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It is illegal to download or share copyrighted material without consent of the copyright holder. Each year we receive several notifications of copyright violations. The University of Wisconsin of Oshkosh takes a no tolerance stance on illegally downloading copyrighted material. It is important to educate yourself as to what are legal services and what are not. The University will pursue any copyright violation notification that it receives. If you are found in violation, your ResNet connection will be disabled until the infringement material is deleted from your computer.  A second offense will be dealt with on an individual basis, however your internet will be suspended for a minimum of two weeks.  The excuse of “I didn’t know it was illegal” will not be accepted. Even if you pay for certain programs, you may be paying for the use of the program, not the content provided by the program.  UW Oshkosh also abides by the Higher Education Opportunity Act, which is listed below.

For the complete acceptable use policy please go here.

Higher Education Opportunity Act

H.R 4137 the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), is a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. It includes provisions that are designed to reduce the illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted works through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. These provisions include requirements that:

    • Institutions make an annual disclosure that informs students that the illegal distribution of copyrighted materials may subject them to criminal and civil penalties and describes the steps that institutions will take to detect and punish illegal distribution of copyrighted materials.
    • Institutions certify to the Secretary of Education that they have developed plans to “effectively combat” the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material.
    • Institutions, “to the extent practicable,” offer alternatives to illegal file sharing.
    • Institutions identify procedures for periodically reviewing the effectiveness of the plans to combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials.

Here are some legal alternatives for downloading material within copyright law:



iTunes is a favorite for getting legal music and videos.  With millions of songs, podcasts, TV shows, movies, and games it has something for everyone.  Songs start at $1.29 per song and $2.99 for a TV show.

Go to iTunes for more information.


Pandora is an online radio that tailors to your musical tastes.  You are able to set up a station and rate music to either be played again or never played again.  You are able to put in artists or song titles and it will try to find music to your taste.

To sign up, visit


Spotify is a free service that allows you to search for an artist or song and create an online playlist.  They offer a premium version for students for $5.

Go to to get started.


Hulu offers a wide variety of movies, shows, and movie trailers to view at no cost to the viewer. With the ability to create a personal account, you can create a queue in which to have the movies or shows play in a specific order.

Go to for more information


As an alternative to Hulu, Fancast also offers full TV episodes as well as movies at no cost.
Visit for more information.


Netflix allows users to select from over 100,000 different movie titles and television shows and either have them delivered to the location or stream online directly to their computer or gaming console. With plans starting at as low as $8.99 a month, which allows the user to have hard copies of movies delivered to their home and unlimited streaming, Netflix is a viable and legal alternative to illegal downloading.

Go to to get started.


Any user of a device (computer, gaming console etc) connected to the campus network (either wired or wireless) agrees to be compliant with the following polices as well as the general UW Oshkosh computing policies.  This includes but is not limited to UW Oshkosh’s Acceptable Use of Computer Resources Policy that can be found here.

The following policy statements are intended to augment, not supersede, any additional contractual agreements of conduct or confidentiality to which you may be subject. The Department of Residence Life reserves the right to amend this policy at any time with or without notice. Questions or comments regarding this document should be addressed in written form to the Director of Residence Life and the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Information Technology and Budgets.  Should any of the below policy statements be violated, your Internet service may be suspended.

  • You are required to have a proactive and effective self-updating antivirus program all registered computer.  Should you not have one when you come to campus, the Management Information Office (MIO) suggests using Windows Defender for Windows machines, or Avast Antivirus for Mac machines. 
  • Any software other than SEP (including your operating system) is your sole responsibility.
  • Hardware installation/problems will be solely your responsibility including the backup of your computer data files.
  • You are responsible for taking steps to avoid being either the victim or propagator of computer viruses.  Devices identified as compromised will be quarantined from ResNet until the vulnerability is identified and removed.
  • Abuse of network resources will not be tolerated. This includes any activities that are considered detrimental to the network, other devices on and off campus, or cause excessive traffic (please review the current data policy).
  • You are responsible for all activities conducted through the use of your network connection and devices. This includes actions taken by guests or others having access to your computer or bringing in their own computer. It is recommended that you take suitable precautions such as restricting access to your computer by setting up a strong password.
  • You may not run enterprise level server services on your computer while connected to the network. This includes, but is not limited to, “peer-to-peer” applications, web servers, e-commerce, FTP servers, dial–in (such as PPP and SLIP) access, and/or any system or service that allows a user to access the network via your connection.
  • No personal routers are allowed on the residential network.  This includes wireless routers.  Personal wireless routers interfere with the campus’ wireless network.  Switches are provided in each room for splitting the connection.
  • No user or group should disrupt or interfere with the legitimate access to the network of another user. The network should not be used to harass or intimidate others. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of anonymous and/or forged electronic mail and/or messages.
  • No illegal activity is permitted; this includes downloading and sharing copyrighted material
  • You are not permitted to enter any computer system or access any files stored on a computer system without the expressed permission of the owner of the files and/or the computer system.
  • As effective as encryption technology is, no security system is impenetrable. The MIO cannot guarantee the information you send or receive won’t be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet. Most web browsers allow use of a Secure Socket Layer (“SSL”) connection. The Department of Residence Life and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh are not responsible or liability for personal information that is transferred while using the network. This includes, but is not limited to the loss of credit card information, social security numbers, driver licenses, and bank account numbers.
  • If you experience problems with your network connection, it is your responsibility to notify the ResNet support office within the MIO.
  • Should the MIO help you in anyway (connecting your computer to ResNet or antivirus/spyware help) they are not responsible for any future data loss or problems.
  • Network connectivity may be temporarily suspended at any time for network related problems or violation of policy.


This service is only available when the front desk is open. By using the computer lab, all residents agree to abide by the following rules:

Lab Access:

  • Computer labs can only be accessed during normal hours of operations (7AM-midnight).
  • Only hall residents are allowed to use computer lab resources.
  • Any activity that would disrupt the other users of the computer lab is strictly prohibited (personal phone calls, horseplay, loud or boisterous behavior, using the computer speakers, etc).
  • To gain access to the computer lab you need to scan your own student ID.
    • Allowing others to use your ID to access the lab is strictly prohibited.
    • Do not allow others access the lab without scanning in.
    • You are responsible for any individuals accessing the lab as your guests.
    • Do not prop the door open
    • Users must wear shirt and shoes at all times.
    • Removing any of the equipment and/or furniture from the computer lab is not permitted.
    • Eating, drinking, and the use of tobacco are strictly prohibited in the computer lab.


  • Excessive printing of any kind is prohibited. We limit printing to 20 double-sided pages per job. This includes excessive copies of resumes, personal business materials, power points, etc).
  • Students are able to print to the front desk from their room by installing the ResLife printer from the MyUWO Portal.  It is in the module called ResNet Software.

Hacking, Copyrights

  • Academic research takes priority over personal use such as social networking, gaming, etc.
  • Viewing or displaying what may be deemed adult material will not be tolerated.
  • Using computer lab resources to download, display and/or transfer copyrighted material will not be allowed.
  • Any illegal activity is not permitted, including the downloading of copyrighted material without consent.
  • Any activity deemed as hacking or abusing network resources is prohibited.


Violation of these policies may result in immediate disciplinary actions stated on the UW system student code of conduct, which may include (but are not limited to):

  • A written warning
  • One week suspension of lab privileges
  • One month suspension of lab privileges, with an incident report filed with Residence Life
  • Indefinite suspension from all computer lab access
  • Reimbursement for damaged equipment
  • Referral to Dean of Students Office
  • Referral to University Police for investigation and/or criminal charges.



With roughly 3,000 residents sharing one resource, the data policy is enforced to ensure that each student can use the Internet without suffering quality issues. The current policy has been updated to take in to consideration the additional need of data for each student residing in the resident halls. The data policy is now set to the following:

  • Excessive traffic is not allowed.

To check your data usage the Department of Residence Life provides a monitor located on the MyUWO Student Portal (  You are responsible for monitoring your own traffic to ensure you conform to the policy.  The total amount of traffic allowed is measured per resident, not per device.  All of a resident’s devices will be added together to find the amount of data transferred. Remember that any traffic that goes through a residents’ computer or device is the responsibility of that resident regardless of whether they were the ones causing the traffic.

What counts as bandwidth?

Any traffic coming to or from your machine counts as bandwidth.

  • Ex1. Downloading music, games, and files.
  • Ex2. Streaming programming to your computer from Hulu or any other streaming website.  Even though you are not keeping a copy of this information, it was brought to your computer.
  • Ex3. Streaming Netflix movies to your computer or gaming console.
  • Ex4. Webcam chats (ie Skype)- Also considered inbound traffic.
  • Ex5. File sharing (ie bit torrent, ares)- Also considered inbound traffic.
  • Ex6. Uploading videos or pictures to a website (youtube, facebook)


Every room (with the exception of Taylor Hall, Horizon) will have a switch, power supply and one Internet cable located in it. Switches are used when there are two or more devices that need to be connected to ResNet. Since every room only has one data jack a switch is used to split the Internet connection among roommates or devices.

For instructions on setting up the switch, click here.

Putting duct tape or any other substance on the switch or cables may result in a charge because it damages the cables resulting in them not being able to be used again. Switches are to remain in your room as they are assigned to individual rooms, not residents. Thus if any of these items are missing upon moving out, each roommate will be billed for the replacement.