) total months (the equivalent of one calendar year), and possible prosecution from our Campus Safety department.

Unauthorized Access

Accessing someone’s computer, or any other computer or system on campus, without that someone knowing about it is not allowed. This violated the Personal Privacy Act, and you will lose your network connection for twelve (12) total months (the equivalent of one calendar year), and possible prosecution from our Campus Safety department.

Host Vulnerabilities

Scanning a computer to find it’s vulnerabilities is not allowed. If it is suspected that you are scanning computers or systems for vulnerabilities, you will be notified by ResNet or Campus Safety, and you will be asked to cooperate in any way with ResNet, Campus Safety, or with any other computer department on campus. Failure to cooperate with any of these organizations will call for an immediate disconnection until the situation is solved. If you are found to have been scanning computers, you will lose your network connection for twelve (12) total months (the equivalent of one calendar year), and possible prosecution from our Campus Safety department.

Firewalls

A firewall is a software program or hardware device that tries to help protect your computer from being attacked from viruses, hackers, and other forms of unwanted entry. ResNet encourages students to protect their computers, but not to extend the school’s network in doing so. Therefore, it is okay for a student to use software-based firewalls in their room. Students are not allowed to use hardware devices (such as a firewall router) in their room. This extends the school’s network, and is not allowed (see ‘Extending the Network’).

Extending the Network

The Networking staff has worked long and hard to create a good, solid network. Extending this network changes its stability, and may cause unwanted problems to arise. Students are not allowed to extend the network in any way. Hubs, switches, wireless access points, firewall routers, anything that creates other connections to the network are prohibited. If any of these devices, or other similar to these, are found to be in use from your room or port, you will be given a written warning to have the device removed and you will also lose your network access in the room (meaning both ports) for one (1) month. A second violation will result in a loss of network access for four (4) months (the equivalent of one semester). A third violation will result in a loss of network access for twelve (12) months (the equivalent of one calendar year).

Static IP Address

An IP address is simply a code of numbers that is given to your computer to allow it to “talk” on the network. After you register your computer, an IP address will be given to your computer. When you assign an IP address manually, this is called a “Static IP”. If you assign an IP address to your own computer, this could potentially cause problems with another computer, or computers, on campus. If necessary, only gaming systems (such as XBOX, PS2, GameCube, etc.) will be allowed a static IP, and will be assigned by ResNet. If you are found to have a Static IP assigned to your computer, you will be given a written warning and time to have it removed. If you fail to meet those requirements, you will lose your network access for one (1) month. A second violation will result in a loss of network access for four (4) months (the equivalent of one semester). A third violation will result in a loss of network access for twelve (12) months (the equivalent of one calendar year).

Antivirus Software

Every UWS student computer running any version of the Windows Operating System (excluding Apple OS and Linux) must have the university’s Symantec Antivirus software installed on it. If you have any other antivirus software on your computer, please remove it before installing the university’s software. The university’s software can be downloaded from http://www2.uwsuper.edu/navclientinst/webinst, or an installation disc can be borrowed from the Computing and Media Center in McCaskill Hall, room 122.

Any Non-UWS student who wishes to have internet access must use the free antivirus software called AVG Antivirus Free. This software will be made available for you to use when you register your computer through our registration system.

When you register your computer, your computer will be checked for this, and to make sure that the virus definitions are up-to-date. If your computer does not have the provided university’s antivirus software, and/or your virus definitions are out-of-date, then you will be required to remove any existing antivirus software and install the provided university’s software. The registration page will guide you through this install. If the antivirus software is removed or disabled deliberately, then you will lose your network connection for four (4) months. A second violation will result in a loss of network access for twelve (12) months (the equivalent of one calendar year).

Computer Name

Your computer operating system has a name. That name needs to follow the campus naming standards. ResNet will change your computer name to match your student user name, and cannot be changed. Any computer name that is unrecognizable by our registration system, by ResNet personnel or computing personnel, can be removed from the network until the computer name matches the user name. If you change your computer’s name to one that does not match the naming standard, you will lose your network access until has been changed back to what it is supposed to be.

Hosting Web Sites

Hosting any type of website (personal, e-Business, illegal, etc.) on your own computer is not permitted. Students may create websites on a university server for academic projects through Computing and Media Services. Personalized web pages can also be hosted by off-campus sources such as Yahoo! or Lycos. Students are allowed to use the campus network to update their personal web pages with legal material, but students cannot use the campus network to transfer illegal web material to their personal websites. Any illegal material that has been transferred using the school’s network will result in your network connection being terminated indefinitely, and you will be prosecuted by the Campus Safety department.

Audio and Video Broadcasting

Students may obtain use of the university’s media streaming server for academic projects through Computing and Media Services. No student will be allowed to broadcast any streaming audio or streaming video from their personal computer using the campus network, unless it is in a classroom setting and used in classroom labs (you must have permission from your professor before you do this, and it must stay in the lab or classroom). If you are found to be streaming audio or video, you will be given a written warning to stop your streams, and you will also lose your network access in the room (meaning both ports) for one (1) month. A second violation will result in a loss of network access for four (4) months (the equivalent of one semester). A third violation will result in a loss of network access for twelve (12) months (the equivalent of one calendar year).

Threats and Harassment

Any threats or harassment that is sent from one student to another, regardless if it’s from their personal computer or a school’s computer, through the school’s network is grounds for immediate network disconnection, and prosecution from the Campus Safety office.

Copyright Laws

Any student to be found disobeying current copyright laws will lose their network connection and be prosecuted from the Campus Safety office, as well as any copyright holder. See ‘File Sharing’ for more information.

File Sharing

File sharing is something that a lot of people do. There are many negative things about file sharing that people are unaware of about. Even though the school does not block file sharing, it does discourage people from using it because of the harmful things that it can do. File sharing is the easiest way to get viruses, give access to people you don’t know to your computer, and open the door to your computer for hackers to easily walk through. Of course, most to all of the files being shared are illegal, or copy protected. We don’t “police” the network to see who is file sharing. However, we do not help students who use file sharing. We do receive information from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and a few other sources, who do track their copy protected material through many different networks. Sometimes, we are asked by companies to check with people that their computers do not share or use copy protected material. We do not hide violators when companies ask us about them, if a company finds that you are in violation of their software, then that company, or any affiliate of that company, may pursue action towards the violator. Computers that have, or have had, file sharing programs, no support will be offered to that computer, and the network connection to the room will be deactivated until the student has cleaned the virus, removed all file sharing programs, and ResNet has confirmed that the virus is gone. This goes for anything. If a computer is not working correctly, ResNet will not work on the computer if a file sharing program is/was known to exist on it. ResNet takes file sharing very seriously. It is up to the student whether or not he or she wants to use it. It is ResNet’s goal to educated students on the dangers of file sharing. If a student wishes to engage in file sharing, then ResNet expects them to accept responsibility for their actions.

If your computer is found to be sharing illegal content and the University is notified by a legal organization that represents that particular song/file/software, then your room will lose its internet connectioCalibrin until the particular file is removed from your computer, all file sharing programs are removed from your computer, and you meet with the ResNet Coordinator and learn about illegal file sharing. If there is a second offense, then your room will lose network access for one (1) month. On the third offence, your room will lose network access for four (4) months. When we refer to the room losing network access, we mean that. If you have a roommate and you are caught for file sharing, to prevent you from having access to the network, the entire room will lose network access, including both roommates.

Any of the above mentioned disciplines can be handled on a case-by-case situation. We realize that every scenario will require different disciplinary actions. It will be up to the policy enforcer to administer which discipline is best suited for these special cases. Disputing the enforced discipline can be done at the time of notification.

 


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