Pompeu Fabra University participates in mobility projects of academic communications networks with the aim of facilitating telematic access both to members of academic and research institutions when they visit our university and to the members of our university when they visit other institutions. Policies governing the use of networks included in the above-mentioned mobility projects must be complemented and specified for UPF by means of regulations.
Hence, the Board of Governors passed the "Regulations governing the use of the access service to the Pompeu Fabra University wireless network".
Article 1. Object and scope of application
1.1. The access service to the wireless network enables users to connect to the University's electronic resources and to Internet in general via portable devices.
1.2. These regulations are applicable to all users of the access service to the University's wireless network, and its use implies their acceptance of these regulations.
Article 2. Users
The following are considered users of Pompeu Fabra University's wireless network:
- Teaching and research staff (PDI) associated administratively or through employment with UPF.
- Students taking official degrees offered by UPF at its centres.
- Administrative and service staff (PAS) related administratively or through employment with UPF.
- Sporadically, visiting lecturers, congress delegates and the personnel temporarily visiting the University that have been explicitly authorized.
- Expressly authorized personnel pertaining to institutions with which the University has some kind of link.
- Itinerant users: users of organizations pertaining to mobility projects in which the University also participates.
Article 3. Conditions of use of the service
3.1. The access service to the wireless network is offered free of charge and in order to get access to it, users must have the computer or portable device necessary to make a connection. The access service to the wireless network provides its users with the infrastructure and the credentials necessary to gain access to it. The scope of this infrastructure and credentials shall depend on the type of user.
3.2. The University provides access infrastructure at its university campuses to all users. The access service is only provided within the facilities of the University campus, although the medium of transmission used (electromagnetic waves) may go beyond its physical boundaries.
3.3. The university supplies access credentials to the service to users of categories (a), (b), (c) and (d).
Category (e) users shall dispose of access credentials supplied either by the University or by their institution of origin, in the event that this has been agreed to by both institutions.
The University shall not supply access credentials to itinerant users -category (f)-. These credentials, which are necessary to gain access to the service, must be obtained by users at their institution of origin.
The University shall supply access credentials to those users of categories (a), (b) and (c) that visit organizations affiliated to common mobility projects. These credentials will enable users to access the access infrastructure of the institution being visited.
3.4. UPF shall provide IT support to users of categories (a), (b), (c) and (d). In all other cases, users must obtain IT support at their institution of origin.
Article 4. Permitted uses
The wireless network can be used for:
- Activities related with the learning, teaching, research and management inherent in the running of Pompeu Fabra University.
- Activities related with the learning, teaching, research and management inherent in the type of relationship held by the user with the institution, thanks to which the user has obtained the access credentials to the UPF wireless network.
Article 5. Prohibited uses and activities
The wireless network may not be used for the following purposes:
- Actions that upset the normal activity of the other users.
- The use of programmes that enable capturing the traffic circulating on the network without the express consent of the University.
- To interfere with the range of radiofrequencies used by the wireless network.
- To obtain and use the access credentials of others.
- All uses not provided for in article 4, especially those that involve criminal, dishonest or unethical behaviour.
Article 6. User obligations
6.1. It is the users' responsibility:
- To take care of their access credentials so that they cannot be used by third parties.
- To ensure that the computer or portable device used to gain access to the network is free from viruses, trojans and any type of software that may bring about activities/uses that are not permitted.
- To ensure that the computer or portable device used is properly protected against fraudulent attempts to connect received from other users of the wireless network.
6.2. The Computing Service shall provide users with information concerning protection systems and how to set them up.
Article 7. Functions of the Computing Service
7.1. The University's Computing Service has the task of administering and maintaining the necessary hardware and software for the functioning of the University's wireless network. Administration and maintenance include:
- Administering the radioelectric spectrum at the frequencies permitted by law for the uses defined herein. The Computing Service shall coordinate any possible conflicts that may arise in this field and shall represent UPF when there is a need for coordination with other institutions.
- Keeping a record of accesses that shall enable identifying an access credential on the basis of a network address used at a certain time.
- Ensuring that the validation of access credentials is carried out in an encrypted manner without being accessible to any third party.
- Making public the services ('portals') permitted on the wireless network. These services shall be those recommended for the mobility initiatives being participated in, and those whose particular needs of UPF so warrant shall be incorporated thereto.
- The remaining functions provided for in these regulations and any others necessary for their application.
7.2. The Computing Service may interrupt the wireless network for maintenance purposes, and to replace or repair equipment. These tasks shall be carried out so that they affect users to a minimum, and a minimum of three days' notice of such shall be given, except in cases of force majeure.
7.3. Prior to the installation of any access point on the wireless network, a process of collecting information shall be initiated whose duration will be at least a fortnight in order to allow users, if they so wish, to address their suggestions or make contributions.
7.4. The University shall publish the radioelectric measurements generated by the access points.
Article 8. User responsibilities
8.1. In the event of non-compliance with these regulations, the head of the Computing Service may decide to temporarily suspend access to the network for a maximum period of a calendar fortnight, duly notifying the affected party. The vice-rector responsible for these matters, having heard (the version of) the user, shall agree to cancel such measure, increase it or suspend the user indefinitely, notwithstanding the application of any applicable disciplinary rules. Users are responsible for the damages that misusing the service may cause.
8.2. The University shall sanction members of the university community, in accordance with the disciplinary rules applicable, for failure to comply with these regulations, notwithstanding the civil or criminal liabilities that may be incurred.