Network Service Policy

A statement of the university policy on installation and maintenance of communications infrastructure.

Background

The University of Louisville network is comprised of an advanced, robust communications infrastructure giving access to a wide array of information and educational services. The network is a critical component of the operations of the University of Louisville, and is essential to the daily activities of faculty, staff, and students, including instruction, research, service, and patient care.

Network infrastructure includes all fiber optics, copper wiring, circuits, trunks, routers, switches, hubs, microwave systems, wireless access devices, and any other components that may be required to deliver network services to voice, data or video terminal equipment. This infrastructure normally terminates at a wall outlet for data and video services, but may include a telephone set for voice service.

All network infrastructure within the buildings of the University of Louisville is the property of the University. The Communications Services unit of Information Technology manages the UofL network. A variety of voice, data and video services are available to university faculty, staff, and students. Pricing for services has been established to recover costs.

Policy

As a mission-critical component of the university's infrastructure, the communications network is managed to insure maximum availability, performance, security, and reliability.

The policy of the University is that only authorized Information Technology staff may install, manage or change the network infrastructure. Unauthorized changes to the network can seriously compromise the reliability, performance, security and availability of the network and its services. In addition, illegal wiring may be in violation of FCC regulations, and fire or building codes which may create a public safety hazard.

It is a violation of this policy for departments or individuals to install their own communications infrastructure, or modify the existing communications infrastructure in any way. Departments or individuals installing their own communications wiring or networking equipment will not receive IP addresses for their computing systems and will be subject to disconnection from the university network.