Airspace Policy

Account Retention

Wireless Guest Access

Computer Purchasing Policy

Lab or Classroom Software Changes

  

University Airspace Policy

 

Lipscomb University maintains a wireless data network for a portion of its campus to provide local campus network and Internet access for its students and employees. Over the next few years that network is expected to grow to cover all academic and administrative buildings on campus as well as part of the outdoor common areas. The network uses the FCC unlicensed 2.4 and 5.1 GHz frequencies defined in IEEE specifications 802.11a/b/g. Many other devices, such as cable-modem/routers, cordless telephones and wireless speakers, also operate in this frequency range. The unmanaged use of these devices may potentially interfere with Lipscomb’s wireless data network and cause users to experience poor performance or not have the network available at all. Additionally, because the signal from these devices can travel outside the building where they are located, unmanaged wireless access points can allow unauthorized access and can compromise the security of the wired network. In order to ensure the availability, integrity, reliability, and security of the Lipscomb wireless network the wireless airspace will be solely administered by the Lipscomb Information Technology. In order to protect the data network, the following policies are outlined below:

  • Only wireless access points approved and managed by IT are allowed to connect to the wired data network.
  • Wireless access points, cable-modem/routers, Apple AirPort Base Stations, or computers configured to act as one of these devices are banned from use on campus, even if they are not directly connected to the wired data network.
  • Other devices, such as cordless phones and wireless games controllers, that broadcast and receive using the same 2.4 or 5.1 GHz frequencies as the wireless data network may cause interference and are not allowed on campus.
  • Only students and employees of Lipscomb University are authorized to use wireless networking on campus. To protect the users and Lipscomb’s wired data network, IT may implement data encryption and authentication security measures that must be followed by all users in order to access the wireless network.
  • The university assumes no responsibility to compensate you for any direct or incidental costs related to requiring that the use of the interfering equipment be terminated on University owned or managed property.
     

Employee Account Retention

Retention of Lipscomb University Faculty Network and Email Accounts

Lipscomb Faculty network and email accounts will remain active for one year after the last term the faculty member taught at Lipscomb University. After one year has passed, the account and all data contained therein will be deleted. This one year timeframe is designed to allow faculty who regularly teach a course only once a year to have continuous network and email use but will allow the space used by those who teach less frequently to be recycled.
An email notification of the impending termination will be sent to the Lipscomb email account at least a month prior to the date of account termination to allow time to move any needed data. Assistance with archiving email or data from your network or email account is available by contacting the HelpDesk.    
Retention of Lipscomb University Staff Network and Email Accounts
Lipscomb University Staff network and email accounts will be terminated upon ending employment with the University.  The date of termination of the account will be determined by the supervisor of the staff member leaving in order to allow a transfer of data to the employee's replacement and to continue University business. Upon departure, all employees should work with their supervisor to set up an appropriate Out of Office reply to notify of the employee's departure and the interim point of contact.  Assistance setting up this reply can be obtained from Technical Support by contacting the HelpDesk
 

Wireless Network Guest Access

Frequently we have off-campus visitors who need access to Lipscomb University's wireless network from a personal (i.e., non-Lipscomb-owned) laptop or device.  Lipscomb University Employees can look up the current username and password for our Wireless Guest Access and give it to guests.  To look up the current username and password, please log in to myLipscomb and view the "Wireless Guest Password" weekly announcement in the "Personal Announcements" channel on the myLipscomb tab (for security purposes, you must be an employee of Lipscomb to receive the announcement).
 
Wireless guest access can only be used to log onto the wireless network and cannot log onto any school-owned computers.  The normal wireless access restrictions will apply (The following are blocked: peer-to-peer file sharing, inappropriate websites, etc.). 

Lab and Classroom software

All Requests for additions or changes to software installed on University classroom or lab computers must be submitted with the following form. The form along with all licensing documentation and media should be submitted to Information Technology a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the beginning of the term the software is intended for use.

If you need assistance completing the form or have questions on what is currently installed on classroom or lab system, please contact the HelpDesk.