As outlined in the Information Technology Responsible Use Policy, NOUN network may only be used by authorized persons for university-related business in a manner consistent with University Information Technology Services guidelines.

Because it is the responsibility of DICT to provide security, ensure appropriate use, and allocate access to network resources and bandwidth in an equitable manner, it has laid out several guidelines to help users understand the specifics regarding connecting devices to the network. These guidelines supplement the Responsible Use Policy. 

1. Users may only connect to the network from those locations that NOUN, or its designees, has specified as connectivity points: voice/data jacks or separate demarcation points. These connections are limited to end-point devices such as PCs, notebooks, workstations, printers, or other terminating devices.

2. Users may not extend or modify the network in any way by installing devices such as repeaters, bridges, switches, routers, gateways, wireless access points, or permanent hubs. These devices extend a single network connection into additional unmanaged connection points and are thus prohibited unless specific permission has been obtained from DICT, or its designees.

3. Users may not install mail servers without first discussing their project requirements with DICT. These devices can be used as open relays by outside e-mail firms and `spammers', making it appear that NOUN generated the mailing. Many firms block all e-mail from such originating organizations, putting NOUN at serious risk of e-mail service disruption and possible litigation. Any mail servers found not registered may be blocked by DICT staff.

4. Users are encouraged to let DICT, or its designees, know when they install Web, application, music, or other types of servers or devices designed to provide file, print, application, or access services. DICT can assist with best practices and management issues involving security and maintenance.

5. Users must use network services provided by DICT, or its designees, and not attempt to provision network services such as IP address assignment (i.e., DHCP servers), DNS, or other management services.

Any piece of equipment that is found in violation of these guidelines may be subject to immediate disconnection from the network and the owner/operator may be held liable for an infraction of the Responsible Use Policy.