So, I’m a student at SUNY Polytechnic and I’ve had quite the experience with the Residential Life Organization (ResLife) and Information Technology Services (ITS).
I was running a Debian server as a NAS and general Linux SSH machine. During room inspection, I was warned of consequences if I were to violate the terms. One of the terms is I am required to register any “server os” with them prior to operation. This is a polytechnic school, formerly called “SUNYIT”, and there are a lot of students who run Linux-based operating systems on their laptops for class. Technically, the terms would count Android and OSX as well as any form of Linux a server. While I find this to be ridiculous, I registered my devices anyway, but they said they would send me a list of prohibited services… but nothing showed up in my inbox.
One morning I woke up to find out that my room’s ethernet jack was disabled. I submitted a ticket, and found out it was because I was running server software from my room. When I asked to meet to review acceptable usage policies I was reported to University Police and I had to give a legal statement to them that I wasn’t breaking any laws or doing anything malicious.
As of writing this, my ethernet is still down and they haven’t replied to my request to meet.