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Welcome to the Office of Information Technology's 

Personal Servers Policy

The following guidelines should be followed when connecting any computer to the Philadelphia University network.  Using your best judgment and following these guidelines will help ensure that the network can be used effectively and to its fullest capacity.


Personal Servers are not permitted to be connected to the Philadelphia University network.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Web Servers
  • FTP Servers
  • Mail Servers
  • Chat Servers (IRC)
  • Peer-to-Peer file and music sharing applications
  • Windows95, Windows98, WindowsNT, Windows2000 or WindowsXP “File Sharing”
  • Samba or any type of SMB applications


  1. Web Pages – The Office of Information Technology will provide 10MB of Web space to any Faculty, Staff, or Student upon request.
  2. FTP Servers – Web directories provide FTP access to upload or download web pages or documents.

Note:  Copyrighted material shall not be made available for download from any Philadelphia University server or workstation.

  1. E-Mail – All Faculty, Staff, and Students receive a mail account from the Office of Information Technology.  Additional E-Mail accounts can be acquired from numerous free providers, such as Yahoo! Mail, or HotMail.
  2. Chat Servers – Are not permitted. 

Chat programs such as AOL IM, and ICQ are permitted, and acceptable, providing they do not significantly impact network performance.

  1. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file and music sharing programs are not permitted.  These applications place a tremendous strain on the University network to to the large size and number of files downloaded.  In addition, the majority of these services exist solely for the trading of copyrighted material, the possession of which is prohibited by University policy.
  2. File Sharing – The Office of Information Technology can provide space on our Departmental Share server for any Department or Employee needing to share files.


The Office of Information Technology will enforce this policy to the best of their abilities.  In accordance with established University practices, policies and procedures, violation of this policy may result in disciplinary review, expulsion from the University, suspension or revocation of network account, termination of employment, legal action, or other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.  In addition, any use of the University Network to distribute or post copyrighted material will warrant the loss of network privileges. Students who engage in such activity may also face sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct.

Please refer to the Conditions and Use Policy published by the Office of Information Technology regarding appropriate use of Information Technology resources. This information is available from the Office of Information Technology or at their web site at under the "Important Policies" section.

The Office of Information Technology reserves the right to modify this policy as is necessary to safeguard the Network and other users.

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