DHNet Acceptable Use Policy

Overview

The Department of Housing and Residence Education (“HRE”) maintains a network (“DHNet Internet Services”) for residents in our undergraduate residence halls and graduate and family housing facilities. Access to the Internet via DHNet is provided by an Ethernet receptacle in student rooms and by wireless signal where available.

DHNet is designed and intended to support student academic needs in relation to the purpose and mission of the University of Florida. However, as a residential network, DHNet may be used for recreational and personal purposes provided that this use does not interfere with other users or violates any portion of this Acceptable Use Policy.

The Department of Housing and Residence Education, as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), enforces its policies very aggressively. These policies have been incorporated into the UF Student Code of Conduct, which means that that a violation of these policies may also be a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

While DHNet staff do not attempt to invade your privacy or attempt to “censor” what you do over the network, very active measures to control how the network is used are employed under the legal authority held by HREto maintain DHNet Internet Services. If you violate this policy, your DHNet access may be restricted to only UF campus access or your access may be completely terminated until the problem is resolved and/or proper judicial (OCCS) action has been taken.

All DHNet users must abide by this AUP and by the rules contained in the UF Acceptable Use Policy found at http://www.it.ufl.edu/policies/aupolicy.html. It is your responsibility to be familiar with these policies. If you do not agree by the terms of this AUP, you should immediately stop using DHNet and notify the Department of Housing and Residence Education that you wish for DHNet access to be removed from your account.

In the event that there is a conflict between this AUP and your housing contract, the housing contract terms shall prevail.

Requirements

For a list of requirements necessary for connecting to DHNet Internet services, please visit https://www.dhnet.ufl.edu/getconnected/requirements.

Security

You are responsible for installing and maintaining the appropriate security software on devices you connect to DHNet. Any automated program installed on your computer that participates in activities banned under this AUP, with or without your explicit consent, will result in a revocation or restriction of your right to use the DHNet Internet Services. DHNet staff is not responsible for verifying whether activity coming from your computer or device is the result of your actions or the actions of malicious software.

UF and HRE maintain automated scanning equipment on the network and will quarantine your access if any virus, botnets, or malicious software activity is detected on your computer. You are required to have a security product installed on your computer with real-time malware scanning and definition updating capabilities in order to access DHNet. A list of suggested security tools is provided as a courtesy at https://www.dhnet.ufl.edu/getconnected/malwaretools. DHNet is not liable for any negative consequences of installing any of these security tools and does not provide support.

You are not permitted to use firewall or security applications that may block or interfere with our automated scanning software.

Authentication

All devices connected to DHNet Internet Services must authenticate with a Gatorlink username and password. In most cases, users will authenticate using the 802.1x protocol. Residents in Diamond and Corry Village will need to authenticate via a website each time they connect to DHNet.

SafeConnect Policy Key

Windows and Mac-based computers that are connected to DHNet must download and install the SafeConnect Policy Key software. The Policy Key is a lightweight software application that connects to DHNet servers in order to verify that connected computers are in compliance with this AUP. If the Policy Key software detects that that the computer is not in compliance with DHNet security policies, the computer will be isolated from the network until the problem is resolved. The Policy Key software does not make any changes to pre-existing software or settings on a user’s computer. Failure to install the Policy Key software will result in a user being unable to access the DHNet network.

Prohibited Activities

Sharing of Gatorlink credentials and DHNet Resources and Network Infrastructure

You are wholly responsible for any activity conducted under your Gatorlink credentials while connected to DHNet, regardless of whether you personally participated in the activity or not. You should not permit others to use your Gatorlink credentials while connected to DHNet.

You are not permitted to connect more than one computer at the same time or devices that permit multiple network connections into the DHNet Ethernet receptacle. Therefore hubs, switches, wireless access points, routers, and other similar network equipment that, in the opinion of the DHNet staff, constitutes network infrastructure are not permitted.

Residents of Corry Village and Diamond Village are permitted to setup and deploy wireless access points provided that these wireless access points are secured with a password using WPA or a better wireless security protocol. The residents of Corry Village and Diamond Village are responsible for all activity that occurs on the provided port in their room.

Commercial Use

Using DHNet for commercial purposes or for personal profit is strictly prohibited. The unauthorized use of UF Housing or DHNet resources (such as materials on the HRE and DHNet website) is strictly prohibited.

In addition, you may not use software designed solely for the purpose of providing you compensation in return for viewing advertisements. You may not sell or give away DHNet access to other users.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software

The usage of peer-to-peer software is strictly prohibited on DHNet. Peer-to-peer applications and protocols that are not allowed include, but are not limited to: Ares, BitComet, BitTorrent, Direct Connect, Fasttrack, eDonkey, Gnutella, KaZaa, Limewire, uTorrent, and WinMX.

Peer-to-peer applications are defined under the purposes of this AUP as being software that connects your computer to another computer for the purposes of file-sharing (uploading, seeding, or downloading) or distributing bandwidth amongst many computers. This excludes the usage of instant messaging and email for sending non-copyrighted files to another computer.

Servers

Devices connected to DHNet are not permitted to be servers (such as email, FTP, web, P2P, or game servers). Servers are defined as any program or device that has the primary purpose of waiting for connections from other devices or computers in order to provide services to those computers. This does not include programs such as web browsers or instant messengers, which are client programs.

Grid Applications

You are not permitted to run grid applications while connected to DHNet. A grid application is an application that distributes work across many different computers.

Encryption, Virtual Private Networks, and Remote Protocols

You are permitted to use the UF Gatorlink VPN connection from any of your devices connected to DHNet. Remotely connecting to a device connected to DHNet from another connection including the University network is not supported. Connecting to a device located on another network from your device is permitted.  The use of VPN software other than the UF Gatorlink VPN is prohibited.

If there is a UF Business or UF Academic need for using a VPN (other than UF Gatorlink VPN) while utilizing DHNet Internet Services, you may request an exception by sending an email to DHNetHelp@housing.ufl.edu. An additional email from your professor or supervisor will also be required to the same email address that will state the academic/business need and the length of the VPN exception (exceptions are not permanent). UF HRE Network Administration will contact you to gather other information after the requests are processed. Requests for exemption are not automatic and each is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please also see the rules for Exceptions below.

Copyright Infringement

Copyrighted files and software cannot be shared over DHNet unless you are the direct copyright holder doing so in the pursuit of a documentable academic need or you have written permission to do so from the copyright holder. While it is possible to obtain copyrighted materials without using peer-to-peer software, obtaining copyrighted materials without proper authorization is not permitted.

The University of Florida and DOHRE assume no responsibility for infringements of copyright or other laws committed by you during the usage of the service. You are responsible for determining whether material is legally obtained or not.

Connecting to Other Computers on DHNet

You are not permitted to network computers together on DHNet or connect to other users’ devices on DHNet. This includes sharing media devices, music libraries (such as the iTunes library), usage of the Hamachi VPN software or similar software, creating LANs, or creating workgroups. You may not set up ad-hoc networks using wireless adapters or any type of network appliance.

Using Scanning or Other Types of Security Applications

You are not permitted to use any application that scans or catalogs the network or devices connected to the network. You may not use any type of security tool while connected to DHNet to remotely scan or catalog devices connected outside of DHNet.

Bandwidth Usage

You may not excessively use bandwidth or DHNet resources in such a way that causes a disruption or denial of service (DoS) to other users of DHNet or the Internet. Whether or not a device is excessively using bandwidth is left up to the discretion and judgment of DHNet staff.

Hacking and other Illegal Activities

You may not, at any time, use DHNet, the University’s campus-wide network, or related resources for hacking or causing harm. You may not use DHNet in the commission of a crime under UF regulations or local, state, or federal law. You may not use DHNet to violate any UF regulation or policy.

You may not threaten, stalk, harass, or violate the rights of anyone else while using DHNet or collect personal data about other users. You may not use DHNet to transmit malicious software to others.

You may not forge or attempt to hide your identity while using DHNet. Manually changing the Media Access Control (MAC) address or IP (Internet Protocol) address of any device or equipment connected to DHNet is not allowed.

Connecting to other Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

You may not connect to other Internet Service Providers using the DHNet connection as a means of accessing the Internet. You may not use an IP address that is not assigned to you by DHNet.

Other Prohibited Activities

Any activity not specified under this AUP may be disallowed under the discretion of the Department of Housing and Residence Education if such an activity would:

  • Disrupt, damage, or cause harm to the operations of DHNet
  • Interfere with the mission and purpose of either the University of Florida or the Department of Housing and Residence Education
  • Circumvent or bypass in any way the monitoring capability of DHNet staff to enforce this AUP
  • Be significantly maligned with the interests of the University community.

Exceptions

Exceptions to this Acceptable Use Policy may be granted by the Senior Network Administrator or the Director of Housing for Financial & IT Services under the following circumstances:

  • The user is a student of the University of Florida and has demonstrated a clear and obvious academic purpose for the exception. The user must provide supporting evidence and allow us to contact his/her faculty member for verification. In addition, the user must demonstrate that he/she cannot reasonably use a resource other than DHNet to complete his/her academic task. If the request would cause, in the opinion of the staff member giving the approval, considerable hardship to DHNet, the request may be denied despite sufficient evidence supporting the request.
  • The user is an employee of the University of Florida or the Department of Housing and Residence Education and has a clear work-related reason for the exception. The user must provide supporting evidence and allow us to contact his/her supervisor for verification. In addition, the user must demonstrate that he/she cannot reasonably use a resource other than DHNet to complete his/her work-related task. If the request would cause, in the opinion of the staff member giving the approval, considerable hardship to DHNet, the request may be denied despite sufficient evidence supporting the request.

Users with a history of violating the DHNet Acceptable Use Policy or providing false information to DHNet may be denied exceptions to this policy without explanation.

Violations

Any violation of this Acceptable Use Policy may result in one or more of the following sanctions:

  • Redirection of Internet access to DHNet servers for the purpose of acknowledging a violation of this Acceptable Use Policy
  • Redirection of Internet access to a DHNet remediation site for the purpose of providing information and directions about how to bring a computer into compliance with our security requirements.
  • Judicial sanctions through the DOHRE Residential Judicial Programs office or University of Florida Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Bandwidth throttling or reduction
  • Restriction of Internet access to the University of Florida domain (ufl.edu) only
  • Suspension of DHNet service for a set period of time
  • Termination of DHNet service

An overview of the DHNet restriction process is available at https://www.dhnet.ufl.edu/policies/restrictions. This process is subject to change.

The DHNet staff reserves the right to take any action necessary to preserve confidential data, the integrity of the network, and the availability of service under applicable UF regulations and state law.

In addition, the DHNet staff shall comply fully with any legally binding “cease and desist” order or court-ordered subpoena.