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Telecommunications infrastructure

Policy 502

Except as explicitly approved by the Chief Information & Technology Officer, Information Technology (IT) has full responsibility for all wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure on campus.  IT shares responsibilities related to the installation of facilities with Facilities Services, but IT has sole responsibility for the functional aspects of  the campus telecommunications infrastructure.


Procedures

IT’s responsibilities include the following:

  1. On-Campus Wiring. All telecommunications wiring (e.g., fiber, “twisted pair”, and any other type of  telecommunications wiring) must be installed by or have its installation supervised by IT, and be maintained by IT.
  2. On-Campus Wireless. All wireless telecommunications infrastructure, such as “wireless access points” and “point to point wireless connections”, must be installed by or have its installation supervised by IT, and be maintained by IT. 
  3. Off-Campus Connections. All linkage between the campus and an external entity’s telecommunication infrastructure must be purchased through, installed by or have its installation supervised by IT, and be maintained by IT. 
  4. Equipment. All network equipment that will be attached to the UM-Missoula campus data network must be purchased through, installed by, and maintained by IT. 
  5. Wiring Junctions. All wiring junction infrastructure attached to the UM-Missoula campus data network must be purchased through, installed by, and maintained by IT.
  6. Secure Telecommunications Rooms. In all new construction and in all remodeling, provisions must be made to create one or more Secure Telecommunications Rooms (STRs), appropriate to house network equipment and wiring junctions. STR characteristic must be consistent with telecommunications industry standards.  Access to STRs will be highly restricted, limited to those in IT and Facilities with documented need.  STRs will not be used for non-telecommunications purposes.    
  7. Network Services.  All services related to the management, control, and use of “internet protocol” (IP) over on-campus and extra-campus telecommunications infrastructure must be installed and maintained by IT.

Exceptions

General Exceptions. Pre-identified general exceptions include the following:

  1. Connections from “wired ports” to individual computers, network printers, or other IP devices which do not allow multiple devices to share a single IP address.
  2. Wireless connections based on “blue tooth” technology.

Waivers. Individual waivers may granted through a  “Petition for Exception” approved by the CI&TO.  Such a petition must clearly state the rationale for the exception and the assurance that if granted no negative impact to the campus telecommunications infrastructure can occur, and must include endorsement from the unit level up through the Dean/Director level.   

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