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Residential Network Acceptable Use Policy

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Division of Technology Services (DoTS) provides a wireless residential network (herein ResNet) to its residence halls for educational, instructional, and entertainment purposes. It is the responsibility of each student and their guests to use these services appropriately and in compliance with all university, city, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. DoTS reserves the right to restrict access, availability of access, and enforce the terms of this agreement. If a user has questions of this agreement, they should be directed or call 715-425-3687 (DoTS) before accepting this agreement and connecting to the network. The use of ResNet (whether the "guest" wireless or "campus" wireless) implies that you have accepted the terms of this agreement and will abide by these terms.

Why this policy?

This policy is supplemental and not meant to replace the terms of AP-05-106 Acceptable Use Policy. The ResNet policy is meant to provide context around the AP-05-106 as it is applied to the residence halls networks due to their unique nature.

DoTS wishes to provide a safe virtual environment for the users of the network. We can only make it safe by establishing some rules of the road that all abide by to make it safer. If everyone abides by the rules, we should have no incidents where people are hurt either emotionally, physically or legally.

Details of how the university’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to ResNet

Use of connected networks, including ResNet, UWSysNet, Incommon, eduroam, Internet, and Internet2 must be consistent with the rules and acceptable use policies established for those networks by their providers. ResNet may not be used to provide Internet to anyone outside of the university community for any purpose. The providing of DHCP, BOOTP, DNS, WINS or any other infrastructure network services from user computers is prohibited. Any user who attempts to circumvent or defeat firewalls or any other mechanism put in place by the university to manage the network may be subject to immediate termination of service and possible disciplinary action.

ResNet network services and wiring may not be modified or extended by users for any purpose. This applies to all network wiring, hardware, and data jacks. Tampering with wireless access points and their wiring inside the residence hall rooms or common areas is strictly forbidden. Anyone disconnecting an access point in their room will receive one warning before being referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for judicial action. Wireless services are a common resource and tampering with an access point in your room degrades the valuable resource for students around you impacting the ability to learn.

Actual costs, including labor, to repair physical damage to the hardware in the room or apartment (including wiring, data jack, conduit or box, wireless access points and/or mounting hardware) will be assessed to the resident. Actual costs may be up to $1,000 per incident and may be applied directly to your university financial statement.

Users shall abide by all applicable copyright laws and licenses. The university network may only be used for legal purposes and to access only those systems, software and data which the user is authorized to use. Sharing access to copyrighted software or other copyrighted materials (including MP3 files from copyrighted music media and digitized video from copyrighted motion pictures, etc.) is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the copyright holder.

Devices that "magically work together" on the network are inherently insecure and residents should take caution in using televisions, tablets and other without further securing their devices. Default passwords and usernames should be immediately changed on any device that connects to the network. All network-shared devices, drives and directories should be password protected to limit access to those who the user authorizes. If your devices can "magically" talk with each other, so can other people’s devices and you need to make sure to update passwords or their equivalent on them to prevent that from happening.

Any unauthorized attempt to access another device, to disable or to interfere with operations on a device, computer or network whether on or off of campus is prohibited. Any reports received by the university administration of unauthorized attempts to access other devices may result in the immediate disconnection of the suspected network privileges until the matter has been resolved. Some examples of unauthorized attempts to access are password cracking programs, port scanning any device that is not owned by the person doing the scanning, and gaining access or attempting to gain access to another device without the owners' permission.

Use of ResNet implies user's consent for DoTS administration or its agents to monitor activities/traffic via the user's data connection for the purpose of determining compliance with this agreement.

Commercial or for-profit use of ResNet or any of the University of Wisconsin networks is prohibited both by this agreement and the university's housing contract with its residents.

Each machine is given a host address/ip address to use on the network. This address is dynamic and should not be hard coded into any devices. The use of DHCP is required by all users regardless of operating system. This allows for quick dynamic changes of the network with minimal loss of service to the users. The guarantee of a static IP address is not a feature provided on ResNet.

ResNet is a shared resource. Consequently, network uses or applications that use excessive bandwidth or otherwise inhibit or interfere with the use of the network by others are not permitted. 

Since ResNet is a shared resource and WIFI is by design a dynamically flexible protocol, a guaranteed service of a specific bandwidth or network latency is not possible.

DoTS reserves the right to immediately disconnect any computer that is sending (or receiving) disruptive signals to the network as a whole, whether because of a defective network interface, other hardware or software problem, or recipient of network attack. It will be the user's responsibility to correct any such problem before the computer can be reconnected to ResNet.

UWRF DoTS reserves the right to immediately disconnect any device temporarily for the purpose of network hardware, software, or security troubleshooting or to enforce the university’s AP-05-106 Acceptable Use Policy.

If you have a reason to believe that another user or group of users is interfering with your access to the network, you may report the problem to and expect that DoTS and university network administrators will investigate and, if necessary, take corrective action through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

It is up to the user to make their computer and data safe from other users on the network and the internet, and the user will not hold the University of Wisconsin, UW-River Falls or UWRF DoTS liable for malicious acts by other network users. The user must understand that they are connecting to a global network with many different types of people and activities that can be malicious.


Minor infractions of this policy, when accidental, such as consuming excessive resources or overloading computer systems, are generally resolved informally by university administration. This may be done through voice or e-mail, or in-person discussion and education.

Repeated minor infractions or misconduct which is more serious may result in the temporary or permanent loss of ResNet and other campus network access privileges, or the modification of those privileges. More serious violations include, but are not limited to, unauthorized use of computer resources, attempts to steal passwords or data, unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted materials, repeated harassment or threatening behavior. In addition, offenders may be referred to their sponsoring advisor, department, or other appropriate university office for further action. If the user is a student, the matter may be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for disciplinary action.

Any action that violates local, state, or federal laws may result in the immediate loss of university network and computing privileges and will be referred to the appropriate university offices and/or law enforcement authorities.

In the case of disconnection because of suspected use violations, the user can expect that the university administration will make every effort for a speedy resolution and resumption of service if appropriate.

From time to time the University may receive copyright violation notices via the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) process through UW-System Legal, the University has to respond to in a manner congruent with the requirements of it under the federal Higher Education Act of 2008.  The University must meet those requirements by serving students these notices and enforcing multiple incident offenders with progressive discipline and remediation training.  In the end multiple incident offers may loose their network privileges all together.


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