Policy on Deployment and Operation of DHCP servers on Barnard College Computer Network

Effective Date: June 25, 2012
Revision: this policy was last edited on June 6, 2017

Policy Statement
This policy defines when and how Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers may be deployed and operated on Barnard College’s network. DHCP is a network configuration protocol for hosts on Internet Protocol (IP) networks. A DHCP server is any device or service that can assign IP addresses to computers and other devices (e.g., home routers and firewalls, Internet connection-sharing software, DHCP services).

Executive Summary
DHCP servers can be deployed and operated only when approved by Barnard's Vice President for IT or her designates.

Reason for the Policy
This policy provides guidelines to situations in which someone other than BCIT personnel deploys and operates a DHCP server on the Barnard networks. Introducing unauthorized DHCP devices onto Barnard’s network can alter the network settings of Barnard computers, resulting in a loss of access to network resources and the Internet. Moreover, IP conflicts can bring part or all of Barnard’s network offline.

Who is Governed by This Policy
This policy applies to all individuals on the Barnard College campus. This includes, but is not limited to faculty, staff, students, those working on behalf of the College and individuals authorized by affiliated institutions and organizations.

Statement of Policy
Unauthorized DHCPs are not permitted on the Barnard network. DHCP servers may be deployed and operated only when authorized by Barnard's Vice President for IT or her designates.

Individuals on the Barnard College campus interested in having a DHCP server or providing DHCP service must submit a request via email to help@barnard.edu. BCIT’s networking team will review the request, ensuring that the DHCP server can be deployed and operated in a specific location under a very specific configuration, and that there will be no adverse impact to Barnard’s computer networks.

If an unauthorized DHCP server is found on any Barnard network, it will be removed from the network and returned to the owner of the device. If the owner is not known, the device will be brought to the IT Service Desk until claimed by the owner.

Cross References to Related Policies
Barnard Computer Use Policy (http://barnard.edu/bcit/resources/computing-policies/computer-use-policy)

For questions or comments:
Barnard College Information Technology
Web:  http://barnard.edu/bcit/
Email: help@barnard.edu
Telephone: 212-854-7172