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1.       PURPOSE

The Office of Information Technology’s two-fold goal for wireless networking is to provide the best user experience across campus utilizing wireless networking and protect campus network resources. This policy describes how wireless networking fits into Hillsborough Community College’s information technology networking services, how wireless services are currently deployed, and how to request wireless networking services. The policy goals are:


         Provide information regarding current and future direction of wireless deployment.

         Develop a framework for a common experience for wireless users across campus.

         Designate a security mechanism for authenticating users to wireless service.

         Develop expectations and guidelines for wireless usage.


2.       POLICY

This policy governs the installation, operation, and maintenance of all wireless network devices utilizing the colleges Internet Protocol (IP) network space, including private IP space within the college networks and all users of such devices and governs all wireless connections to the campus network backbone, frequency allocation, network assignment, and registration. It also applies to services provided over wireless connections to the campus network backbone for colleges, departments, or divisions of the college. OIT will approach the shared use of the wireless radio frequencies in the same way that it manages the shared use of the wired network.


Wireless access points must be operated so as to minimize interference with other wireless access points compliant with this policy and with legitimate unlicensed devices and other unlicensed bands. In the case of interference by otherwise compliant access points and legitimate devices, OIT will work to negotiate acceptable compromise arrangements. If a compromise cannot be reached, the Director of Information Technology will specify a resolution.


All provisions of the Wireless AUP regarding computing, apply equally to both wired and wireless networking. Specific issues pertaining to wireless network devices are outlined below:


         Concealing your identity, or assuming the identity of another (e.g., by sending forged electronic mail).


         Sharing your password or account with the specific exception of staff or faculty members allowing their support personnel to access their accounts in order to provide services appropriate to their job functions.


         Attempting to “crack” or guess other users’ passwords using capturing programs.


         Denying appropriate access to resources to other users (e.g. “ping flooding” another system, sending “mail bombs,” or modifying a login file in order to cause a user to not be able to log in).


         Releasing programs such as viruses, Trojan horses, worms, etc., that disrupt other users, damage software or hardware, disrupt network performance, or replicate themselves for malicious purpose.


         Sending commercial solicitations via electronic mail (i.e. spamming) to individuals or to newsgroups or mailing lists where such advertising is not part of the purpose of the group or list.


         Any “mass mailing” which is solicitous in nature, unless the mailing is in the conduct of college business.


         Reselling of services based on the college network, such as web hosting, mailing services or the selling of shell accounts.


         Running a proxy server which results in inappropriate or unauthorized access to College materials to non-college members.


         Using mail messages to harass or intimidate another person (such as by repeatedly sending unwanted mail or broadcasting unsolicited mail).


         Violations of any local, state or federal laws, such as the distribution of copyright protected materials (e.g. the distribution of commercial software, music or films in electronic format without appropriate permissions by the owner.


         If reports of disruptions caused by such devices occur, the circumstances will be investigated and could result in removal of the device with the determination to be made by OIT.


         All wireless access points operated on any of HCC’s campus must comply with the college’s Acceptable Use Policy.



A college unit operating a wireless access point that does not appear to be compliant with this policy will be notified by OIT so that the access point may be brought into compliance. Wireless access points not brought into compliance may be denied network access.


Noncompliant wireless network access points connected to the network may be reported to the CIO with recommendations for corrective measures. Operation of a legitimate non-data wireless device in an unlicensed frequency band interfering with college wireless data network access may also be reported to the CIO with recommendations for corrective measures.


In a perceived emergency situation, OIT may take immediate steps to ensure the integrity of the college data network and systems, safeguard the health and safety of college community members and property, or protect the college from liability. All decisions, notifications, or measures taken under this policy may be appealed to the Office of Information Technology. All use of wireless access points and devices must comply with applicable laws, regulations, and college policies including FCC regulations and the college’s Acceptable Use Policy. Deployment and use of wireless access points must be approved by the Office of Information Technology.


Wireless network access deployment and operation should be consistent with the strategies, directions, and initiatives of the college's Acceptable Use Policy. Departments and users may not install Access Points without permission. The use of the airspace may cause problems with the HCCWireless wireless network. If you do elect to set up your own access point, it is likely that it will have to be removed when an access point, which conforms to the OIT standard, is installed in your area.







Initial Policy Draft



Official Policy designation

Gorham, Steve