Network Access Policy

Title: Network Access Policy, Information Technology
Policy Owner: Information Technology Services / Chief Information Security Officer 
Applies to: All students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and contractors  
Campus Applicability: All campuses except UConn Health 
Effective Date: August 30, 2021
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The University invests significantly in maintaining a secure network that meets the academic, research, residential, and administrative needs of the institution. To ensure compliance with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, and to protect the campus network and the ability of the University community to use it, certain security, performance, and reliability requirements must govern the operation of these networks. 


This policy applies to all University faculty, staff, students, student employees, volunteers, and contractors who have access to university networks. 


University Network: The university network is comprised of the network hardware and infrastructure and the services to support them, from the data jack or wireless access point to the University’s Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) connection. The university network begins at the connection to the network (wired or wireless) and ends where we connect to the Internet. 

Wired Network:  The wired network consists of the physical cabling, infrastructure, and management systems that provide physical network access via an ethernet or fiber optic cable. 

Wireless Network:  The wireless network consists of the access points (connected to the wired network), wireless spectrum, and management systems that provide services via the UConn provided wireless networks, including UConn Secure, Guest, EDUROAM, and other specialty networks. 


The University network (wired & wireless) is an essential resource for the University of Connecticut students, faculty, staff, and guests. The University network provides a variety of critical services that meet the academic, administrative, research and residential needs of the University. Due to the complex nature of the University’s network, Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for the overall design, installation, coordination and operation of the University’s network environment. 

Wired Networks 

  • The wiring and electronic components of the network are deemed part of the basic infrastructure and utility services of the University. Installation and maintenance of that network are to be considered part of the “up front” basic required building and renovation costs and are not considered discretionary options in construction and renovation design. 
  • Standards for the network wiring, electrical components, and their enclosures are defined by Information Technology Services (ITS), subject to Building and Grounds (B&G) oversight and are considered part of the University’s “building code” to which installations must conform. 
  • Upgrades to our campus network will be done as part of a university-wide Network Master Plan.  This Network Master Plan will be coordinated with the University’s Building Master. 
  • Units that would like to use their own funding to install wired/wireless technology or change the programmatic function or use of a room to newly include a wired/wireless activity must work directly with ITS Network Engineering for design services and standards requirements. ITS Network Engineering will thereby ensure that all changes to the wired network conform to applicable standards. 
  • Units choosing to install and establish their own security using local firewalls and/or VPNs must give ITS Network Engineering and Information Security access to/through these devices into the active network segments. This will give Network Engineering the ability to see beyond the secure points of the network for diagnosing problems potentially affecting the overall network. 
  • Units wishing to design, install and maintain their own network must have their designs reviewed by ITS Network Engineering. All installations must conform to the standards set forth in the ITS Design Guide and Standards. Before equipment is purchased, the requesting entity must submit technical specifications of the equipment to be used in the project, along with the logical and physical design maps, for ITS approval to ensure network compatibility and service conformance. ITS Network Engineering will provide the department with an approval letter, which can be submitted to Purchasing with the purchase request. 

    Wireless Networks 

    • The addition of new wireless access points on the University network must be coordinated and approved by ITS.  Wireless performance is impacted by the architectural features, building materials, and furnishings of a contemporary workspace.  Construction and renovation projects must be coordinated with ITS and include funding for additions or adjustments required to optimize performance and serviceability of impacted wireless access points and systems. 
    • On an exception basis, departments and individual faculty may install and manage wireless access points for specific programmatic needs. These locally administered wireless access points must be registered and coordinated with ITS prior to deployment to prevent radio frequency (RF) interference on either wireless network.  At least one individual in the requesting department must be designated as the official contact for the access point.  The official contact is responsible for the data and network traffic that traverses through the access point and appropriate access control and security configurationas well as the regular maintenance, software updates, and replacement. 
    • Any devices either not part of or that cause significant RF interference with the University wireless network will be considered a “rogue” access point or device.  ITS will pursue all reasonable efforts to contact the owner of the rogue device, and if necessarymay disable or disconnect them from the University network. This includes devices and equipment that operate in the frequency ranges occupied by the University Wi-Fi network. 


    Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the Student Code.  

    Questions about this policy or suspected violations may be reported to any of the following: 

    Office of University Compliance – (860-486-2530) 

    Information Technology Services Tech Support – (860-486-4357) 

    Information Technology Services CIO –  



    Policy created:  This policy replaces the Wireless Network Policy (05/15/2006) and Physical Network Access Policy (11/18/2008). Approved by President’s Senior Team 8/30/2021.