University of California, Riverside

Student Computing Services

Best Practices

Managing Bandwith

Although ResNet provides students with ultra high-speed connections to the Internet, there are limits to the amount of bandwidth a single user is allowed to consume. These restrictions are put in place to ensure the appropriate allocation of bandwidth to all students.

Students are allotted a considerable amount of bandwidth on a weekly basis. Students may check their usage by visiting the following web address: Residents who exceed their 7 GB (5 GB download and 2 GB upload) total for the week will have their service suspended (please note that UCR's weekly bandwidth allocation is approximately equal to downloading 5 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica). Students are notified via mail or redirection to an over-bandwidth web site when attempting to connect to the Internet. The following notes pertain to reactivate service:

  1. First Offense: The student simply attends a ResNet Bandwidth Information Session. Sessions are held three times a week, or the student may arrange to meet with an appropriate ResNet staff member. Once this requirement is completed service is reactivated.
  2. Second offense: Service is suspended for one month. At the end of this period, service is reactivated.
  3. Third offense: Service is disabled permanently.

Please Note: Resident's may contest the offense through an appeals process as detailed in the Residential Halls Handbook.

Digital Copyright Issues (a.k.a. DMCA Violations)

In the late 1990s, federal legislation was passed to help control illegal digital sharing of copyrighted materials over the internet. This legislation is commonly known as DMCA, or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the MPAA, the Motion Picture Association of America, are diligent enforcers of this legislation. UCR responds quickly to inquiries from the RIAA and the MPAA concerning illegal digital sharing of copyrighted materials. The following notes relate to the process that UCR utilizes to address alleged violations:

  1. The incident is reported-typically, by the RIAA or MPAA- to the University's Copyright Agent.
  2. The University's Copyright Agent notifies the particular organization involved (e.g. ResNet, the Library, etc.). Within ResNet, the following individuals are notified: the Housing Director, Assistant Housing Director, and key ResNet staff members.
  3. ResNet Systems Administrators identify the student involved.
  4. The incident is logged and the student's service is disabled.
  5. The student receives a letter detailing how to resolve the matter. The student contacts appropriate campus authorities, typically the University Copyright Agent, as specified in the letter.
  6. Service is reactivated upon approval by the University Copyright Agent (typically after offending materials have been removed from the student's PC).

Note: Residents are permitted to appeal the alleged copyright violation; however, service is not restored until the appeal process is complete. The Campus Judicial Coordinator handles all appeals.

For More Information on the DMCA and UCR please visit the UCR DMCA website

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Student Computing Services
2103 Watkins Hall

Tel: (951) 827-4848 (827-IT4U)