Self-managed Machines Policy

Network connections for users' self-managed machines (including personal machines) are made subject to the following conditions:

  1. All access is subject to the University's Computing Regulations. By connecting to the network you are agreeing to be bound by these regulations.
  2. Machines which are found to be disrupting the service for other users, or which are observed or reported to be compromised, or where users otherwise breach these conditions will normally be disconnected from the network until such time as any issues are resolved.
  3. Users must abide by the School's policies applicable at the time.
  4. Users are reminded that they must comply with all relevant statutory provisions, in particular the Computer Misuse Act 1990, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Note that the Head of School's explicit permission may be required for certain activities, even on self-managed machines, so that the University's statutory obligations are met. Seek advice if in doubt.
  5. In order to comply with the University's Policy on the Storage, Transmission and Use of Personal Data it is required that users encrypt any Personal Data held on portable devices, including laptops, CDs, DVDs and USB memory sticks.
  6. Users must abide by the various Acceptable Use Policies of any networks they access or traverse. Note in particular that all external-to-EdLAN traffic is carried over the JANET network (the UK-wide academic network) and is subject to the JANET AUP.
  7. Users must ensure that the software and systems on their machines are kept fully patched and appropriately configured against security vulnerabilities. If they use a system which is prone to viruses, they must ensure that they have adequate and current protection installed.
  8. Users must ensure that they disable any wireless access-point-type behaviour. Users may associate with existing wireless networks, but must not create new wireless networks without prior agreement.
  9. Users are reminded that to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and its associated Regulations, all mains-powered equipment is required to undergo a periodic electrical safety test. Equipment which fails such a test must not be used.

Please send in a support request in the usual way if you would like to discuss your self-managed machines.

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