Originally Posted by tomj
the college i attend does not let anyone use the network (wireless or wired) unless they are using an institution owned piece of hardware. It is a public college. Their excuse of course, is security. Their hardware of course
runs windows. Basically, i'm looking for suggestions as to what i can do about this. It makes me feel like i've taken my own book into the library and they won't let me read it. Any takers?
First off, what college is it. You can PM me if you want. I ask because that will make it easier to find out to whom you ought to complain.
Second, while it's not unusual at paranoid universities (mine is the same way, but not as severe as yours) to be required to register a MAC address to get on the network, this is absolutely draconian and is a horrible, horrible policy. They are, as you rightly point out, asking you to buy another laptop just because they don't like yours
And I disagree with Southside. It ain't their
network if it's a public institution.
Finally, I would wager that faculty aren't too happy about this. If my Uni told me I couldn't get on the network unless I was on a PC, I would pitch a fit all the way up to the regents.
As for who you should complain to, if the head of IT won't listen, then write a letter to the VP of student affairs. If that doesn't work, then write a letter to the University President. This is the kind of decision that likely got made in IT's back room without consulting anyoneespecially the students.
Because, again, it is utterly, utterly absurd to expect students to buy a new laptop just to get on the network.