Network Policy

CIT strives to keep the College network functioning very well, providing rapid response and enough capacity (bandwidth) to access required, and desired, resources, both on and off campus. We conduct bandwidth-shaping, which is a process of management wherein we set the maximum amount of bandwidth a certain type of traffic can use in order to ensure the maximum amount is available to traffic that is likely to be used for academic and administrative work.  For example, web traffic and email have relatively high priorities.  We are also constantly looking at new technologies to enhance our service. 

To keep the network operational to its highest degree, the following applies to all users of the College's network:

  • The person recognized as the owner of an authenticated computer system is responsible for that computer’s use, and all activity originating from that computer, at all times. Excessive or improper use of network resources that inhibits or interferes with use by others is prohibited and will be cause for action by CIT, which may include restricting, limiting, or disabling network access.
  • Due the serious negative impact on network availability created by misconfigured routers and Wireless Access Points (WAPs), all routers and WAPS, except those configured and used by CIT, or devices which function as routers or WAPs, are disallowed.  Wireless is available in all the residence halls and throughout campus. If you are experiencing network problems, wired or wireless, please contact the CIT Help Desk with details.
  • In no case shall the following types of servers (except those maintained by CIT for the express purposes delineated) be connected to the network: DNS, DHCP, BOOTP, or any other server that manages network addresses.

If you have any questions about network activity or devices, please contact CIT at cit@oberlin.edu, or x58197.