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Northwest Missouri State University

Technology in the Residence Halls

Northwest’s housing philosophy is specifically tailored to help students transition to life on campus, progress towards independent living and being a contributing member of the community.  Residential Life desires to make on-campus living a satisfying experience for students.

Students may have personally-owned computing equipment in their residence hall room, including a personal printer.  Students may also own software licenses, which they independently purchased from a software vendor.  Such licenses typically allow students to possess one copy of the software for their personal use and install that software either on their personally-owned computing device or campus-issued notebook computer.  However, students may not distribute this software to others since this would be a violation of copyright law. 

Students also have 24/7 access to a university networked printer located at their Residence Hall desk.  See the Residential Life URL for more details on residence hall living:

Northwest’s Information Technology department works in cooperation with Residential Life to provide the hardware, software and network resources to ensure student academic success.  With that said, students living in campus residence halls do not own campus network resources or campus-owned and issued hardware and software.

The wireless and wired campus network service in residence halls along with the access points that allow students to connect to and use those services are the sole property of Northwest Missouri State University and are maintained by Northwest’s Information Technology department. 

Students living in campus residence halls should consider the university to be their Internet Service Provider (ISP) and as such must adhere to all university information technology policies.  Students in violation of information technology policies are subject to fines and disciplinary action, including termination or restriction of services provided by Northwest’s Information Technology department. 

While Northwest’s Information Technology department is not responsible for maintaining or repairing personally-owned computing equipment and software, Information Technology is responsible for providing residence hall students with:

Equipment not allowed to access the Northwest network and is a violation of campus information technology policy is:

Note:  See Network Stability's What is Prohibited and Why and for more details about what equipment and sofware is not allowed on the Northwest network.