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Network Traffic Policy

  1. Students should be aware that their network usage is constantly monitored, even at the weekend and there is NO Free Download Time. When a student's network traffic approaches 1.5GB on any one day, a one-off warning will be sent to the student. The student is expected to desist downloading data immediately and get in touch with the Computer Officers.
  2. Any network traffic exceeding 1.5GB on any one day will be investigated and could lead to the student being disconnected. Decisions will be treated on an individual basis based on the nature of the traffic. Non-academic usage of the network (e.g. downloading music or video files, streaming music, tv or video files, listening to radio stations or using file sharing software, connecting devices such as smart TVs, games consoles and wifi enabled speakers or printers) will usually lead to a disconnection.
  3. Network traffic exceeding 2GB on any one-day or traffic exceeding 1.5GB per day over a period of days will usually lead to an immediate disconnection.
  4. Students that have been disconnected for network abuse will be required to go and see the Senior Tutor and explain their actions in order to get reconnected. The reconnection fee is £25 for first time offenders.
  5. Repeat offences and malicious abuse of the network will be referred to the Dean as a disciplinary action. The Fellow in Charge of Computing will liaise with the Dean about the issue of adequate fines.
  6. Students who need to download large amount of data for academic purposes or system upgrades should contact the Computer Officers at least 24hrs beforehand stating the exact nature of the download and the expected amount of data transmitted.
  7. Students must follow University Computing Services rules as well as the college rules. The University rules can be read at: