In a networked environment such as Saint Mary's College (including ResNet), the ease with which a malicious software (such as viruses) can spread from computer to computer is greatly multiplied, as is its potential for damage. Instead of affecting just your machine, malware could spread to hundreds of computers all over campus, and could even bring down our campus network.

    Recognizing this threat, the College has decided to provide virus protection software free of cost to all students, faculty, and staff for their personal computers. This software can be downloaded from the campus network and installed on your computer. Any student who connects her computer to the Saint Mary's network via ResNet must download and install this software. Failure to have current virus protection software on your computer will result in the loss of ResNet access privileges.

    Saint Mary's College provides McAfee VirusScan for computers running Windows XP/Vista/7 and McAfee Security for computers running Mac OS X. The current versions of these programs are configured to automatically update their virus definition files on a regular (daily) basis.

    If a student prefers to pay for another virus protection software package and install it on her computer and keep it up to date, ResNet does not mind. However, if a student's computer becomes infected with a virus when it has another virus protection software product installed, it is ResNet's policy to remove the other virus protection software and install the supported McAfee virus protection software on that computer. The student must them keep the provided McAfee virus protection software installed and up to date on her personal computer. Failure to do so may result in a loss of network access.

    Computers that are blocked from the campus network and Internet because it is infected will not be re-enabled until ResNet confirms that the virus has been removed, that the supported McAfee virus protection software has been installed and set to automatically update its virus definition files, and that the computer has been configured to automatically download and install any necessary operating system updates.


Last Modified July 27, 2011