Every computer that logs on to the Internet at Boise State can be tracked by technology personnel like Doug Ooley, director of information security services.
“If you’re on the Boise State network, everybody has a unique identifier into the network,” Ooley said. “And that’s the way we would typically track someone if they were in
IP addresses that have viewed illegal content like child pornography can be flagged by independent Web monitoring services, which share lists with Boise State personnel for an annual fee.
“You have IP addresses that are basically blacklisted through a hosted provider like Iron Port, which will alert the network team,” Ooley said.
These third-party groups are able to flag IP addresses from offending computers but as far as content goes, companies like Iron Port are unable to monitor specific illegal content viewed or downloaded.
“There’s no way to monitor the content going in there, but we are aware the IP is being used,” Ooley said. “We subscribe to several different providers that give us that information.”
If a criminal investigation occurs as a result of illegal Internet use, Ooley can provide information to prosecutors taking a look at an individual’s activity on Boise State networks.
Those who download pirated media materials from popular sites like thepiratebay.com can be flagged by copyright agencies who contact the Web server host, which in the case of Boise State, is Ooley’s office.
“We’ll get a notice from a copyright agency saying, ‘Such and such downloaded this at such and such time,’” Ooley said.
From there, Ooley and colleagues are forced to investigate the matter.
“By law, we have to monitor copyright infringement violations,” Ooley said.
Using a computer’s unique IP address, Ooley and staff can track the location of the offender on campus.
“Typically, we will be able to know where it was downloaded and who was downloading it,” Ooley said.
According to Ooley those flagged for violating copyrights have never faced serious consequences at Boise State, and those who have broken the law are still allowed access to the Web. Ooley has been working for Boise State since December of 2012 and hasn’t experienced any serious incidents.
“We don’t run into people having multiple infringements,” Ooley said. “Since my time here, we have never restricted anybody’s access.”
Ooley stressed his view that Internet access should be open and largely free of survelliance if users aren’t violating the law in the
“It’s an educational environment, an open environment and until the law is broken, we don’t get involved,” Ooley said.
If a student does continue to download copyrighted material illegally, not only will they face possible legal action from media outlets, but their status as a student at Boise State may be reviewed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsiblities.
“There’s a conduct hearing and what would happen is, somebody would probably email you saying, ‘This was reported, you have to have a conduct hearing,’” said ASBSU President
Students violating Internet use policies are required to go before a panel and have the right defend or explain their actions.
“The (conduct hearing) people are all trained, withone or two students, a faculty member or two and those folks from the appropriate department,”
Students found guilty of violating Boise State policies are able to appeal their
“Once they have found you responsible, then they go about determining your status as a Boise State student,” Gregg said.
Gregg has yet to see a student kicked out of school for illegal
“I do know they are getting better at monitoring the Internet,” Gregg said.