Residence Rooms Network, Rules and Regulations for Use

Rules & Policies

Residence Rooms Network, Rules and Regulations for Use

1- The use of network resources (network connection, user codes, IP-MAC address combination, campus /off-campus access etc.), which are allocated for the personal computers of the people in the residence, is subject to the rules and conditions set forth within "METU Computing and Networking Ethics" which is available at http://www.metu.edu.tr/it-use-policy address.

2- The state allocates and grants to the University aid the instructional, academic, research and administrative objectives of the University. The personal use of the network facilities by the users should in no way disrupt access priorities of those users that use the network for such instructional, academic, research and administrative objectives. In this respect, the users can find the guidelines for the appropriate use of network resources, the rules and regulations that the users must comply with and misconducts & prohibited behaviours as below:

a- Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs, as well as violating copyright and licensing rules, use up an excessive amount of bandwidth that consequently hinders the use of network resources for purposes of priority. For this reason, it is strictly forbidden to use the "peer-to-peer" file sharing programs for any purpose and/or any programs for the purpose of downloading copyrighted material in illegal ways. Such usage includes, but is not limited to, the following programs:KaZaA, iMesh, eDonkey2000, Gnutella, Napster, Aimster, Madster, FastTrack, Audiogalaxy, MFTP, eMule, Overnet, NeoModus, Direct Connect, Acquisition, BearShare, Gnucleus , GTK-Gnutella, LimeWire, Mactella, Morpheus, Phex, Qtella, Shareaza, XoLoX, OpenNap, WinMX, DC++, BitTorrent etc..

b- It is expressly forbidden to use wireless network resources for commercial purposes or for activities of private gain.

c- It is forbidden to use network resources for mass mailing, mail bombing, sending spam and users are not allowed to provide the means to the third parties to perform similar acts.

d- Users must not intentionally allow others to use University network resources from outside or, in other words, users must not pave the way for others to exploit privileges and act as if they are authorized to own the legitimate rights of the University users. (proxy, relay, IP sharer, NAT etc.)

e- It is forbidden to commit activities that threaten the security of the network (DoS attack, port-network scan etc.)

f- A unique IP number is assigned to each and every computer. Users are not permitted to change this IP number and/or the MAC (Media Access Control) address. If changing the IP number and /or the MAC address is inescapably required (as in the cases of new computer purchase, breakdown of ethernet card etc.), users must do so through obtaining the approval of the Computer Center.

g- Network facilities of the University (network connection, user codes, local/off-campus access etc.), which are granted as a privilege to the University members, will be used by every user in an appropriate, legal, ethical and considerate manner in accordance with the codes of behaviour and the regulations. It is the sole responsibility of all users that they are not endangering the safety of the resources by providing intentionally or unintentionally the means to the third parties to access to network resources. The user alone is answerable and accountable for every unlawful and unwanted consequences that may result from this act.

3- If the use of the compurting and networking facilities is proven to be incompatible with the educational and scholarly missions of the University, and if the user has been proven to behave irresponsibly, inappropriately and illegally in a manner displaying disruptive and inappropriate conduct that endanger the efficiency, integrity, safety and continuity of networking services; and if the user breaches the rules and regulations set forth in this document, one or more of the following disciplinary actions may be taken as a reasonable response to eliminate threatening and abusive behaviour;

o local and/or off-campus network access privileges may be restricted,

o local and/or off-campus network access privileges may be suspended, modified or witheld,

o the user codes and user accounts on the central server systems may be terminated,

o University's disciplinary mechanismssuch as investigation or prosecution may be initiated,

o judicial proceedings may be started,

4- These rules and regulations become effective as soon as they are publicized. The University and Computer Center reserves the right to amend these Rules and Regulations at any time without prior notice. The updated version of the rules and regulations can be viewed at this web address.

NOTICE of DISCLAIMER: METU NCC ICT Office does not accept any responsibility of the risks that arise from utilization of the network. All responsibility belongs to the user. You can contact ncc-ccatmetu.edu.tr () for your questions.