SDSU Network Access Acceptable Use Policy

1.0 Introduction

SDSU provides wired and wireless network connections to faculty, staff, students and select guests. This document describes what use is acceptable and appropriate for your SDSU network connection. By connecting to or using an SDSU network connection, you agree to abide by these policies. We strongly recommend that you review the policies here to fully understand them.

This document is subject to change, and can be referenced at:

In addition to this AUP, you must abide by all other campus and CSU policies (including the SDSU Computing Acceptable Use Policy and the SDSU Computing Security Policy) as well as current State and Federal law.

Comments or questions regarding this policy can be directed to the SDSU Computing Security Officer via email at: or by calling (619) 594-0142.

2.0 Network Limitations

All residential housing and wireless networks on campus are protected by firewalls as well as packet shaping devices. This ensures that everyone can use their fair share of the network resources and that potential security intrusions from the internet are limited. All network use is logged.

Residential network and wireless connections provide outbound connections to the internet and campus. Inbound connections from the internet to your computer are not permitted by the firewall. Running servers on your computer accessible from the internet is not allowed.

Due to these limitations, some applications may not be available through the firewall. Other applications may be administratively blocked. Peer-to-peer music sharing applications are currently blocked due to copyright and liability concerns. Other applications may be limited if they have adverse affects on the network. A current list of limited applications can be found at:

3.0 User Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each registered network user to use SDSU computer and network resources appropriately using common sense, common courtesy, and a respect for the rights or property and privacy of the University and other users. Access is a privilege that can be revoked due to misuse. By connecting to or using a network connection, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Acceptable Use Policy, other campus computing policies, and current State and Federal law. Furthermore, you agree to accept responsibility for any misuse by other individuals who use your computer or network connection.

Violations of this Acceptable Use Policy will be adjudicated by Judicial Procedures Office, Business Affairs, Academic Affairs, SDSU Human Resources, or law enforcement officials as appropriate. The SDSU Computing Security Officer may temporarily suspend network privileges of any SDSU user while suspected violations are being investigated or adjudicated.

User responsibilities include:

  1. The University's networks are shared resources. Excessive use of network resources, which inhibits or interferes with the use of these networks by others, is not permitted.
  2. Users may not run any programs that interfere with SDSU computing or network services. In particular, DHCP and proxy servers are expressly forbidden.
  3. Users must follow proper SDSU network registration procedures. Users may not use or spoof any network address not specifically assigned to them by the University.
  4. Any use, receipt, or transfer of software or data must observe copyright laws, license restrictions and University policies.
  5. SDSU may not be used to provide Internet access to anyone not formally affiliated with the University. Connections to your computer from outside the University, either directly or via proxy, are not allowed.
  6. SDSU may not be used for commercial or profit-making enterprise. Use of these resources for commercial gain is in opposition to the non-profit status of the University.
  7. SDSU services, equipment, wiring or jacks may not be altered nor extended beyond the location of their intended use.
  8. Users may not use SDSU to attempt to circumvent protection schemes or exercise security loopholes in any computer or network component.
  9. Viewing, copying, altering or destroying any file, or connecting to a host on a network without explicit permission of the owner is a violation of this policy. Unauthorized network sniffers are forbidden and violate Federal wiretap laws.
  10. Users may not share University system passwords, use another person's account, even with permission, or allow use of an established connection by someone other than the registered user.
  11. Users may not forge or otherwise misrepresent another's identity through any form of communication.
  12. University network resources may not be used to defame, harass, intimidate or threaten any other person(s). University harassment policies cover all uses of the SDSU network, including email correspondences and newsgroups.

4.0 Copyright Notice

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at, especially their FAQ's at