Internet Usage Policy

The connection from the campus to the Internet is a very important resource. Access must be protected and prioritized to meet the overall goals of providing educational programs in technology based disciplines, conducting research, outreach and administrative needs. Information Technology (IT) reserves the right to prioritize, and if necessary, filter traffic to ensure that the goals of the university mission are supported. The IT philosophy regarding campus bandwidth is that all available bandwidth should be utilized, but once saturation or near-saturation conditions exist, priority will go to traffic which aligns most closely with the core mission of the University.


Internet Traffic

All network traffic that goes to or comes from off-campus systems which are not connected via remote access services is considered to be Internet traffic. This includes Internet 2 connected sites. The primary purpose for the University's Internet connectivity is to aid with the campus' research and educational mission.


Traffic Classification

IT is responsible for ensuring that this delicate resource is available to support the campus mission. Because of this, traffic related to educational endeavors, sponsored research, and campus administrative needs is classified as priority traffic. All other traffic will be considered as non-priority traffic and is not guaranteed. A best effort will be made to allow non-priority traffic to transit the campus connection to the Internet. However, IT reserves the right to further prioritize or filter this traffic as necessary to maintain the stability and availability of the Internet connection for priority traffic.


Internet Use

All internet use is subject to federal and state laws, as well as UM System policy and University Acceptable Use Policy. Personal use of the Internet is allowed, provided it does not put excessive load on the network. Internet access may be restricted or revoked to individuals using excessive Internet bandwidth, violating any law, University of Missouri or University policy.


Actions which could affect the user:

Misuse of University computing facilities will be dealt with on a case by case basis. The users subject to charges of misuse will be dealt with in a manner consistent with the laws of the state of Missouri, the policies of the University of Missouri and the Bylaws of the Missouri S&T General Faculty. The Information Security Officer is responsible for making these misuses known to the appropriate University administrators. The Information Security Officer may impose temporary restrictions on the offender's computer access in order to ensure that the network remains stable and secure for all University users.


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