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Acceptable Usage Policy

Trinity Hall Network Policy

Use it

• Use Trinity Hall’s data network to undertake your work/study.
• Keep in email contact with colleagues/friends/family.

Don’t Abuse it

• Don’t download and/or redistribute copyright material (text/images/video/music).
• Avoid using services which consume copious bandwidth, e.g.: peer-to-peer file sharing systems like BitTorrent, Direct Connect, and Skype. Video streaming over the web.
• Don’t violate the privacy of others
• Don’t disrupt the work of others

Play Responsibly

• Avoid having your machine abused

• Install a free virus checker available from the Computing Service:

• Protect your user accounts with passwords
• Keep your operating system and other software up to date

The Bottom Line

• You will be charged for excessive use of network bandwidth
• You risk legal action if you abuse copyright

Further Details

Network Security

The user is responsible for maintaining the security of their personal computers and any other device connected to the network. Critical security updates must be applied to all software in a timely fashion.

Users of Microsoft Windows are required to have anti-virus software running on their computers at all times and to apply all updates in a timely fashion.

The use of any computer system within Trinity Hall for unauthorised access to ANY other computer systems or networks is illegal and strictly prohibited.

Your network access may be suspended at the discretion of the College IT Department if your computer is found to be interfering with the normal operation of the network or is a potential security risk. Repeated security violations with no corrective action by the user will incur an administrative charge.

Data Traffic Usage on the Trinity Hall Network

The College provides and maintains the physical network infrastructure and pays for the network data traffic over our link to the Cambridge University Data Network (CUDN). Students are charged a fixed termly fee to cover this cost.

Additional usage charges will be incurred to students for high network usage outside the CUDN (i.e. outside of the University). Students will be charged if the amount of traffic used is larger than 50 gigabytes over the term. Students will be notified if this limit is exceeded and sent a number of warnings by email before that point. Repeated excessive network use may also incur an administration charge. Students who have an academic requirement to use a large amount of data traffic should apply to the IT Manager with authorisation from their Tutor and Director of Studies for an increased traffic quota. Graduate students requiring to use a large amount of data traffic should discuss reimbursement with their department.

Summary of University Network Usage Policy

Users of the Trinity Hall data network are bound by the rules which govern use of the CUDN as a whole. Rules pertaining to the use of the CUDN can be found here:

The CUDN is itself a part of the larger Joint Academic Network (JANET) which has its own acceptable use policy, by which users of the Trinity Hall network must also abide, found here:

Summary of CUDN and JANET acceptable use policy

This summary should not be considered authoritative, please read the complete CUDN rules and the JANET acceptable use policy.

The CUDN may not be used for any of the following:
• The creation or transmission (other than for properly supervised and lawful research purposes) of any data capable of being resolved into obscene or indecent material or material which is designed or likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or defamatory material;
• The transmission of material such that this infringes the copyright of another person;
• Commercial use except as part of a service to which the User has chosen to subscribe;
• Deliberate unauthorised access to any facility or service;
• Deliberate activities with any of the following characteristics:
• Wasting staff effort or networked resources, including time on end systems and the effort of staff involved in the support of those systems;
• Corrupting or destroying other users' data;
• Violating the privacy of other users;
• Disrupting the work of other users;
• Using the network in a way that denies service to other users;
• Other misuse of the network or networked resources.

Users should be aware that the content of network communications may become accessible to those other than the intended recipient(s). Moreover, information relating to the transmission of a communication, such as means of identifying the source and destination, is routinely available to those who operate the CUDN.

The University, its Colleges and affiliated institutions, their agents and servants shall not be held responsible for loss or damage, direct or indirect, arising from use of the CUDN or any of the networks to which it is connected, whether directly or indirectly.

Last updated: 28th Sept 2018