Colorado School of Mines
Campus Wireless Network Infrastructure Policy


Executive Summary

This policy assigns responsibility for the design, deployment, management, coordination, and
operation of the campus wireless network infrastructure including 802.11 and related and future
wireless network technologies and the use of frequencies that can, do, or have the potential to
interfere with the performance or operation of the wireless network on the Colorado School of
Mines campus to Academic Computing and Networking (AC&N). This authority and
responsibility is designated to AC&N in order to ensure appropriate technical coordination and
management of the infrastructure that is used to deliver services that use these technologies.

Rationale

While 802.11 and related wireless technologies are easy to deploy, they are sensitive to
interference from overlapping frequencies. There are three non-overlapping channels available in
the 802.11 air space. To most effectively create a seamless wireless network with maximum
bandwidth, careful planning and network design is necessary, so technical coordination and
central management is required.
Connecting wireless devices to the campus network has significant implications for network
security. Since wireless devices provide network access to those connecting through the device,
it is important that each device/user connecting to the network authenticate with the network. In
addition, incorrectly configured wireless access points cause problems for network operation or
performance in a variety of ways, such as providing invalid services (for example, a DHCP server
providing invalid IP addresses.)
Scope

This Wireless Policy provides guidelines and requirements for the following:
1. Deployment of 802.11 and related wireless standards access points
2. Management of 802.11 and related wireless technologies
3. Deployment of any devices operating at frequencies that are determined to interfere with
the operation or performance of the campus wireless network.
Policy

1. Academic Computing and Networking has the sole authority for designing,
implementing, and operating all 802.11 and related wireless network infrastructure for the
campus.
a. AC&N is responsible for the deployment and management of 802.11 and related
wireless standards access points on the campus.
b. AC&N recognizes that the CSM Telecommunications Department operates the
Companion wireless phone service in the 1.92 to 1.93 Ghz range. AC&N will
work with Telecommunications to maintain current services and deploy future
wireless voice services.
c. No department, student group, individual, or organization may install or deploy
any 802.11 or related wireless standards access points on the CSM campus
(including campus housing) without coordination through and approval from
AC&N networking staff.
d. No department, student group, individual, or organization may install or deploy
any device or service on the CSM campus (including campus housing) that does,
or has the potential, to interfere with the campus wireless network infrastructure
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managed by AC&N without coordination through and approval from AC&N
networking staff. This includes devices that are not attached to the campus
network but may interfere with wireless access points managed by AC&N.
2. Only individuals authorized by CSM through Academic Computing & Networking may
use the campus wireless network.
3. Academic Computing and Networking will offer a standard wireless deployment plan that
is expected to meet the needs of most departments, student groups, individuals, or campus
organizations that wish to use wireless services.
a. Departments or campus organizations requiring a different wireless deployment
plan (for technical reasons) may contact AC&N to request that AC&N construct
and operate, if feasible, a premium wireless service to accommodate their special
technical needs. Lower-cost wireless access points are not an acceptable reason
for an alternate deployment plan. Departments must contract with AC&N for the
purchase, implementation and maintenance of any approved alternate wireless
deployment.
4. Academic Computing and Networking will manage all network-attached and 802.11 and
related wireless standards access points.
a. AC&N will ensure that all wireless services deployed on campus will adhere to
campus-wide standards for access control.
b. AC&N will manage the wireless spectrum in a manner that ensures the greatest
interoperability and roaming ability for all individuals wishing to use the wireless
technology.
c. AC&N will centralize the process of authentication and security for wireless
users.
5. Academic Computing and Networking is authorized to disconnect and remove, without
warning, any unauthorized wireless access devices it discovers that are attached to the
CSM network.
6. Academic Computing and Networking is authorized to direct a department, student
group, organization, or individual to remove or disable any device not previously
approved by AC&N that is not attached to the campus network that is determined to be
interfering with the operation or performance of the campus wireless network.
Procedures

Any department, organization, or individual wishing to deploy wireless technology where it is not
already provided must contact AC&N networking staff by sending a request via email to
network@mines.edu. AC&N will evaluate the request and work with the department,
organization, or individual to develop a plan for purchase, implementation, and management.

Policy Enforcement

1. AC&N may, without warning, deactivate, disconnect, and/or remove unauthorized
network devices of any kind, including wireless access points if they are connected to the
campus network or if they are not connected to the campus network but are determined to
be interfering with the operation of the campus wireless network.
2. AC&N is charged with monitoring and enforcing the provisions of this policy.
3. Appeals regarding decisions or enforcement actions should be directed to the Vice
President for Academic Affairs.
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