ResNet: Responsible Use

Computer lab and in-room network connection services in the residence halls support the educational mission of UCSB. Using the network is a privilege. Each resident must use these services appropriately and comply with all university, city, county, state and federal regulations. 

Regulations for ResNet Use

  • ResNet reserves the right to terminate any in-room or lab computer connection without notice should it be determined that network traffic generated from the connection is in violation of the ResNet Responsible Use Policy.
  • Network services and wiring may not be modified or extended beyond the area of their intended use of one computer per data jack (applies to all network hardware, computer lab equipment and in-room data jacks).
  • ResNet may not be used to provide UCSB computer services or internet access to any computer outside of ResNet. This includes any kind of proxy server, wireless access point, or dial up services. UCSB-specific or commercially obtained network resources (e.g. The Cambridge Encyclopedia) may not be retransmitted outside of the university community.
  • Network use or applications which inhibit or interfere with the use of the network by others are not permitted (e.g. applications which use unusually high portions of bandwidth for extended periods, inhibiting the use of the network by others). Users may be asked to cease any activity that directly or indirectly causes a problem.
  • It is against state law to use state owned resources for personal gain. Thus, a ResNet connection may not be used for any money making activity. This includes web pages with any kind of advertising or fees associated with their use.
  • Your connection may not be used for monitoring network data by any means. This includes scanning other user’s computers for available services or exploits.
  • By agreeing to UCSB ResNet's Responsible Use Policy, you are agreeing to receive critical computer security information, as well as notification and network status updates via your UMAIL e-mail account.
  • Forgery or other misrepresentation of one’s identity via electronic or any other form of communication is a violation of university policy. This includes forging IP addresses or ethernet hardware addresses to conceal your computer’s identity. Prosecution under state and federal laws may also apply.
  • Inappropriate access of computers, networks, use of passwords not obtained through proper procedures, and/or disruptive activity on computer systems are considered a violation of ResNet policy. This includes scanning ports on any computers for any reason or distributing computer viruses. Prosecution under state and federal laws may also apply.
  • Possession & distribution of copyrighted materials without consent of owner is against federal law. Students found offering such services are subject to termination of ResNet services.
  • Wireless Access Points (WAP) are not permitted in student's rooms. Students found running a WAP can have privileges terminated.
  • Student violations of the above policies will be handled through the Department of Housing & Residential Services; other violations will be referred, as appropriate, to the Dean of Students, and/or the University Police Department.
  • In accordance with University guidelines and/or court orders, files and transmissions may be subject to search and examination by system administrators or other university employees. 

Use of ResNet resources is governed by Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises, UCSB policies and the University of California Electronic Communications Policy. Nonresident users (i.e., guests) are expected to abide by these policies and all guidelines although you are ultimately responsible for anyone’s use of your network connection. Not following the intent of your connection is cause for disabling it.

Questions about this policy or whether a particular activity would be considered a violation should be addressed to