The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for
Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections to Wake Forest University
network resources on the Reynolda Campus, herein referred to as the
Wake Forest University Network. A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
provides a secure encrypted network connection over the Internet
between an individual and a private network. By utilizing the public
Internet for transporting data, a VPN provides a low cost solution for
secure remote access or connectivity. Use of VPN allows members
of the WFU community to access WFU network resources as if they were on
the campus. Utilizing the WFU VPN, all internet traffic flows to
campus and then out to the internet.
This policy applies to all Wake Forest University
students, employees, contractors, consultants, temporary employees, and
all personnel affiliated with third party employers utilizing the VPN
to access the Wake Forest University Network.
All Wake Forest University students, employees and
authorized third parties (customers, vendors, etc.) may utilize the
benefits of the VPN to access University computing resources to which
they have been granted access. Individual users are responsible
for selecting an Internet Service Provider (ISP), coordinating
installation, installing any required software, and paying associated
fees. Further details may be found in the Remote Access Policy. VPN software and support is available through the WFU Information Systems Help Desk.
- It is the responsibility of WFU employees and students with
VPN privileges to ensure that unauthorized users are not allowed access
to University internal networks and associated content.
- All individuals and machines using VPN technology, including
university owned and personal equipment, are a de facto extension of
Wake Forest University's network, and as such are subject to the
university’s computing policies posted at http://www.wfu.edu/technology/reference/policies/index.html
- Only VPN clients approved by the Wake Forest University
Information Systems department may be used to access the Wake Forest
University computing network.
- VPN gateways are set up and managed by the Wake Forest University Information Systems department.
- When actively connected to the university network, the VPN
will force all traffic to and from the computer over the VPN tunnel.
- Dual (split) tunneling is NOT permitted; only one network connection is allowed.
- The Information Systems department reserves the right to
establish inactivity time-out limits for session and absolute
connection times. If a user is disconnected due to idle time, the user
must then logon again to reconnect to the network. Pings or other
artificial network processes to keep the connection open are prohibited.
- VPN access requests must be routed through Information Systems Help Desk, 336-758-HELP (4357) or email@example.com
- VPN access to Wake Forest University resources is provided
through the Information Systems department. No other department may
implement VPN services.
- It is strongly recommended that all computers connected to
Wake Forest University Network via VPN use the most up-to-date
anti-virus software. This applies to personal computers as well as
university owned computers.
- Users of computers that are not Wake Forest University-owned
equipment must configure the equipment to comply with Wake Forest
University's VPN and Network policies. Instructions for doing so are
Violation of the VPN policy will be referred to the
appropriate party as follows. Employee infractions will be referred to
Human Resources. Student or faculty violations will be referred
to the Dean of the respective School as appropriate. Third party
infractions will be referred to the authorizing department.