Housing - ResNET Services
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ResNET Acceptable Use Policy

The Residential Network (ResNET) program provides access to the campus computing facilities, including electronic mail and the Internet, a world-wide collection of independent computer networks. All uses of ResNET must conform to the UW-Whitewater Network Usage Policy. Upon connecting your computer to UW Whitewater's network, there are additional policies that you must adhere to. Violation of any of the following policies may result in your immediate disconnection from the service.

Legal Issues and Commercial Use:

  • Do not use the system to place unlawful information on the Internet, or to commit a crime.
  • Using any node on the network to break into another system is illegal and prohibited, regardless of whether the target system is on or off campus.
  • No commercial use is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, offering advertising on a web page and providing accounts on your machine to others.
  • It is unlawful to copy University owned or licensed software.
  • You may not provide accounts, disk storage, or web pages to others, even if they are a university student, regardless of whether you charge a fee or not.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service to any student who does not have a valid software license for all software installed on their PC.
  • You may not use ResNET for purposes other than those intended by the University; especially using it for personal financial gain or allowing access to unauthorized persons.
  • You may not use ResNET for the unlawful sharing or distribution of copyrighted materials including, but not limited to: music, video, documents, and software files. Violators are subject to prosecution under copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Network Usage:

  • Activities that inhibit the ability of others to connect to or use the network are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to: unauthorized file-sharing, server or network setup, initiating Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, initiating viruses, port scanning, and levels of traffic that affect the integrity of the network.

Workstation Configuration and Network Administration:

  • You may not set up a server on the network. This includes, but is not limited to: Netware, Linux/Unix, Mac, game, or Microsoft servers.
  • You may not choose/hard-code your own IP address. Use of a hard-coded or non-approved IP address is prohibited. IP addresses are subject to change without notice.
  • No protocol servers, routers, or other related services or devices are permitted. This includes, but is not limited to: DNS servers, DHCP servers, WINS servers, Macintosh seed router services.
  • Proxy servers of any type are prohibited.
  • SMTP forwarding is prohibited.
  • FTP servers are not permitted.
  • No network administration tools are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Network monitors
    • Sniffers
    • Protocol analyzers
    • Protocol decoders
    • Printer administration tools
    • Port scanners of any type
    • SNMP tools

ResNET service may be used on gaming consoles, but support for them is strictly limited to network connectivity issues.
Supported consoles include, but are not limited to:

  • PS3
  • PS4
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360

Please see our Game Systems page to help get you started.

Network Hardware:

  • Do not tamper with University computing equipment, including the in-room jacks and wireless access points.
  • No wiring may be split, re-wired, or otherwise re-configured or changed in any way.
  • One device may be connected to a data jack at any time.  This is a limit imposed by campus policy and the enterprise network security in place.

Electronic Harassment Policy:

  • Harassment through electronic means is still harassment. Anyone using the network to harass others (as defined in university policy) will be subject to termination of connection as well as any other sanction deemed necessary by the University and University Housing.

Disconnection: The following activities causing integrity and function issues to the network are grounds for immediate disconnection at the discretion of ResNET. Users will be notified as soon as possible if disconnection occurs. All efforts will be made to assist users in resolving the issue. Users knowingly violating policy will face disciplinary actions by University Housing and/or the University.

  • Viruses or Other Malware
  • Spam activity
  • Complaints from outside sources relating to copyright, privacy, or other legal violations
  • File-sharing of copyrighted materials (music, movies, software, etc..)
  • Excessive non-academic Internet or network traffic

Any abuse directed at ResNET staff (via electronic, voice, voicemail, or printed media) will result in disciplinary actions as described in the University Housing Living Guide.

Use of, or connection to ResNET, constitutes acceptance of these policies. Any violations of these policies can result in disciplinary actions as described in the University Housing Living Guide, as well as the immediate loss of network access, including Internet and file server privileges.

University Housing is not responsible for any service interruptions. The campus network availability may change without prior notice.

We reserve the right to disconnect users without warning to protect the integrity and function of the network.