Network Use Agreement

I. OVERVIEW

The Residence Hall’s computer network is an extension of the academic environment at UWM. It is intended to be used for instructional and research purposes. University Housing is facilitating the connection of the residential rooms to the campus network and is not responsible for any service interruptions. The campus network availability may change without prior notice.

II. POLICY

1. Only UWM students, faculty and staff are authorized to use the computer network at UWM. You may not permit anyone else to use your computer or account.

2. Harassing other users, stealing passwords and corrupting files will not be tolerated. Residents using this computer network from Residence Hall rooms will be held to the same behavior expectations as stated in the University Housing Rules and Regulations.

3. All federal and state laws applicable to your computer usage will be enforced in University Housing. This includes (but is not limited to) violation of copyright laws (illegal software or media), hacking (obtaining or using unauthorized information), forged identity, and other types of malicious activity. Violation of this policy may result in loss of connection and contract action.

4. You are responsible for the security of your network as well as protecting your computer from malicious software. Residents can ensure security in ways that include (but are not limited to) using an up-to-date virus scanner, a firewall, patching the operating system, and using adware/spyware removal tools. Violation of this policy may result in loss off connection and contract action.

III. GUIDELINES

ResNET is intended to enhance your educational experience at UWM. Your network connection is a privilege, and improper use can result in the loss of connection. Your computer is your responsibility, and network use should comply with University Housing, UWM, local, state, and federal policies, regulations, and laws. ResNET is not an unlimited resource. It is in every resident’s best interest, especially during daylight hours, to limit large bandwidth activity. Transfer of large files during the day severely degrades network performance, and is best saved for evenings and weekends. Excessive use of the network bandwidth may result in loss of connection and contract action.

IV. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

1. You may not send or forward chain letters via Email. If you receive one from off campus delete it. If it was sent to you from someone at UWM, forward it to help@uwm.edu for administrative action.

2. You may not post messages to large numbers of news groups. You may not post chain letters or moneymaking schemes to any news group.

3. You may not run ROBOT programs for use with chat programs or muds.

4. You may not write, talk or send mail to anyone you do not know or have a legitimate reason to contact. Asking someone if they want to chat is not a legitimate reason to contact someone you don’t already know.

5. You may not attempt to break into any computers or use any other person’s computer or account without their permission.

6. You may not attempt to forge mail messages, news postings or otherwise represent yourself as someone else.

7. You may not attempt to circumvent policies or network restrictions by reconfiguring your computer to unauthorized settings.

8. You are provided with a single network connection. You may not extend this connection in any way that impacts other user’s network access.

9. You may not set up a server of any kind using a port in the Residence Halls.

V. AUTOMATIC SANCTIONS TO RESNET AGREEMENT VIOLATIONS

a. Violation of copyright laws will result in loss of connection for 30 days. A second violation will result in loss of connection for 60 days. A third violation will result in loss of connection for 6 months.

b. Students are responsible for the security of their computer as well as protecting it from viruses and Trojans. Violation of this policy may result in loss of connection until computer is secured.

c. Circumvention of the ResNET registration system or improperly extending the network connection provided will result in loss of connection for 30 days. A second violation will result in loss of connection for 60 days. A third violation will result in loss of connection for 6 months.

VI. SPECIAL NOTICE

University Housing manages the network using technologies that include active monitoring and port scanning. All university records, including electronic files and e-mail may be subject to disclosure under the Wisconsin Public Records Law.