Wireless Access Policy

Purpose and Scope

The goal of this policy is to protect the University of Richmond's technology-based resources from unauthorized use and/or malicious attack that could result in loss of information, damage to critical applications, or damage to our public image. All users employing wireless methods of accessing University technology resources must adhere to University defined processes for doing so, using University approved access points. Unauthorized access to the wireless network is not allowed.

The following policy is complementary to any previously implemented policies dealing specifically with network access and remote access to the enterprise network.

Supported Technology

The University of Richmond uses the 802.11n and 802.11ac protocols as its wireless network standards, transmitting in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radio frequency spectrums, with the intention of delivering speeds of up to 1 Gbps to mobile and wireless devices.

In order to provide wireless access to authorized users, Information Services (IS) must install "access points" in and around the campus. These access points are generally small, antenna-equipped devices that connect directly to the local area network (LAN).

"Rogue" access points are devices that are installed without the knowledge or permission of the University of Richmond, used by individuals to gain illegal access to the University's network.

The University of Richmond supports the following devices and equipment for accessing our network and systems wirelessly:

  • Access Points installed by the Information Services (IS) department
  • Laptop computers using Windows 7/8/10 or Mac OS X 10.8 and above

Policy and Appropriate Use

  1. All wireless access points on the University's network must be approved and centrally managed by the University of Richmond's IS department. The addition of new wireless access points within campus facilities will be managed at the sole discretion of IS. Non-sanctioned installations of wireless equipment, or use of unauthorized equipment on campus premises, are strictly forbidden.
  2. The IS department will continuously conduct sweeps of the wireless network to ensure there are no rogue access points present.
  3. The IS department reserves the right to turn off without notice any access point connected to the network that it feels puts the university's systems, data, and users at risk.
  4. Access point broadcast frequencies and channels shall be set and maintained by the IS Department. Any device or equipment found to be interfering with access point signals may be subject to relocation or removal, including cordless phones, microwave ovens, cameras, light ballasts, etc.
  5. All computer equipment and devices used to connect to the University's network must display reasonable physical security measures. Users are expected to secure their University-connected devices when they are physically at their machines as well as when they step away.
  6. Wireless access users agree to immediately report to the University of Richmond's IS department any incident or suspected incidents of unauthorized access point installation.
  7. Use of the wireless network is subject to the same guidelines as the University of Richmond's Technology and Internet Acceptable Use Policies
  8. Any questions relating to this policy should be directed to epolicy@richmond.edu.

Policy Non-Compliance

Failure to comply with the Wireless Access Policy may result in the suspension of wireless access privileges and possible disciplinary action.

Revision History

Version Revised Date Author/ Editor
1.0 August 16, 2005 Kathy Monday Initial policy created.
1.1 May 18, 2010 Melody Kimball Revision history added.
1.2 August 9, 2010 Nicolas Lydick Supported Technology Updated
1.3 November 22, 2016 Greg Miller Supported Technology Updated