Wireless Access Policy

Title: Wireless Access Policy
Policy Owner: University Information Technology Services
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students
Campus Applicability:  Storrs and Regionals
Effective Date:  May 15, 2006
For More Information, Contact University Information Technology Services
Contact Information: (860) 486-4357
Official Website: http://uits.uconn.edu/

 

Background and Reason for the Policy:

Wireless network technologies increasingly play an important role at the University of Connecticut. Many University units, groups and individuals have already begun to leverage wireless networking technologies. University Information Technology Services (UITS) has been given the primary responsibility for the design, installation and operation of the University’s network environment. UITS has created a publicly accessible wireless network for community use in select areas around the campus and is in the process of developing a secured network. As UITS moves forward in this effort, it can no longer be acceptable practice to allow units, groups and individuals to install or operate wireless devices on the campus network without a clear and agreed upon policy outlining the roles and responsibilities of all parties.

Purpose of Policy: The purpose of this policy is to establish the intent, direction and expectations with respect to the deployment (including installation, operation and maintenance) of wireless technology at the University of Connecticut.

Expected Institutional Outcome: It is expected that this policy will result in a coordinated, centralized and secure delivery of wireless networking services that will provide a quality user experience across the University without restricting or constraining the growth of the University’s network.

Applicability of Policy: This policy applies to all users of the University’s technological resources.

Definitions:

Wireless Network: The network technology that uses radio frequency spectrum to connect computing devices to a wired port on the University’s network.

Access Point: A network device that serves as a common connection point for devices in a wireless network. Access points use RF instead of wired ports for access by multiple users of the wireless network. Access points are shared bandwidth devices connected to the UConn wired network.

Wireless Infrastructure: The wireless access points, antennas, cabling, power, and network hardware associated with the deployment of a wireless communications network.

RF Interference: The degradation of wireless communication signal created from another source. Interference can slow down or eliminate a wireless transmission depending on the strength of the interfering signal.

Channel: The chosen frequency for communication between the end point and  the access point.

Service Set Identifier (SSID): An alphanumeric string that identifies a wireless network. All devices on a specific wireless network must know the SSID of that network.

Policy Statement:

  1. UITS shall act as overall coordinators and controllers of the centralized University wireless network.
  2. Departments wishing to install wireless access in locations not scheduled to be completed by UITS must coordinate the installation with UITS by calling the UITS Help Center and selecting option 2.  The current installation schedule is located at http://wireless.uconn.edu.  UITS will work with the department to perform a site survey to ensure that an adequate amount of equipment is purchased.  Any equipment purchased must conform to current UITS equipment standards and will be managed by UITS.
  3. On an exception basis departments or individual faculty or staff may install and manage their own wireless access points in academic and administrative buildings provided:
    1. The installation complies with the Wireless Security Standards Worksheet
    2. The wireless access point location is registered through the NetReg process
    3. A dedicated technical contact who is responsible for all maintenance, management and repairs for support is provided
  4. Students, in their own rooms in residence halls, may install and manage their own wireless access points provided:
    1. The installation complies with the Wireless Security Standards Worksheet
    2. The wireless access point location is registered through the NetReg process
  5. The access point owner, as identified through the registration process, is responsible for all network traffic traversing the access point.
  6. Any device either not part of the central University wireless network or not in accordance with statement 3 or 4 will be considered a “rogue” access point and will be disconnected from the University network as governed by the Physical Network Access Policy.
  7. Physical security should be considered the joint responsibility of all parties when planning the location of wireless access points or other wireless network components.
  8. In cases where a department’s/individual’s access point interferes with the central University wireless network the department’s/individual’s access point will be relocated or removed.
  9. Disputes between departments or individuals regarding interference among exception based wireless networks (as defined in item 3 and 4) will be resolved between the parties that manage these networks.  UITS will only become involved if these networks interfere with the central University wired or wireless network.

Responsibilities:

UITS is authorized to take whatever reasonable steps are necessary to ensure compliance with the Wireless Access Policy, the Physical Network Access Policy, the Security Policy, and any other network related policies that are designed to protect the integrity and security of the University network. This includes the authority to disconnect any wired / wireless network from the University network backbone whose traffic patterns seem unusually suspicious or violates practices set forth in this and other policies or otherwise poses a security threat.

The Chief Information Officer for Information Services has overall responsibility for this policy.

The Chief Information Officer for Information Services will review this policy on a bi-annual basis and respond to formal complaints resulting from the implementation of this policy.
Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and Bylaws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Conduct Code.