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IT Services News No. 147 Sep-Oct 2010

From the Helpdesk ... Acceptable Use of Campus Network

    1. Introduction
    2. Acceptable Use of Campus Network and Statement of Ethics 

1. Introduction

The University campus network provides networking services to members of the University who access the network to support the academic, research and administrative activities of the University.  A user of the campus network has access to valuable network resources over internal and external networks.  It is necessary for the user to behave in a legal and responsible manner.

2. Acceptable Use of Campus Network and Statement of Ethics

By connecting to the campus network, a user should agree to the “Campus Network Acceptable Use Policy”, “Statement of Ethics on Computer Use” and related policies and regulations at
http://www.its.hku.hk/home/about/policies.htm

In general, campus network acceptable use and ethics means respecting the rights of other users and the following points should be avoided:

  • Avoid setting up Peer-to-Peer file (P2P) sharing programs
    • Peer-to-peer file sharing programs can act like servers and generate a lot of network traffic, thus slowing down the network and affecting other users.   Moreover, they may distribute copyrighted material without authorization from the copyright owner.

    • Users who want to use legitimate P2P applications over Internet can refer to the webpage http://www.its.hku.hk/services/vpn/vpnp2p.htm).  Here "legitimate" means that the user himself should be sure that the use the P2P application will not lead to copyright infringement.

  • Avoid Excessive use of bandwidth affects other users
    • Excessive use of network bandwidth due to huge file upload and/or download will slow down the network and affecting other users.

  • Do not assign your own IP address
    • An IP address identifies a computer within the campus network.  Do not attempt to assign your own IP address to your computer.  The IP address of a computer must be unique.  Mis-configuration of your computer may affect not only your computer but also others on the network.

  • Do not spread a computer virus or spyware on the network
    • Ensure your PC is free from computer virus or spyware.  Computer virus and spyware are self-propagate and spread to other PCs on the network.

If an individual is found to be in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and Statement of Ethics on Computer Use, it will lead to suspension of access to the University's computer and network services and possibly disciplinary actions.

For more information, please refer to "Campus Network Acceptable Use Policy" at
http://www.its.hku.hk/services/netethic.htm

"The University of Hong Kong Statement of Ethics on Computer Use" at
http://www.its.hku.hk/policies/ethics.htm


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