The BYU Honor Code states that "Involvement with gambling; pornographic, erotic, or indecent material; disorderly, obscene, or indecent conduct or expressions; or with other offensive materials, expressions, or conduct or disruption of the peace that, in the sole discretion and judgment of the university, is inconsistent with the principles of the Church and the BYU Honor Code…" For this reason, we make our best effort to filter objectionable content while still allowing access to that which is appropriate.
Content categorized by our 3rd Party vendor in the following categories:
Geographic exceptions for general use:
While BYU does its best to filter objectionable content, it is impossible to prevent access to all inappropriate content while still leaving access open to that which is worthwhile and redeeming. Visit http://besafe.byu.edu for "more information about University-recommended safety sources, guidelines… and external resources you might find useful in your efforts to be safe".
You may request that a website be reviewed for reclassification by filling out a "Filter Review Request" from the "Web Review" link at http://it.byu.edu/go/webfilter. You should receive a response within 2 business days.
BYU Employees (full-time and non-student part-time) who have a legitimate need to access a site that is blocked can fill out a "Filter Override Role". The user will then have access to sites normally blocked after authenticating using your Net ID and password, and accepting a site block warning. Please contact the Office of IT Service Desk at 801-422-4000 to request a Filter Override Role. Roles are usually granted within 2 business days. A Filter Override Role will work anywhere on the BYU campus network (wired and wireless) with the exception of on-campus housing.
The length that a Filter Override Role will remain active has yet to be determined. It is likely that it will remain valid at least for the remainder of the academic year.
When you attempt to connect to a page that has been blocked, you will be provided with an authentication dialogue box. Enter your Net ID and Password, and you will be presented with a warning page, where you will have the opportunity to acknowledge BYU policy about accessing restricted content, and continue to the blocked page. You will continue to have access to pages within this category for at least the next hour, after which you may be prompted to authenticate again. Authentication is based on your connection from a particular subnet, so if you move to a new computer or new location on the wired or wireless networks, it is likely you will need to re-authenticate.
Distributed management is not currently available with the new IronPort solution. Ordering a "Filter Override Role" will be simplified with self-service form available on the OIT Home Page at http://it.byu.edu/go/webfilter within the next few weeks. CSR's will also be able use this form to request an override account for their users. Until the form is available on the OIT Home Page, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 801-422-4000 to request a Filter Override Role. Override Roles requests can usually be fulfilled within 2 business days.
The need and cost for a distributed management system will be evaluated over the coming months. If the need is significant, and the cost reasonable, this feature may be added in the future. Please submit requests for distributed management to OIT Service Desk (2-4000) with details on the impact this limitation is placing on your organization.
Currently Filter Override Roles are restricted to full-time and non-student part-time BYU employees unless requested by a Dean or Director. Work with OIT Service Desk (2-4000) should you need an exception.
Yes, Content can be opened for a specific set of IP Addresses. Work with OIT Service Desk (2-4000) should you need this type of configuration.
No, this system is tied to the University Authentication System, and requires that a valid Net ID and Password be used.
If it is absolutely necessary to point directly to our proxy system, administrators should use the alias proxy.byu.edu rather than an explicit IP address. This alias worked with the previous system, and will continue to work with the new system. Port 8000 should be used. Some functionality may be lost by directly pointing to the proxy system; therefore we discourage this practice.
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