Bradford Persistent Agent

Hopefully this is the right place to put this.
First, my laptop is running Ubuntu Gnome, and I got it last semester at University. And connecting to the internet there was a massive pain in the ass. So now, I just received an email from my university informing me that before I can connect to the internet this semester, I must first download and install this "Bradford Persistent Agent" (which is possibly the most sketchy name I've ever heard). So I have a few questions:
1. What precisely is this? A google search turned up a few things, but nothing solid.
2. What will this enable the IT department to see on my computer?
3. I read that it is an "SSH Client". Now I'm a little hazy as to what that is, but I seem to remember Wendell talking about "remotely SSH-ing into a computer".
4. Should I be worried?

Many thanks.