Internet Use Policy

Please read each part of our Internet Use Policy below so that we can continue to serve you better.

All students must use their own Network Login ID and password, and not share their credentials with others.


All devices connecting to our network must be registered. You may only register devices for your personal use under your own account.

Wi-fi Devices

Some consumer devices will not work on Providence Wi-Fi. These devices include:

  • Apple TV
  • Chrome Cast devices
  • Wi-Fi printers

Wi-fi Coverage

All residence and common buildings have full wireless coverage. Residents and visiting students are not permitted to set up a device that broadcasts a Wi-Fi hotspot. Examples of these devices include:

  • Wireless Printers
  • Most wireless printers come with a Wi-Fi hotspot configured. This must be disabled and the printer must be connected using USB instead.
  • Mobile Phones
  • Mobile phones are not permitted to use tethering to create a Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless Routers

P2P Software

In order to ensure network availability for everyone, we have blocked most P2P (peer-to-peer) software like BitTorrent, uTorrent, etc.. You must either uninstall or turn off any P2P file sharing software on your computer before connecting to our Campus Network.

Downloading or re-distributing materials that violate a copyright law is prohibited. Examples include movies, TV shows, music and documents. All activities on the Campus network are subject to provincial and federal laws.

Connecting routers to our network is not permitted. Examples of routers include:

  • Internet connection sharing enabled on a connected device
  • Wireless routers
  • Home network routers

Computers that have been hacked or have become infected with viruses or malware can cause network disruptions. They can also infect or damage other systems on the network.

Students who have compromised computers connected to our network will have their Internet connection suspended upon detection. Student Life and/or Information Technology will attempt to inform the student in this event as soon as possible. The student's connection will be restored when Information Technology is confident the device no longer poses a risk to our network.

Students found to have a device broadcasting a Wi-Fi Hotspot, violating copyright laws, or any other infraction of the Providence Internet Policy may be subject to disciplinary action through the Student Life Accountability Process. In order to protect the integrity of our service to all members of the community, Providence reserves the right to immediately suspend Internet services if a violation of the Internet Policy is suspected. Student Life and/or Information Technology will attempt to inform the student in this event as soon as possible.