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Residential Network Acceptable Use Policy

MacMurray College provides computing resources and worldwide network access to members of the College's electronic community for legitimate academic and administrative pursuits to communicate, access knowledge, and retrieve and disseminate information. All members of the campus community (faculty, staff, students, and authorized guests) sharing these resources also share the rights and responsibilities for their use.

  1. Students are free to bring any type of device to campus. The Office of Information Technology cannot support any of these personally-owned devices except where an issue lies in an IT-operated service (e.g., network connectivity).
  2. Users are responsible for all traffic originating from their computer.
  3. Users are responsible for the security of their systems.
  4. Computers that are suspected to have been hacked or otherwise compromised should be taken off the network as soon as possible.
  5. Computers on the residential network are required to have anti-virus and spyware protection that is kept updated as well as the latest updates for their operating system.
  6. Under no circumstances may computers be configured with a static IP address.
  7. Hacking, port scanning, and any other attempts to gain unauthorized access to another computer on the residential network is forbidden.
  8. Packet sniffing or other deliberate attempts to read network information not intended for your use is forbidden. Running a packet sniffer configured to read your personal network information only is allowed.
  9. MacMurray College reserves the right to regulate the flow of traffic on the residential network to ensure that all users receive a fair and equitable use of bandwidth.
  10. Computers running any type of server that uses excessive bandwidth will either be disconnected from the network or have their bandwidth limited.
  11. No computer connected to the campus network will be assigned a domain name.
  12. Users are not permitted to use their network connection or computing privileges for commercial purposes.
  13. Routers, wireless access points, or any other devices that act as a DHCP server to generate IP addresses or allow multiple computers to access one connection are not allowed on the network. Any devices of this type discovered on our network are quarantined upon discovery, and the network port to which it is connected is disabled so that network traffic is not interrupted. Anyone discovered to be using these devices will be issued a warning for the first offense. A fine of $50 will be issued upon any recurring offenses.
  14. Systems found to be intentionally running programs that disrupt network activity or attack specific computers on the network are in violation of this policy.

Violations of this policy are treated in the same way as other disciplinary infractions. Actions can result in disciplinary probation, expulsion, or, in extreme cases, legal action. MacMurray College disciplinary actions may be taken in addition to or regardless of the results of legal action. Users are obliged to notify faculty or Office of Information Technology staff of any instance of unethical use or residential network resources that comes to their attention. Failure to do so is an admission of shared responsibility for such actions and their results.

This policy is subject to change at any time. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page.

This policy was last modified on September 14, 2017.