U-M Network Responsible Use Agreement

Access to the University of Michigan’s networks is provided in support of students’ academic and research activities and reasonable and appropriate personal use. For brevity, references to ‘my computer’ below refer to desktop computers, laptops, small format computers (i.e., Arduino/Raspberry Pi), cell phones, gaming devices, and any other device that connects to the University of Michigan network.

Important: Read the information below carefully as it specifies user responsibilities and responsible use standards for connecting to computer networks, including those in residence halls and Northwood Apartments. You must agree to the terms and conditions below to use the networks.

Basic Agreement

  1. I agree to abide by all applicable federal and state laws and university policies, including:
    1. Responsible Use of Information Resources
    2. Statement on Student Rights and Responsibilities
  2. I understand that I am responsible for the security of my computer and for all activity originating from my devices, including but not limited to:
    1. Traffic generated by viruses and malware;
    2. Sharing of music or other media files; and
    3. Other users who have gained access to my computer.
  3. I understand that I am not guaranteed a network connection or a specific amount of network bandwidth. Network resources may be managed to optimize the performance of some essential applications or resources and slow down other applications or resources.

Access and Proper Use

  1. I will not:
    1. Provide access to any university computing resource to anyone not eligible or allow others to access such resources using my identity.
    2. Redistribute or provide access to university computing resources for any fee or other consideration.
    3. Perform any action that denies another network user access to network resources.
    4. Use my computer to distribute copyright-protected materials in violation of applicable state and federal laws.
    5. Attempt to gain access to services, resources, networks, or computers for which I am not authorized.
    6. Scan computers to detect access points or vulnerabilities.
    7. Use a campus network connection to run a commercial enterprise.
  2. I understand that:
    1. Excessive use of the network is prohibited and subject to restrictions. Excessive use is defined as using a number of network resources that inhibit other people's computers from using the network.
    2. Personally owned servers and other devices are only permitted if they utilize a reasonably small portion of network resources.
    3. Persons within my household (applies to Northwoods IV and V) are permitted to register other devices through my affiliation with the university and must, in turn, agree to abide by the terms and conditions of this agreement. When the university is required to respond to a violation of these terms and conditions, access for all devices within my unit will be disabled until the issue is resolved.

Network Integrity & Security

  1. I will not perform any action that would impair the function or compromise the integrity of the network or result in the denial or degradation of another user's access to the network.
  2. I will not alter network wiring, equipment or jacks, or extend the network.
  3. I will not attempt to alter or avoid charges for computer, network, and data access, including ResComp activation fees and ITS Standard Computing Services surcharges.
  4. I will refrain from using personal WiFi routers (except in Northwoods IV and V) as they significantly and negatively impact the campus WiFi environment, causing it to deteriorate and, in some cases, can make WiFi unusable by all.
  5. Devices that connect to the network may be periodically scanned to ensure the security and reliability of the network.

Violations and Sanctions

  1. I understand that violations of applicable university policies regarding technology and network usage will be subject to disciplinary action. I understand that my networking or computing services can be suspended or terminated at any time if I violate this agreement. Violations may be subject to additional sanctions under the Housing Student Conflict Resolution process. Civil and criminal prosecution may also result from the violation of federal and state law.

Agreement revised & approved 6/2019