Computer Operating System (OS) Policy
(Windows XP, 2003, or higher, etc.)
The purpose of this policy is to prevent network and virus related problems related to the inability of illegal copies of a computer operating system to keep a computer current with the latest critical updates and security patches provided by the manufacturer(s). These computers can disable or degrade the performance of the network.
If the OS on your computer is found to be illegally obtained and unable to receive updates, your computer will be removed from the ECnet until the problem is rectified.
This policy covers all computer and communication devices owned by students or visitors of Eckerd College.
Student-owned computers connected to ECnet MUST HAVE ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL CD CONTAINING THE OS INSTALLED ON THE COMPUTER.
NOTE: If you are connecting a brand-new computer to ECnet, please be aware most hardware providers (Dell, Compaq, Sony, etc.) will not provide you with an updated and patched OS. It is your responsibility to perform the necessary critical updates and security patches provided by the manufacturer(s). ITS can provide you with help.
Windows and other OS security "holes" are discovered on a regular basis and the manufacturer(s) will supply patches to fill those "holes" on your computer. Microsoft provides an easy way to keep your computer current.
Computers running other operating systems (e.g. Linux, MacOS X) must be patched by the user against known vulnerabilities so that they cannot be compromised.
Following this policy will reduce the chance of you affecting ECnet for the rest of the users, and/or having ITS remove your access to ECnet.
Eckerd College reserves the right to limit and regulate any and all usage of its computing equipment and network.
Only personal computers and communication devices configured to perform normal workstation functions may be connected to ECnet. Nothing else may be connected without registering the product and getting appropriate permission from ITS.
Specifically prohibited are: web servers, FTP servers, streaming media servers, and personal computers configured to perform network services such as routing, proxying, bridging, DHCP, DNS, NAT, etc.
NOTE: Most commonly used items are wireless access points and routers. If incorrectly installed, just one of these devices can bring down a portion of ECnet. Normally, a whole dorm complex will go down. Please contact ITS and register these devices before plugging them into any ECnet data port.