SafeConnect is a network access control technology the university is using on the Residential Network to provide wired network services that comply with UCSC's Minimum Network Connectivity Requirements on the Residential Network.
User privacy and confidentiality is an important philosophy that UCSC shares with the individual users of the campus network. As such, SafeConnect is used only for the purpose of establishing a consistent security baseline and protecting University assets. It is not used for any other purpose, such as monitoring users' systems or network activity. Campus IT staff do regularly monitor transmissions for the purpose of ensuring integrity, reliability and security of university computing resources. Please see UCSC's ITS Routine System Monitoring Practices Campus for more information.
SafeConnect will require users to authenticate with a username and password before allowing them to use network services. When you authenticate, the system records which network address you were assigned and how long you used it. Your username, password and specific things that you do online are not retained on the system logs.
Your username and password are your keys to the network; don't share them with anyone. You are responsible for all acts performed using your account, including copyright violations. This includes sharing a personally owned wireless router's password with your roommates, apartment mates or visiting guests. If you are concerned that someone may be able to use your account, change your password immediately.