UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICY 10-02-13
CATEGORY: SUPPORT SERVICES
SECTION: Computing, Information, and Data
SUBJECT: University Network
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 13, 1989
This policy establishes the provisions for the installation, maintenance, and operation
of the University of Pittsburgh Network (PittNet).
Computing and Information Systems (CIS) is responsible for the installation,
maintenance, and operation of the University's data communications network.
Network users may operate only those devices attached to PittNet with addresses
that have been authorized by CIS.
CIS will publicize a list of supported protocols for use on PittNet in a document called
University Network : Attachment Services. CIS will provide support only for the
publicized list of protocols.
As protocols on the list evolve, CIS will publicize plans regarding the migration of
protocols so that users will be aware of protocol changes. Users must operate only
the publicized version of supported protocols, unless otherwise stated in the
publicized migration plan.
Network users must acquire, install, operate, configure, and maintain any hardware
and software attached to network ports.
Devices attached to PittNet must implement any required security measures to protect
data stored within the device. This security cannot be based on access security
provided by PittNet; it must be provided by the network device using a scheme such
as unique user identifiers and passwords. Users of the network must not divulge or
otherwise use any information obtained through the network via monitoring of the
Some network devices that can be attached to PittNet can place traffic loads on the
network that can adversely affect other network users. CIS will monitor network traffic
and take steps to protect network users from one another. Departmental networks
must abide by a list of configuration rules publicized by CIS in the "University Network:
Attachment Services" document.
CIS must install, configure, operate, and maintain all connections to networks outside
the University that provide transport capabilities for the general University network
community. CIS is responsible for ensuring that outside network connections provided
by other University departments do not adversely affect other PittNet users. CIS must
take whatever steps necessary to prevent these adverse affects from being felt by
Funding for the expansion of PittNet for the interconnection of buildings will be
considered by the University as a part of the space management planning process
through the Office of Space Management and paid from central University funds.
Funding for the expansion of PittNet initiated by the departments and not coordinated
through the Office of Space Management will be provided by the departments making
the request as a special network alteration paid from department funds.
Network users must abide by the rules set by the governing body of each external
network when a University network user is using that external network.
Misrepresentation in Electronic Communication
Network users must correctly identify themselves in all forms of electronic data
communication, both inside and outside of the University.
Payment for Network Services
Payment for services provided by CIS will be accomplished as follows:
- Installation and Activation Charges - The installation and activation charge for the
attachment of a device to PittNet cannot be paid from funds in accounts
established solely for direct-charge computer usage.
- Monthly Access Charges - The monthly maintenance charge for operating a device
on PittNet may be paid from any University departmental fund including funds
established in accounts solely for direct-charge computer usage.
Establishment of a Computer Account Administrator
Before requesting a device to be attached to PittNet, the administrators of each FAIS
account number to which services will be charged must establish accounts in the
Computer Accounts Program (CAP). Refer to Policy 10-02-11, Computer Account
Procedure 10-02-13, University Network
Policy 10-02-11, Computer Account Administration