ResNet RUP

UC Santa Cruz
ResNet Responsible Use Policy

(rev August 2014)

UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) Colleges, Housing and Educational Services, in partnership with Information Technology Services provides Residential Network services (ResNet) in the residential halls and apartments, Family Student Housing, the Village, the Camper Park and the University Town Center in support of the educational mission of UC Santa Cruz. It is the responsibility of each resident to use ResNet appropriately and in compliance with all University, City, County, State and Federal regulations.

Violations of this policy constitute unacceptable behavior and may result in loss of access to ResNet, electronic information resources (eIRs), corrective or disciplinary action in accordance with existing University personnel policies, bargaining agreements, guidelines, and the Code of Student Conduct (Sec. 100), and additional consequences of prosecution under the law.

Residents are personally responsible for the use of the network connection in their room, including themselves, by guests and all use via network devices.

ResNet is a shared resource. Campus network administrators monitor network traffic and bandwidth usage for the purposes of assuring both proper security and operation of the network and fair allocation of its resources. Network administrators identify anomalies in traffic, such as spikes in usage, and follow up as appropriate. Devices that disrupt or interfere with the campus network or its use by others may be blocked or disconnected per UCSC's Procedures for Blocking Network Access.

UCSC’s “Acceptable Use Policy” identifies appropriate and inappropriate use of UCSC eIRs and includes:

Campus units that administer computers may also establish guidelines for the appropriate use of their equipment in addition to these campus wide policies. These guidelines must be consistent with campus wide policies.

Individuals who use the ResNet services must abide by the following guidelines:

  • All ResNet users must download and install the SafeConnect program on supported operating systems to gain access to the wired network. SafeConnect logs userid, date/time and system information about ResNet users’ network connections. These records are used to ensure the security and operation of ResNet as well as to respond to copyright infringement notices. Exceptions to the use of SafeConnect must be authorized by the ResNet Manager.
  • Computers used on ResNet must be configured to acquire their IP network address automatically from UCSC servers. Devices that cannot acquire an IP address automatically may not be used on ResNet.
  • Wireless network devices must use WPA-PSK encryption and not cause a disruption of ResNet or the campus network (wired or wireless). The SSID (name) of a wireless network device can not be one that may appear to be an official UCSC campus network (example: cruznet1, eduroam1, etc).
  • The SSID (name) of a wireless network device must align to the UCSC Principles of Community.
  • Ethernet devices are provided with a unique hardware address at the time they are manufactured. Equipment used on ResNet must use a manufacturer assigned address. Equipment that uses an address of all zeros, or changes its address is not allowed on ResNet.
  • Use of ResNet to make copyrighted materials available on the network in a manner contrary to copyrights or license agreements is prohibited regardless of the source of the copied materials. For more information, please see
  • ResNet may not be used for commercial purposes, for personal financial gain, nor may the services be exchanged for money or any other thing of value. Advertising of the availability for sale of miscellaneous used personal property belonging to the resident is not commercial within the meaning of this paragraph.
  • ResNet may not be used to provide services that may potentially disrupt the operation of the UCSC campus network.
  • Users may not intercept or monitor network communications of others.
  • Users may not use their computers or ResNet to harass others. This includes activity with the purpose of denying another user the use of the network. Harassment is a violation of the campus Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Extension of ResNet from the wall outlet is permitted. Ethernet service may be extended from its wall outlet with a twisted pair drop cord (Ethernet Cable) up to 10 meters (33 feet) long. Residents are required to provide their own Ethernet cables.
  • Any electrical equipment installed by occupants, such as computers, routers, gaming stations, extension cords, etc, must be UL listed. Any modification or unauthorized repairs to phone or data wiring in the residence halls is considered destruction of University property.

This list is not exhaustive and may be modified at any time.

Questions about this policy may be addressed to the ResNet Manager, at 831-459-4638 or via email at

ResNet website
UC Minimum Security Standard
Policy for Acceptable Use of UCSC Electronic Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy)
UCSC Plan for Combating Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials
Copyright Education
UCSC ITS Routine System Monitoring Practices
Student Policies & Regulations Handbook
UCSC Principles of Community
Procedures for Blocking Network Access