Computing & Information Services
Virtual Private Nework (VPN) Policy
Approved by the CPC on 10/27/10
Virtual Private Network (VPN) access enables an individual from off-campus (outside the college firewall) to access electronic resources as if they were logged in on-campus.
Reed College currently offers limited VPN capabilities to administrative staff and faculty for college business and academic work.
In general, Reed does not provide VPN access to others. However, temporary VPN access can be granted on an individual basis to current students, alumni, or others if needed for:
- curricular or research activities, as required by a faculty member
- research collaborations by individuals from other institutions
- college business functions
To obtain VPN access for the above-mentioned purposes, an individual must submit a written request to Computing & Information Services by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Such requests must detail the reason that VPN access is required, the duration for which the access will be needed, and –– if the request is not made by a current faculty or staff member –– the faculty or staff member who will endorse the request.
Each VPN request will be evaluated individually and access will be granted only if security verification, VPN management capacity, and other factors are adequately met. CIS reserves the right to deny VPN requests in the event that one or more factors are unmet.
If a VPN request is approved, CIS will provide the requestor with appropriate software and configuration assistance to establish VPN connectivity securely.
Any unauthorized use or abuse of Reed VPN or other remote access services may result in termination of VPN privileges and/or further action by the college. All users must sign and abide by the Reed College Computer User Agreement and all VPN traffic will be subject to the same policies and procedures as local network traffic which may include monitoring and recording.