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Computer Center Additional Resources

Wireless Networks Policy

This policy has been developed to provide the best quality of wireless network coverage and minimize the interference between the campus wireless network and student wireless devices brought to campus.

  • No student wireless routers are allowed on the Clarke network or any other contracted internet service such as Mediacom or DSL.  If you contract for a third party internet service, you must use a patch cable to connect to it; wireless access is not allowed.
  • No student wireless access devices are allowed on campus.  Some examples include, but are not limited to:  wireless printers (you must disable the wireless feature, see the manual or their website for directions), smart phones as an access point…etc.
  • You may use Blue Tooth to connect to wireless devices such as keyboard, mice…etc.

Violations are subject to removal from network services without notice, and possible confiscation of the equipment.
June 2011

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Copyrighted Material

Clarke University supports the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Clarke University students are prohibited from using the Clarke University information network to illegally download or share music, video and all other copyrighted material. Be aware that illegal forms of downloading and file-sharing as well as the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, are violations of the law and may subject you to not only academic sanctions from the University, but also civil and criminal penalties.

Academic disciplinary actions may include revocation of network access (meaning loss of e-mail and course web site access), referral to Student Life for further sanctions, or even suspension from the University. Persons may be held civilly liable for substantial damages and attorney’s fees. The law entitles a plaintiff to seek statutory damages of $150,000 for each act of willful infringement. Copyright infringement also carries criminal penalties under the federal No Electronic Theft Act. Penalties for a first offense may be as high as 3 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Clarke makes every effort to block internet peer-to-peer file sharing and can monitor the network for illegal activity, and reserves the right to block or restrict excessive bandwidth usage by individuals, group, or by application.  The University will cooperate with any lawful legal action directed at users of our network.

There are easy and affordable ways to get music online legally. To protect their intellectual property, companies have licensed hundreds of digital partners that offer a range of legal downloading options, including download and subscription services, legitimate peer-to-peer services, video-on-demand, podcasts and CD kiosks.

Security and Student Information

Securing student information, and your information, involves everyone!

Below are steps you are required to do to prevent data breaches at Clarke:

  • Do not leave your laptop unattended.
  • Keep system URLs, user names and passwords confidential.
  • Don’t be phished!  IT and the Help Desk will never ask for your user name and password in an email.
  • Make sure your password is unique and strong.  Longer is better.  Use a mix of upper and lower case with letters, numbers, and special characters.  Use a phrase – it’s easier to remember.
  • Do not stay logged into Datatel when on the road.
  • Do not keep files with student data on your laptop – this is a big cause of data breaches!
  • Do not install non-Clarke approved software on your laptop.
  • Connect to the Clarke network often to update your anti-virus and go through intrusion detection.
  • Do not use public access computers to access Datatel, our student information system, or Moodle, MyInfo or Clarke email.
  • Do not connect to a wireless network without first confirming the name.  There is usually a card in the room or a sign on the wall with this information.  Never just connect to what you think is the right WiFi.

My Clarke Resources

The Keller Computer Center provides computing and telecommunications support to Clarke students, faculty and staff members. From 20 departmental and public labs, the Clarke community has access to over 300 networked computers. The information technology staff also supports the University’s Internet/Web, network servers, gigabit network infrastructure, faculty and staff workstations, and the administrative software systems.