Policies & Regulations
Administration & Finance

OspreyNet Acceptable Use Policy
Number: 6.0051P
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Effective Date: 7/1/1997
Revised Date: 7/20/2007
Responsible Division/Department:
Administration & Finance / Information Technology Services


    Computing, networking, telecommunications, and all other information technology resources of the University of North Florida are available to advance the education, research, administration, and public service mission of the University. Accordingly, the University encourages and promotes the use of these resources by the University community, within institutional priorities and financial capabilities. Access to and use of these resources and services are privileges, which must be accepted, in strict compliance with all applicable laws and with the highest standards of ethical behavior. 

    This policy applies to all persons accessing and using computing, networking, telecommunications, and other information technology resources through any facility of the University, including the use of OspreyNet in the residence halls. 

    The University of North Florida has adopted a formal Network Use Policy governing the use of UNF computer systems. This policy applies to all users of UNF computing resources including users of OspreyNet: http://www.unf.edu/dept/its/polproc/ppuse.html. These terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice and Residents are required to adhere to the most recently published version of the Acceptable Use Policy.


    Residence Hall students are encouraged to connect and configure their own computers to the existing network jack; however, assistance is available through the ITS Support Center. University Housing is not responsible for the installation or troubleshooting of hardware or software on student owned PCs. The extent of OspreyNet service is access to an Ethernet network using TCP/IP protocol, a network port to connect the student's computer into and limited support. Limited support is defined as assistance with OspreyNet access only, which includes checking computers for proper network configuation/set up and checking OspreyNet ports. 

    Beyond the wall jack, network connectivity is the resident's responsibility. The hardware and cable required to connect to OspreyNet can be purchased at the campus Bookstore or any other computer store. 

    1) The use of OspreyNet Internet Services is a privilege, which may be revoked at any time for inappropriate behavior. Such behavior would include but not be limited to the use of obscene, abusive, or otherwise objectionable language and/or materials in either public or private messages. 

    2) The primary purpose of this network is to support students' educational goals. In support of these goals, the following activites are prohibited. Participating in these activities may result in revocation of OspreyNet service and possible University judicial action and/or criminal charges: 

        Illegal sharing of copyrighted materials. 


        Setting up a router and building a private subnet. 

        Setting up any type of information server. 

        Propagating e-mail chain letters. 

        Forging mail. 

        Sharing OspreyNet account access with anyone. 

        Using OspreyNet for personal financial gain. 

        Modifying or attempting to modify University owned or licensed information including software and data. 

        Attempting to damage or disrupt networking services. 

        Using OspreyNet or network resources in the commission of a crime. 

        Using traffic intensive applications that may cause problems within the network or diluting the level of service to other users. No print servers, mail servers, FTP servers, etc. are allowed. The network sharing of any computer related device or materials, which may cause excessive network traffic, is forbidden. 

    3) Students are responsible for the security and integrity of information stored on their personal desktop systems. This includes: 

        Installing, using and regularly updating virus protection software. 

        Maintaining their computer's operating system so that it is running the current updates. 

        Making regulat backups of information and files. 

        Controlling and securing physical access to UNF's computing account. 

        Logging out of systems when they are not in use. 

        Monitoring access to accounts, if a student suspects that his or her computing account has been compromised or someone else is logging in to it, ,this student must report it to Information Technology Services and change his or her password immediately. 

    4) Splicing into existing television cables or splitting or splicing into data cables or outlets, wrapping TV cable, or otherwise adding to existing cable is prohibited. 

    5) The user will abide by all policies and statues included in the Florida Computer Crimes Act http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_ Statute&URL=CH0815/tit10815.htm 
    Crimes against this Act will result in University judicial action and/or investigation by the University Police Department for criminal offense. The Act includes offenses against intellectual property; offenses against computer equipment and supplies; and offenses against computer access. 

    6) Only officially assigned IP addresses may be used. These addresses, along with other configuation parameters, will be assigned authomatically via DHCP if the computer is properly configured. The use as non assigned IP addresses is strictly prohibited.


    All residents are responsbile for knowing and adhering to these policies. Violations will result in appropriate disciplinary action. The service does not warrant that the functions of this service will meet any specific requirements that the user may have nor that it will be error free or uninterrupted, nor shall it be liable for any indirect, incidental or consequential damages (including lost data, information, or profits) sustained or incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use the service. 

    Refer to the published schedule of Server Maintenance and Downtime for a schedule of periodic times when OspreyNet may not be available due to maintenance. This can be found at

ITS Maintenance Hours.