Computer Usage - Student Code 5.2.3 Computer Use/Misuse

Any individual using the Ball State University computing network must comply with the Ball State Student Code Information Technology Users Policy. Illegal distribution or downloading of copyrighted materials is expressly forbidden. Computer equipment must meet specifications found on the Housing and Residence Life Web. In addition, wireless routers and wireless devices are not permitted in the residence halls. Students found to be utilizing programs that take more bandwidth than is customary for typical academic assignments may have their computer port turned off pending review by proper university officials.

*Please note: When a student shares unauthorized copyrighted materials (i.e. movies, music, programs) with other computer users, whether on a personal computer or in a computer lab, it is a violation of the university's policies and your actions may result in legal action by the music and/or film industry.

Computer labs are accessible only to residents living in the halls or complex in which the lab is located. Noyer and Studebaker West computer labs are available to all residence hall and University Apartment residents during the hours of operation. Lab equipment priority should be given to those with academic purposes. Students may not save anything to the hard drive of the computer in the labs. All problems should be reported to the lab assistant or hall desks. Learn more about the services available in the computer labs located within the residence halls.

The Student Code Information Technology Users Policy additionally includes the prevention of unauthorized network devices from being connected to the campus network for any reason. (This includes but is not limited to, wireless routers, wired routers, DHCP servers, media center servers, etc.) When rogue devices are detected or reported to Information Technology Services (ITS) networking then disables the port(s) that are associated to the device. HRL Tech Support will then report the violation to the assistant directors of Housing and Residence Life. Residence hall directors or apartment managers will then contact the residents in the room that was detected as violating the policy. A first time violator will be required to disconnect and power off the networking device before the port can be re-enabled by ITS networking staff. A second time violation will result in a port shutdown pending a disciplinary hearing.