Wireless Communication Policy

This policy has been developed to minimize potential interference with and to assure the highest level of service to the users of the College’s wireless data network. The Departments of Networking and Telecommunications are solely responsible for procuring, installing, and maintaining wireless network equipment and services on campus. They establish and maintain unlicensed wireless data technical standards to prevent interference, ensure vendor interoperability, enable roaming, and ensure proper integration with wired voice, data, and video networks.

Telecommunications and Networking will approach the shared use of the 2.4 and 5 GHz portions of the radio frequency spectrum in the same way that they manage the shared use of the wired network. They will actively monitor use of the airspace, and they will seek out users of devices causing harmful interference to the campus network or other FCC licensed service. Devices that may interfere with wireless networking include (but are not limited to) 2.4Ghz cordless phones, consumer-class wireless access points, walkie-talkies and other radio-frequency communications products. Many other kinds of technologies produce radio-frequency interference; examples include microwave ovens, amplifiers, televisions and certain kinds of lighting fixtures. In these cases, the College reserves the right to restrict the use of such devices in college-owned buildings and outdoor spaces on campus if they are found to interfere with the wireless network.

This policy was adopted by the President on January 4, 2005.

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