Computer Services

EAC Network Access Standards

Purpose

The purpose of this document is to establish standards for appropriate, reliable and safe access to the wired and wireless networks of Eastern Arizona College.

 

Scope

This standard applies to all Eastern Arizona College students, faculty, staff and approved guests who utilize college-owned, personally-owned, or publicly-accessible computers to access EAC’s computer systems and networks.

 

Standards

  1. Addition of any network equipment (wired or wireless) within College facilities will be managed at the sole discretion of Computer Services. Non-sanctioned installations of network equipment (switches, wireless access points, etc.), or use of unauthorized equipment within EAC’s campus, are strictly forbidden.

  2. Wireless networks should not be considered a replacement for a wired network. They should be seen solely as extensions to the existing wired network, and are to be used for general purpose access in areas of transient use, such as common areas or meeting rooms.

  3. It is imperative that any network connection used to conduct Eastern Arizona College business or research be utilized appropriately, responsibly, and ethically. Failure to do so will result in immediate suspension of that user’s account.

  4. Rules and Conditions.

    1. Only EAC faculty, staff, approved guests and currently enrolled students will be allowed access to the network. Currently enrolled students will be allowed wired connections via network enabled residence halls and/or wireless connections to campus wireless hotspots.

    2. Where supported, users will be required to use secure network access procedures. This will be enforced through username and passwords and MAC address authentication. Passwords should never be disclosed to anyone or shared.

    3. Users are expected to secure their personally-owned computers when they are using EAC’s network. Computers must have properly licensed antivirus software installed with up to date antivirus signature files. Latest operating system updates/patches must be installed.

    4. Wireless Network Interface Cards (NICs) or any other wireless device may not be configured to serve as an access point.

    5. We reserve the right to limit bandwidth on a per connection basis, as necessary, to ensure network reliability and fair sharing of network resources for all users.

    6. We reserve the right to monitor and log communications on a per connection basis to ensure proper usage of network resources.

    7. Mass emailing, or spamming, will not be tolerated. Such practices are an unnecessary use of bandwidth resources and are socially improper.

    8. Running servers or daemons on the network is prohibited. Such programs use an exorbitant amount of network bandwidth and resources.

    9. Any attempt to break into or gain unauthorized access to any computers or systems using the college’s network is prohibited. Any type of unauthorized access to computer systems is an unlawful practice and will be sanctioned by the appropriate college authority.

    10. Any type of Denial of Service attack (DoS attack) will not be tolerated. DoS attacks not only cause unnecessary usage of EAC network resources, but can also cause bandwidth and financial losses for other affected parties.

    11. Running any unauthorized data packet collection programs is prohibited. Such practices are a violation of privacy and constitute the theft of user data.

    12. EAC Computer Services reserves the right to turn off without notice any access port to the network that puts the organization’s systems, data and users at risk.

    13. By using EAC’s wired or wireless networks with personal equipment, users must understand that their machines are a de facto extension of Eastern Arizona College’s network, and as such must comply with Eastern Arizona College’s Network Policies (2260.00 - Network Resource Access and Computer Usage, 2260.01 - Network Resource Access Guidelines and 2260.02 - Directives Concerning Use of EAC Computer Equipment, Programs or Accounts, Including Access to Network Resources by Use of Such Equipment, Programs or Accounts).

  5. Students, faculty, and staff that use the college’s network are assumed to have accepted the above rules and conditions regarding network access.

  6. As the deployment and usage of EAC’s wired and wireless networks progresses, Computer Services reserves the right to change the usage policies and guidelines as necessary.