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Student and Personnel Policy for Wireless Network Access 
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Purpose:  The purpose of this policy is to secure and protect the information and assets owned by Millikin University and personal information traveling on the Millikin wireless network.  In areas where the Millikin centrally-managed network is available, any locally managed access points (routers) must be removed.

Policy:  This policy specifies the conditions that wireless infrastructure devices must satisfy in order to connect to the university network.  Only those wireless infrastructure devices that meet the standards specified in this policy are approved for connection to the network.  This policy addresses the requirements of wireless deployments, wireless usage, and wireless airspace usage.

Procedure:  Standards supported included IEEE 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b.  IEEE 802.1X is the authentication standard.  Additional security procedures are applied as needed.

There are three SSIDs broadcast by the Millikin wireless deployment:
MU-GUESTS - For visitor access
MU-RESNET - Only devices authenticated via Millikin University account credentials may access this SSID.
MU-ADMIN - Only devices authenticated via Millikin University employee account credentials may access this SSID.

Wireless Service Considerations
Wireless networking has bandwidth limitations compared to the wired network.  The wireless network should be viewed as augmenting the wired network in many areas, to provide more flexible network use.  Applications that require large amounts of bandwidth, or are sensitive to changes in signal quality and strength may not be appropriate for wireless access.  Wireless technology is and will for the foreseeable future be a shared bandwidth technology.  Some protocols and services will not effectively work in, or may be inappropriate for, a wireless environment.

Millikin university policy requires that all deployments of wireless infrastructure be installed and maintained by IT.  Installing departmental or do-it-yourself wireless access points is prohibited to avoid possible interference with the university wireless network, unnecessary impact to the wired network and to minimize undue security risks to the university.  Additional, in areas where centerally-managed wireless network is available, any locally managed access points must be removed.  Use of the wireless network is subject to the established policies for use of the campus network services ( e.g. Acceptable use Policy).  Only devices authenticated via Millikin university account credentials may access network resources on the university network.  Unauthenticated visitors will be able to access only the Internet.

Authenticated Access
Role-based access to the network shall be established using the user's Millikin University account credentials.  All data transactions shall be encrypted and secured by the protocols listed in the supported standards above.  Services allowed through the wireless network should be substantially identical to those for wired access.  Role-based users will be limited to those same services they are permitted to access via wired network controls.

Applies to:  All employees, students, contractors, consultants, temporary workers and others who use the Millikin University network must adhere to this policy.  This policy applies to all wireless infrastructure devices that connect to the Millikin University network or reside at the Millikin University owned, leased or rented site that provides wireless connectivity to endpoint devices including, but not limited to laptops, desktops, cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).  This includes any form of wireless communication device capable of transmitting packet data.

Definitions:

IEEE 802.1X - The institute of Electrical and electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is an organization within IEEE that develops global standards in a broad range of industries, including: power and energy, biomedical and healthcare, information technology, telecommunications, transportation, nanotechnology, information assurance, and many more.

SSID- Service set identifier, or SSID, is a name that identifies a particular 802.11 wireless local area network (LAN).




Referenes
Ithaca College "Wireless Access Policy" URL:
www.ithaca.edu/its/general/docs/policies/wireless.pdf

Millikin Acceptable Use Policy for Technology URL:
www.millikin.edu/it/policies/Pages/default.aspx
 
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