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SSU Wireless/Residential Network Guidelines


The SSU Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless) Network Guidelines are Conditions for Use to support the Network and Computer Use Policy 5.30 on accessing and using resources on the SSU network. The rules outlined in this document provide more specific Conditions for acceptable use required of a Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless) Network Participant. Since the SSU Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless) Network is an “always on connection” similar to commercial broadband, the University has a responsibility to both the Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless) Network users, and the greater internet community to protect them from each other. These rules are meant to help educate, inform, and help provide an environment free of computer viruses and security attacks. They are meant to help foster a friendly, safe and clean network environment for Wireless/Residential Network users. They are not optional and apply to all individuals connecting to the Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless) Network.

From this point forward the term “Wireless/Residential (Wired & Wireless)Network” will be referred to as “Network” and will be considered any wireless or wired network that is managed by UIS that is intended for student/staff use with personally owned computers and other approved devices.

Specific Rules

In addition to the Acceptable Use Policy, individuals must comply with the following rules:

  1. UIS provides protection to all UIS managed networks but users are ultimately responsible for securing their own computer systems. Therefore computers connected to the Network must meet the conditions outlined below:

    Anti-virus/Anti-malware Software
    1. Software must be installed and running.
    2. Software definition files must be current.
    3. Live Update feature must be enabled for Anti-virus/Anti-malware definition files.

    Operating System Updates
    1. Operating System updates will be posted when required. Any required updates must be applied.

    Network Access Control technology will be utilized to ensure that all of the conditions are met on each individual’s system. If conditions are not met, the student will have be prompted on the steps needed to be followed.
  2. The Network will be scanned to check for malicious activity. If issues are detected on a system, the owner of that computer will be notified of the action taken to resolve the problem and will be advised of the steps that must be taken to be reconnected to the Network.

    In order to reactivate a port after a virus or other malicious software has been removed, an appointment with a UIS Technician may need to be made for a Technician to verify the hard drive has been cleaned.
  3. Servers of any kind will not be allowed on the network.

    Servers open security holes on the network. These holes allow attackers to gain access to your computer or the network. They also may serve files you are not aware of. Specific examples of servers are: Web servers (apache, Windows Personal Web Server, etc), FTP servers (Serv-U, WS-FTPD, etc), File sharing servers, Gaming servers and many more.
  4. Static IP’s will not be allowed on any system.

    There is no reason to have a static IP on the Network. The Network system monitors IP addresses and assigns them as needed.
  5. Network port scans will not be allowed.

    Port scans may be performed by UIS to maintain the network. However, no individual is to perform a port scan of any host inside or outside of the Network. This will be considered a network attack.
  6. Network attacks of any kind will not be tolerated.

    Network attacks are serious concerns to UIS and should be to the individual involved as well. They can result in expulsion from the University and even Federal charges.
  7. There will be no dissemination of libelous, slanderous, racial, or offensive material.
  8. Software and hardware devices that are currently prohibited by Shawnee State University and UIS will not be permitted on the Network.

    Devices such as wireless network products (e.g. Apple Airport), thin-clients, hubs, switches, routers, print servers, and network appliances.
  9. The Network services and physical wiring may not be modified or extended for any reason. This applies to all network wiring, hardware, access points and in-room jacks.
  10. Shawnee State University restricts illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing on our campus network. P2P technologies may be used for legitimate purposes such as instructional gaming, open source downloads, and licensed distribution of media files; however, the use of P2P software to violate copyright law carries a number of possible sanctions, including loss of Internet access, internal disciplinary actions, and even civil or criminal charges. Shawnee State University takes our obligation under The Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), as well as all other State and Federal legislations that address P2P file sharing, very seriously and will make all efforts to comply with authorities if users of the Shawnee State University Network are suspected of violations.


Violation of the Network rules may result in disconnection from the Network (temporarily or permanently) and/or referral to the Vice-President of Student Affairs for disciplinary action. A UIS referral could result in a formal reprimand, probation, suspension or dismissal from the University. Depending on the nature of the violation you could also be prosecuted under local, state or federal laws.

If events beyond the scope of these rules should arise, with Executive authorization, UIS will take the necessary actions to resolve the issue. If you have any questions about these rules and would like clarification, please contact the Help Desk.

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UIS Help Desk
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Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Phone: (740) 351-3538

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