Student Internet Access Policy

revised April 2013

Students who desire to connect their own personal computer to their dorm room port or the campus wireless network (for Internet, College I-net and E-mail service) must install Trend Antivirus and the CleanAccess client that are provided by the College. Students are allowed one (1) trend antivirus license. In addition, students must apply the latest Service packs and critical updates provided by their OS manufacturer prior to connecting to the College network.

Students needing assistance installing Trend or the CleanAccess client should come to the Computer Center, where staff will assist with the install but will not perform any other maintenance or service on student computers.

Students are not allowed to send (blanket or mass e-mails) to all students, faculty, or staff by selecting large groups of e-mail addresses from the address book.

If you have an announcement that you feel should go to these groups, please contact webmaster@cofo.edu.

The student's personal computer must have the following minimum specifications in order to successfully operate on the College network:

Operating System

  • Windows 8 Family, 1GHz
  • Windows 7 Family, Service Pack 1 or higher
  • Windows Vista Family, Service Pack 1 or higher – Intel Pentium 800 MHz (1GHz recommended)
  • Windows XP Family (32 bit or higher), Service Pack 3 or higher, Pentium 350 MHz 
  • MAC OS X

Memory

  • 512MB minimum for Windows XP Family
  • 1GB minimum for Windows 8 Family, Windows 7 Family and Windows Vista Family
  • 1GB minimum for MAX OS X

Disk Space

  • 500MB available for installation

Network Card

(Either a wired or wireless card, both are not required)

  • 10/100 Network Interface card (Ethernet)
  • 802.11 B/G/N Wireless Network Card

CD Rom or USB

 

 

NOTE: NO MAINTENANCE, SERVICE OR OPERATIONS OF ANY KIND WILL BE PERFORMED BY COMPUTER CENTER STAFF ON ANY STUDENT'S PERSONAL COMPUTER. IN ADDITION, THE COLLEGE ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATEVER FOR DAMAGE TO STUDENT COMPUTERS BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER USE IN CONNECTION WITH THE COLLEGE INTERNET SYSTEM.

Monitoring and filtering for web content will be in place. Bandwidth restrictions will also be in place. All media and audio connections (such as Windows Media Player/RealPlayer) will have restricted bandwidth, to prevent the monopolization of campus network bandwidth.

FILE SHARING

“Peer to peer” applications that allow users to participate in a file sharing “community” and allow users to search the network for files that may interest them, and to bring those files to their own computers will be disallowed and the applications should not be installed on the computer. The traffic such sharing generates places the College, and the student at risk and violates this policy. Downloading from a file sharing “community” puts users at risk personally if they are found to possess copyrighted materials they have not obtained legally. Examples of file sharing applications include but are not limited to Kazaa, Limewire, Morpheus, Napster, Gnutella, Audio Galaxy, Aimster, and WinMX.

Organizations such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and others monitor file sharing on the Internet and notify the College when a computer on its network is illegally sharing copyrighted files.  The College will not protect individuals who distribute copyrighted material without an appropriate license. Federal law requires that the College take action when notified that someone on its network is distributing copyrighted materials.

The Computer Center will monitor for this activity.  Any student engaging in illegal file sharing is subject to disciplinary action.

DEVICES

The student's computer, phone, Xbox, Wii, or PS gaming systems are the only devices that may be attached to the campus network.  Devices other than a student’s computer must be registered with the Computer Center prior to connecting to the College network.  Such devices will be limited to traffic specific to the device type.  Any attempt to circumvent these policies by manipulating this system will result in disciplinary action.

Any other devices, such as wireless access points, wireless routers or systems that do not meet the minimum specifications listed above are not approved and should not be connected to the campus network.  The use of a network connection provided by the College (wired or wireless) for server applications such as web servers and chat servers that impact the operation or performance of the network will result in disabling of the network port.

USAGE

At peak usage times, bandwidth will be prioritized with gaming at the lowest priority.  During this time of peak usage, games which make use of an internet connection and gaming systems may not work.

ABUSE

Any abuse of Internet privileges may result in disciplinary action.


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