Acceptable Use

Acceptable Internet Usage

General Guidelines and Information about ResNet

The purpose of the Residence Hall Network (ResNet) is to enrich the living-learning environment by allowing students to access, utilize, manipulate and produce data and information in the pursuit of learning and academic excellence. ResNet services are a joint effort by the Student Housing Department and the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department at UW-Platteville.

Guidelines and policies have been put into place to promote proper use of the network, where "proper use" is defined as use that does not negatively affect other users on the network, the network itself and is not breaking the law.

By connecting to ResNet, all users will be responsible for reading and abiding by the ResNet Acceptable Use Policy, as well as the UW-Platteville Acceptable Use PolicyUW-System Policy and all other campus, state and federal policies related to computing.


  1. Any resident wishing to connect their computer to ResNet will be required to register their computer with ResNet. All computers attached to the campus network must meet the minimum requirements based upon the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department standards.

  2. If any of your computer information changes, or you purchase a new computer you are required to update your registration information with ResNet. If you change your network adapter, you must notify ResNet with your new ethernet card address. Any machine or connection not properly registered may be disconnected without notice.

  3. You are responsible for all network traffic generated by your computer. You will be held accountable for violations in the applicable policies regardless of whether you 1) generated the traffic, 2) are aware of the traffic or 3) are aware of the policy violation. If you have questions about whether or not a situation may violate policy, you are responsible for contacting the ResNet Support office to seek advice. The support staff will gladly answer your questions and help explore possible solutions that do not violate policy.

Network Use

  1. All machines must be configured with an IP address via the dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP). Students are not allowed to configure their computers with static IP addresses or address not allocated by UWP's DHCP server.

  2. Users may not register domain/computer names that use the UWP IP addresses. Users found in violation of this policy may be disconnected without notice.

  3. Each ResNet connection is provided for use with a single computer by the registered user. No router, hub, or other connection-sharing device or software is permitted on any ResNet connections.

  4. The use of ResNet connections shall be for personal, academic purposes.

  • Computers attached to ResNet my not be used to serve or publish content of any kind. Services which are prohibited include, but are not limited to: CGI, FTP, HTTP (Web), IRC, Listserv, Gnutella, NNTP (news), SMTP (e-mail), Telnet, bulletin board, and chat room servers.

  • Use of ResNet connections for commercial purposes, either for-profit or not-for-profit, is strictly prohibited. Example: Users cannot use their ResNet connection or any other University network resources to earn money with programs such as AllAdvantage, GetPaid4, SurfMiles, DesktopDollars, ClickNet, etc. There are numerous programs which pay users to surf the net or download banners. The rule of thumb is that if you are connected to the Internet using University resources, you are prohibited from using this type of program.

  • All e-mail sent on the network must accurately identify the sender. Sending anonymous email or bulk, unsolicited email (SPAM) is strictly prohibited.

  • Users of ResNet shall not use their connection to harass, abuse, or threaten other users either on campus or across the Internet. Violators may be subject to disciplinary action and may be reported to appropriate law enforcement officials.

  • Users of ResNet shall not run programs that intentionally disrupt network activity, attack specific machines on ResNet or the Internet, or capture private data of other users. Examples of this type of activity that are prohibited include, but are not limited to: running port scanning software, packet sniffers, mail bombing, ping flooding. This also includes programs that attack (including Denial of Service attacks) machines on or outside the campus network will be disconnected immediately. Depending on the situation, disciplinary actions may be taken by the University.

Computing Policies from University System Disciplinary Code

Please refer to your Student Handbook regarding policies that relate to computing. The following policy items are from the UWS Disciplinary Code:

Chapter UWS 17.01 Policy Statement

"...Any person who violates state or federal laws on university property may face prosecution in the appropriate courts. In addition, student, faculty or staff who violate university standards are subject to university disciplinary action..."

Chapter UWS 17.03 (3)

"For conduct that seriously damages or destroys university property or attempts to damage or destroy university property, or the property of a member of the university community or guest."

Chapter UWS 17.03 (4)

"For conduct that obstructs or seriously impairs or attempts to obstruct or seriously impair university-run or university-authorized activities, or that interferes with or impairs the ability of a member of the university community, or guest, to participate in university-run or university-authorized activities...or knowingly disrupting access to university computer resources, or misusing university computing resources."

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