WMU Wireless Rules for Acceptable Use

Responsible officeInformation Technology
Enforcement officialSr Director, Infrastructure Services

Statement of Rule

The Office of Information Technology has implemented wireless at WMU. This system, located throughout campus, allows access to the WMU computing network and services from compatible computing devices, it also means that a portion of radio airspace at WMU serves as the transport medium for a part of the campus network.

Accordingly, certain computing policies apply to that segment of the radio airspace on campus.

1. Purpose of Rule

Sets forth the rules for using the WMU wireless network and alerts members of the WMU community to the potential problems that could result from devices using the same radio frequencies.

2. Stakeholders most impacted by the rule

This Rule applies to all users of the WMU Wireless network.

3. Key Definitions

3.1. Wi-Fi is the radio technology deployed on wireless local area networks. WMU Wireless uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Industrial/Scientific/Medical (ISM) bands. Certain other wireless devices also employ the same frequencies and can cause interference to wireless network devices.

3.2. Internet is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.

4. Full Rule Details

4.1. Individuals connecting to WMU wireless will have to acknowledge and accept the WMUnet Acceptable Use Policy.

4.2. Commercial use of this resource is prohibited.

4.3. Act responsibility and practice due diligence while you are connected to the Internet through the WMU Wireless network.

4.4. This network is a shared resource, thus network use or applications and hardware that inhibit or interfere with the use of this network by others are not permitted.

5. Accountability

The Office of Information Technology reserves the right to terminate any network connection without notice should it be determined that network traffic generated from said connection unfavorably inhibits or interferes with the use of the network by others or ask that an individual unplug or disconnect a device that is causing interference with the wireless network or is in violation with university policy.

Users are encouraged to monitor the use of devices, not connected to the WMU Wireless network, that utilizes and may cause interference such as audio speakers, LED lighting devices, etc. Information technology needs help from the WMU community in minimizing potential interference from such devices. While IT will not actively monitor the use of the airspace for potential interfering devices, we will seek out the user of a specific device if neighboring users report interference or related wireless network issues in campus buildings and work with that individual to determine an appropriate resolution. In cases where the device is being used for specific teaching or research applications, IT will work with faculty to determine whether there are circumstances under which the use of the device may still be accommodated without causing interference to WMU Wireless users.

All users of network resources at Western Michigan University are responsible for adherence to any State or Federal regulations regarding computer use, including, but not limited to, the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

6. Related Procedures and Guidelines

It is essential that all users of wireless networks adhere to best practices for access to this shared resource. Please see WMU Wireless Overview article in goWMU.

7. Faqs

7.1. Where may I find support and resources for WMU Wireless?

Answer: Please see WMU Wireless Overview article in goWMU.

8. Related Policies:

8.1. WMU Network Acceptable Use Policy

8.3. WMU Guest Acceptable Use Rules and Guidelines


Effective date of current versionJan. 14, 2021
Date first adoptedApril 2001
Proposed date of next reviewFeb. 1, 2025