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We live in a connected world and have come to depend on the computer on our desk to function properly as part of our work and daily interactions with one another. Unfortunately, the internet is increasingly full of spam, viruses, and other invasive software that is designed to disrupt your computer without you ever knowing about it. In fact, approximately 90% of the 200,000 email messages received at the College every day are spam and/or contain a virus designed to harm your computer.

As part of our ongoing efforts to create a safe and secure network, anyone using the campus network is required to register their computer before gaining access to the network. Your computer will be scanned for known vulnerabilities. If your system is found to be susceptible to internet viruses and related malicious software you will be asked to install patches to your operating system and/or update your virus definition files before you can use the College network.

The registration process only applies to computers that are physically connected to our campus network - computers that are physically in a campus building or using a wireless connection. It does NOT apply to computers that access our network remotely from off-campus.

A Few Words About Privacy

The registration process does NOT scan, touch or in any way "look at" any individual files or file directories on your computer. Rather, it checks the "perimeter" of the computer and looks across the software ports on the computer to locate known vulnerabilities that would invite a worm or virus to infect the computer.

Computers today are complicated machines that use a seemingly endless number of "ports" to enable software programs (web browsing, email, file sharing, etc.) to interact with the internet. These "ports" are set to either on or off depending on the default setting and the program. The registration system simply closes ports that should be closed that have been identified by the industry as being vulnerable to worms and viruses. It does not actually place the virus protection software on the computer. You still need to do that and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you install the proper virus protection on your computer if you have not already done so.

Virus Protection

The College has a site license for System Center Endpoint Protection (Mac & Windows) so that all of our machines are protected. 


What Is Expected of of Our Network Users?

You will not be able to read your email or perform any other network activity until the registration/scanning process is complete.

We ask that you:

  • Read and acknowledge understanding of the College's Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Acknowledge that you will perform all necessary antivirus scans, updates, and patches to your operating system to make sure it is up to date.
  • Acknowledge that you have or will immediately obtain the College supplied auto-updating anti-virus software (Symantec) and understand that you are obligated to use this software on a regular basis.
  • Agree to completing this network registration process on a periodic basis.
  • Be aware that if you use the wireless network you will need to register your system on the wireless network as well: Wireless Network Policy.
  • Ensure that you have a valid Franklin & Marshall College NetID and password.

How Does it Work?

Network registration associates your computer with your Franklin & Marshall College NetID. Until your computer is registered, you will only have access to the network registration web site.

As part of the registration process, your computer will be scanned for known vulnerabilities. The scanning process will determine whether or not your system is at risk. Network access is functional only AFTER a successful scan.

If your computer is found to be at risk for virus/malicious software, your system will be quarantined and you will be presented with a web page that contains directions on how to fix the vulnerabilities found on your computer. Once the fixes have been applied, your system will be rescanned.

Once your system has passed the scanning process you will be presented with the network registration web pages. You will be asked to supply your Franklin & Marshall College NetID and password.

Once registered you will be allowed to proceed with normal network activities (e.g., email, surfing the web, accessing eDisk).

If you replace your computer or get a new network card in your computer you will be prompted to re-register the system since your network identification has changed.

To register:

  • Connect your computer to the network via wireless or ethernet.
  • Launch the web browser of your choice and connect to www.fandm.edu.
  • The registration process begins automatically.
  • Follow the supplied directions.


PLEASE NOTE: To maximize the probability of a successful scan, follow our tips outlined here:

Connecting to the Franklin & Marshall College Network

This policy defines the appropriate use of Franklin & Marshall (F&M) information assets. Those that violate this policy are subject to the full range of sanctions set forth in the Student Handbook, the Employee Policy Guide as well as local, state, and federal laws. At their discretion, the F&M Committee on Information Technology reserves the right to modify this policy at any point in time.

Information security requires the participation and support from all members of the F&M community with access to information assets. It is the responsibility of every member of the F&M community to help ensure that all information assets are kept secure and available.

Audience

This policy applies to all members of the F&M community, which includes, but is not limited to employees, students, visitors, volunteers, third parties, contractors, consultants, clients, temporaries, and others (collectively known as "users"), who have access to, support, administer, manage, or maintain F&M information assets.

Policy Maintenance

The F&M Committee on Administrative Computing and the Committee on Academic Technology will review this policy on an annual basis. All revisions will be presented to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for approval.

Policy Statement

In support of its mission of teaching, research, and public service, F&M provides access to information assets for users. Access to these information assets is a privilege granted to the members of the F&M community and is vital to performing their daily tasks. Therefore, proper use and protection of F&M's information assets is essential to F&M's operations.
It is each user's responsibility and obligation to ensure that all computing and communications resources are used only for its intended purpose and that information contained or transmitted via these resources are protected from unauthorized use, appropriation, or corruption. F&M also recognizes that local, state, and federal laws relating to copyright, security, and intellectual property bind all members of the F&M community. The College reserves the right to limit or restrict computing privileges and access to its information assets.

User Responsibility

Those who use F&M's information assets must act responsibly. Every user is responsible for the integrity of these resources. All users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the physical facilities and controls, and respect all pertinent license and contractual agreements.
F&M information assets are to be used for the College-related activities for which they are designed. The College provides each member of the academic community ample file and web space to disseminate legal content. Under no circumstances shall these resources be used to distribute copyrighted material whether it is images, music, software, movies, or any other digital content. The use of the College network, file, or web services to offer goods or services of a commercial nature is strictly forbidden.

Internet Use

Internet access is made available to members of the F&M community. Users must be familiar with the risks associated with accessing the Internet. The lack of confidentiality or integrity of information accessed or sent via the Internet. Users must be aware that when browsing the Internet, each web server can obtain information relating to the individual, the computer that they were using, and the other web locations that have been visited during a browsing session. Therefore, discretion must be used in determining which web sites to visit from an F&M system. Users must use discretion when posting information using company addresses on public Internet sites. Users must not disseminate any data classified as sensitive or confidential over the Internet that is not encrypted.

Web Servers

Proper approval is necessary before implementing new web servers and electronic bulletin boards. A Webmaster must be delegated and is responsible for moving approved information to the information server. Information and/or application servers will not be implemented if the security risks outweigh the benefit of providing such access via the Internet.

Anti-Virus Software

As part of F&M's ongoing efforts to create a safe and secure network, all computers are required to be registered on the campus network. As part of this process, all computers are scanned for known vulnerabilities. If a system is found to be susceptible to Internet viruses and related malicious software, the necessary vendor supplied patches need to be installed and all virus definitions need to be updated prior to being granted access to the campus network. F&M supplied anti-virus software needs to be enabled on all systems commonly affected by viruses.

Electronic mail (E-mail)

All E-mail accounts using the fandm.edu domain name and all data transferred or stored using F&M's e-mail capabilities are the property of the College. As such, e-mail messages are considered part of company records and, upon legal request, are subject to monitoring, auditing, and discovery. Information transferred from F&M's email address will be treated with the same standards as information on F&M's letterhead. Therefore, when composing e-mail messages, users must comply with all policies regarding the acceptable use of F&M's information assets.

Inappropriate Use of E-mail

Any inappropriate e-mail is prohibited. Users receiving such e-mail should immediately contact the ITS Call Center at 717-358-4483 or . In the case of serious risks or harm, contact the Office of Public Safety at 717-291-3939. Examples of the inappropriate use of e-mail:

  • The creation and exchange of messages which are harassing, obscene, or threatening;
  • The unauthorized exchange of proprietary information or any other sensitive or confidential information;
  • The creation and exchange of advertisements, solicitations, chain letters and other unofficial, unsolicited e-mail;
  • The creation and exchange of information in violation of any laws, including copyright laws, or F&M policies;
  • The knowing transmission of a message containing a computer virus;
  • The misrepresentation of the identity of the sender of an e-mail; and
  • The use or attempt to use the accounts of others without their permission.

Peer to Peer File Sharing

Members of the college community who choose to connect their personal computers to the campus network are responsible for the usage of their computer. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing programs must not be installed on information systems that are used to connect to the campus network. Although P2P technologies are themselves not illegal, such technologies are used overwhelmingly for the unauthorized downloading and uploading of copyrighted works. There is an appeal mechanism in place with the Chief Information Officer if a member of the college community feels they have a legitimate need to use P2P file sharing programs in order to complete their academic responsibilities or successfully do their job at the College. Further, impersonation, anonymity, spoofing, and any other methods of hiding ones true identify in order to mislead, harass, or avoid detection is prohibited.

User Agreement

I agree to the user obligations described above and agree not to use F&M's computer systems or the network in any way that diminishes the effectiveness of the network (examples: using a system to "attack" another, harnessing a disproportionate amount of our internet connection for P2P applications) or interferes with the reasonable and private use of those systems by others. I acknowledge the right of Franklin & Marshall, and its designated staff, to inspect, when necessary as a function of responsible system management, all files stored on the College's information assets.
I understand that upon violation of the terms of this agreement the College, through Information Technology Services, retains the right to deny future computing privileges. I understand that I may also be subject to further disciplinary action by the College, as well as legal action by the owners and licensers of proprietary software for violation of copyright laws and license agreements.