Computing Rules

All users of computing facilities within Balliol are subject to the College Computing Rules, University Rules and Statutes, JANET rules and UK law. Please read the following sections. Breaches of rules will result in fines and other disciplinary action.

General

1. Users are subject to:

  • All JANET rules JANET Acceptible Use Policy
  • All Oxford University IT Regulations Oxford University Statutes
  • All Oxford University Computing Services’ rules

Please click here to review these rules.

Concerning hardware

2. No network socket may be used without the knowledge of the ICT Department.

3. Only the assigned IP number may be used.

4. No equipment other than a single network card in a personal computer may be connected to the network socket.

5. The use of all wireless LANs or wireless equipment is banned, except connection to the Eduroam or OWL Wireless Services.

6. No hardware or software may be used which compromises the security of the network or the privacy of users.

The state and status of computers

7. It is mandatory that users MUST install a virus checker and keep it up to date monthly (a free virus checker is available from the University); this includes Apple Mac operating systems.  

8. It is mandatory that users MUST keep their operating system up to date with security patches (e.g. Windows update, free over the network). Microsoft Windows XP and Mac OS versions including and prior to 10.6 will not be allowed on the network. Please ensure you have an up-to-date operating system installed. Also note that Microsoft Windows Vista will not be allowed on the network from 1 April 2017, and that any machine that has Microsoft Windows 8 should be updated to 8.1 immediately.

9. Users with computers in their rooms are responsible for the content of their computer and to any use to which their computer has been put.

10. Users who share their computer resources are not recognised as System Administrators and may not act in that privileged position in respect of the University Security and Privacy Policy.

11. College will not recognise any obligations made to outside parties concerning the use of a computer attached to the College network.

12. The network may not be used for commercial purposes.

Peer-to-peer programs and file sharing

13. The use of iTunes to share music (not video), which does not infringe copyright, across College, is permitted provided that the iTunes shares are password protected. The rules concerning peer-to-peer (P2P) software do not apply to iTunes.

14. The unauthorised use of peer-to-peer resource-sharing software on machines connected the Oxford University network is prohibited.

15. Users must REMOVE all programs from their computers which involve peer-to-peer file sharing.

16. Users may NOT have open shares on their computers; all shares must be password protected. iTunes (music) shares must be password protected.

17. Users may NOT download or exchange music or movies, including those from legitimate subscription services, using the College or University network. iTunes™ (music) and Internet radio are permitted but may be curtailed if necessary because of significant traffic.

Network services

18. Users may NOT run:

  • mail servers (e.g. imapd, smtp)
  • network support services (e.g. DNS, DHCP, BOOTP servers)
  • games servers without the permission of the IT Manager
  • web servers (e.g. http, https) without authorisation from the IT Manager
  • their own wireless networks. Devices that are found to be transmitting a wireless signal will be disallowed from the network

A reasonably comprehensive list of forbidden P2P programs includes:

    µTorrent
    ABC
    Acquisition
    Adagio
    Alliance
    AllPeers
    Amicima
    aMule
    ANts P2P
    ApexDC++
    Applejuice
    Ares
    Ares Galaxy
    Audiogalaxy
    Avalanche
    Azureus
    BCDC++
    BearShare
    BitComet
    BitLord
    BitSpirit
    BitTornado
    BITTORRENT
    Blubster
    Burst!
    Cabos
    CAKE
    Caribou
    Chord
    CoolStreaming
    Coral
    Cybersky-TV
    DC++
    Dijjer
    Direct Connect
    EarthStation 5

    eDonkey
    eDonkey2000
    eMule
    eMule Plus
    Entropy
    expressLoad
    FastTrack
    Filecroc
    FileScope
    FileTopia
    FlashGet
    FreeCast
    Freenet
    FrostWire
    G3 Torrent
    giFT
    Gnucleus
    GNUnet
    GNUnet-gtk
    Gnutella
    Gnutella2
    Grokster
    Groove
    gtk-gnutella
    Halite
    Hamachi
    Hydranode
    IceShare
    iFolder
    iMesh
    iMesh Light
    IRC
    Joost
    Jubster
    JXTA
    Kad network

    Kazaa
    Kazaa Lite
    KCeasy
    Key network
    Kiwi Alpha
    KoffeePhoto
    konspire2b
    KONTIKI (Sky)
    Krawler[x]
    KTorrent
    LIMEWIRE
    lMule
    Lphant
    Madster/Aimster
    Mammoth
    MLDonkey
    mlMac
    Mnet
    MojoNation
    Morpheus
    MUTE
    Napigator
    Napshare
    NEO Network
    NeoModus Direct Connect
    Octoshape
    Omemo
    OpenFT
    OpenNap
    Opera
    Overnet
    PeerCast
    Peersites
    PeerStream
    Perfect Dark
    P-Grid
    Phex

    Piolet
    Poisoned
    PPLive
    Pruna
    QTorrent
    Rawflow
    Retroshare
    rtorrent
    Scour
    Shareaza
    Solipsis
    soribada
    Soulseek
    SPIN
    StrongDC++
    Swapper
    Swarmcast
    The Circle
    Transmission
    Tribler
    TrustyFiles
    TVants
    TVUPlayer
    Warez P2P
    WASTE
    WinMX
    Winny
    xMule
    XoloX
    ZEPP
    Zultrax

    If in doubt, ask the ICT Department.