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Information for Residents
Virtual Campus Graz
Acceptable Use Policy
VCG is a joint project of the Graz Student Dormitories, the Graz University
of Technology and the responsible Federal Ministry for the purpose of
providing the best possible connection of the student dormitories to the
universities, to the ACOnet and to the Internet.
The technical operator of VCG is the department "Networkinfrastructure"
of ZID of Graz University of Technology (hereinafter referred to as "VCG
VCG provides a backbone service to connect the participating student
dormitories to the ACOnet. Each dormitory operator participating in VCG
is responsible for the operation of the local area network, the connection
to the ACOnet POP, and for the users in the dormitory. Specifically,
each participating student dorm is responsible for compliance with this
VCG AUP and the ACOnet AUP (see http://www.aco.net/aconet-aup.pdf).
Each participating student dorm shall issue its own local rules of operation
and use and shall entrust at least one suitable person from its area
(residents, administration) with the function of a technical contact point
(hereinafter referred to as "dorm administrator").
The tasks of this dorm administrator are in particular:
The dorm administrator has no legal or service relationship with the
VCG operator; compensation for the expenses incurred by the dorm
administrator in the course of his duties as defined above shall be
The services of VCG (and ACOnet) are provided to the participating
student residences or their residents (students, pupils and apprentices)
solely for teaching and research purposes, whereby there is no entitlement
to access the services of VCG.
- The administration of the user accounts in the central database
(this VCG-AUP and the section "Information for Residents" on
http://www.vc-graz.ac.at/ must be demonstrably brought to the attention
of the user when a user account is granted).
- Verifying the accuracy of the data to be entered there (e.g.,
university affiliation, matriculation number, email address, etc.).
- Monitoring compliance with the dormitory's AUP.
- Providing first level support to dorm residents.
If a residence has another provider in addition to VCG (e.g., for resident
groups other than those listed), then it must be determined per residence
which provider serves the residence.
Use of most services requires an account in the central VCG database, which
is created and maintained by the dorm administrator. Disclosure of this
personal account data (username, password) is not permitted and may result
in a longer suspension or revocation of the account.
After login in with the account data, the user is dynamically assigned an
IP address from the DNS range *.vc-graz.ac.at. If a static IP
address is required for server operation, this must be requested from the
VCG operator via the dorm administrator with justification.
The services of VCG can be limited by the VCG operator (if it seems
necessary for the smooth operation and a fair distribution of the available
resources) at any time both in the bandwidth, in the data volume and in
temporal use. In case of a change of these regulations the dorm
administrators will be informed by mail and the users via the webpage
http://www.vc-graz.ac.at/news.shtml and the
Inadmissible is the deliberate use of VCG services for the transmission,
distribution or storage of data, which
Furthermore, use for commercial or industrial purposes is not permitted.
Exceptions (e.g. for dorm administration) require the consent of the VCG
In case of violations of this VCG-AUP or the ACOnet-AUP, the student
residences participating in VCG are required to immediately stop the misuse
and to inform the VCG operator to the extent necessary.
- violates existing laws or endangers public order or morality,
- violates protective rights of others (e.g. data protection, copyright),
- obstructs, harasses or frightens other network users (e.g. excessive
data traffic, spam)
- contains harmful components (e.g. viruses, Trojans)
- serves to obtain unauthorized access (e.g. port scans, password scans,
exploitation of system vulnerabilities),
- intends to impair network operation (e.g. deliberately causing a
system crash, DoS attacks).
The inadmissible uses explicitly mentioned in §4 lead to a blocking
of the account in the extent of 2n weeks, where n stands
for the number of already occurred blocks in the last 18 months.
Passing on a VCG account will result in a blocking of at least 3 months,
in case of repetition the account can also be deactivated completely.
In particularly serious cases, where the unauthorized use constitutes a
violation of applicable law, civil and/or criminal proceedings may be
Should it be necessary to exclude an entire dormitory from the use of
the offered services or parts thereof in order to maintain or restore an
orderly operation of the VCG services, the VCG operator is entitled to
take appropriate measures and to inform the responsible dormitory
These VCG-AUP are subject to change without notice. The currently valid
version of the VCG-AUP is published at
Reports about violations of the VCG-AUP are to be sent to