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Residential Network Responsible Usage Policy

The University of Texas at Arlington  provides in-room network connections in all on-campus residence halls. Residents can use the network connections to connect their personal computer to the Internet.  It is each network user's responsibility to use these services in a responsible and ethical manner. All members of the UT Arlington community are expected to use the computing and networking resources in accordance with UT Arlington policy.

While UT Arlington does provide in-room network connections, it does not guarantee that your equipment will be compatible.  Network users are responsible for all necessary hardware/software to connect with the in-room network jack/outlet.

The network hardware and wiring in dorm rooms are not to be damaged or altered in any way, such as extending the network with switches or hubs, removing faceplates, or  tampering with existing wiring. extending the campus network in any fashion such as using a router, wireless access point, switch, or Ethernet hub is not allowed.  Any device configured as a router or set up for home networking that assigns IP addresses will cause problems for other users on the network and will be immediately disconnected.  Equipment that acts as a DHCP server is strictly forbidden.

Each network user is expected to use the networking resources in accordance with copyright laws.  This includes (but is not limited to) using copyrighted or protected software, files, or materials with proper authorization.

Each network user is expected to use the computing resources responsibly and efficiently.  Network users are not to deliberately waste computing and networking resources or prevent others from accessing the network by sending chain letters, mass mailings, playing network games, printing unnecessary files, assigning static IP addresses rather than using those distributed by the DHCP server, etc.

Each network user is expected to respect the privacy of other network users. Network users are not to copy and/or modify others files and passwords.  Nor are network users to try to gain access to another computer system without proper authorization.  Network users are not to harass others with unwanted mailings or messages.

Network users are expected to use the computing and networking resources for academic purposes.  Your network access should never be used to conduct a business or political campaign. In addition, servers can only be established to further academic activities.

Network users are expected to avoid sending anonymous mail and/or messages, as well as sending mail and/or messages under another person's name.

It is each network user's responsibility to protect his/her computer access.  Each network user is to expected to protect his/her computer account with a password.  Network users are not to share their access codes with others.  Each network user is responsible for his/her own computer account/network access and will be held accountable for any infractions.

Network users should take steps to protect their personal equipment through the use of surge protectors.  UT Arlington will not be responsible for power surges and any damage resulting from  a power surge.

UT Arlington is not responsible for the content or accuracy of information accessed via the Internet.  Each network user should verify the veracity of materials received via the Internet.  UT Arlington is not responsible for damage resulting from hostile programs and/or files  received via the Internet.

Network users are expected to exercise good judgment when deciding whether to open/download materials.>

It is each network user's responsibility to use the computing and networking resources in accordance with UT Arlington policy and applicable state and federal laws. Violations of these policies and laws could result in university disciplinary actions and/or criminal prosecution.