Personal Wireless Access Points

In support of St. Mark’s educational and residential life goals, the school provides wireless network access to faculty, staff, and students. St. Mark’s has a responsibility to all faculty, staff, and students to ensure this access is available, and operating at an acceptable level of performance in all designated “learning spaces”. Wireless network access is provided in all dormitories and “dorm-attached faculty housing”.

The policies outlined below are intended to maximize availability and performance of the “StMarks” wireless network by minimizing interference and “chatter” in the wireless radio spectrum used on campus. If you have any technical questions about wireless networking, please feel free to ask the technology department.

Students

Students are not allowed to operate personal wireless access points of any kind. Including personal wireless routers, Ad-hoc wireless networks or “mobile hotspots” (a.k.a. wireless tethering)

Faculty

With exceptions outlined below, faculty are not allowed to operate personal wireless access points of any kind. Including personal wireless routers, ad-hoc wireless networks or “mobile hotspots” (a.k.a. wireless tethering)

Faculty who have their own, personal internet connection to their apartment (Charter, Verizon, etc) will be allowed to maintain a personal wireless network under the following conditions.

  • The wireless network must be secured using at least WPA encryption so that students cannot gain access to it in order to bypass the St. Mark’s firewall and web filtering policies.
  • The wireless network must be configured in such a way as not to interfere with the “stmarks” wireless network and users.
  • All personal wireless access points must be registered with the technology department, and the operating channel disclosed.

This policy applies to any learning and living space currently serviced by the St. Marks wireless or wired network. This includes all of the main building, Thieriot, Arts, Health Services, Athletics and West Campus.

Faculty living in houses, condos or buildings not directly serviced by the st marks network are not subject to this restriction. (although the prohibition on the operation of Ad-hoc and mobile hotspots still applies when in “learning and Living” spaces)

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