Policies and Standards

CNS Business Procedures


Supported Network Protocols


Scalability and cross-platform capabilities are important to a large organization. It is also important to use enterprise-wide supported protocols to allow integration, reliability and help maintain simplicity in a large complex network as the enterprise continues to evolve. To that end, UKIT currently routes and supports TCP/IP as a single protocol for all data needs.

Network Policies

Network policies are the rules established by UKIT, by authority of Univeristy Administrative Regulations to insure the highest quality of data network availability and bandwidth for the University of Kentucky. Adhering to these policies benefits the University community by:

  • Allowing network integration across the University in order to achieve the most flexible, robust, integrated facility.  
  • Providing end users with the most current, reliable network connectivity to accomplish their goals for the University of Kentucky.

The UKIT Department of Communications and Networking Systems (CNS) is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and management of the data network for the University of Kentucky and its affiliates.

Any equipment (including all data wiring and outlets) installed by Communications and Networking Systems in a communications closet or area designated as such is the property of Communications and Network Systems and is warranted as such. Only Communications and Network Systems employees or persons granted permission by Communications and Network Systems are permitted in the communications closets.
Any equipment connected to the network that causes problems will be disconnected from the network until the problem is resolved or the equipment is replaced.
Any network equipment not installed by or with approval from Communications and Network Systems is in violation of the University’s network policy. Communications and Network Systems will make every effort to work with the department to correct this violation.
To accomplish our mission and facilitate flexibility across the network, strict compliance with the network policies and standards is necessary. Scalability and cross-platform capabilities are important to a large enterprise. It is also important to use an enterprise-wide design to maintain flexibility as the enterprise environment evolves. Therefore, all equipment must be capable of integrating into a single synthesized system that will provide a robust and flexible network.

Network Equipment Standards

The consistency of using one manufacturer for networking technology decreases integration problems and increases our ability to provide a flexible, robust, integrated network offering the most current, and reliable network connectivity. It also permits seamless integration of data, voice and video, and heightens quality of service and network resilience.
For network components, NEMOC has standardized on primarily using Cisco Systems, Inc., a proven industry leader in networking technologies and integration. As the University continues to evolve in the convergence of voice, video, and data Cisco Systems, Inc. will play an integral role.

Enterprise Network Standards

Background and Definition: The University of Kentucky became responsible for the installation and maintenance of its voice, data and video in 1986. At that time, a set of standards was adopted. Based on these standards Communications and Network Systems (CNS) has been responsible for the installation and maintenance of the University Network. The Hubs, Switches, Routers and all other equipment that make the Networking possible are chosen carefully. These devices are connected together via campus cabling infrastructure. The installation of the Network components are done according to design and engineering requirements, set forth by the campus Network Engineers at CNS. Based on this and the fact that the Network supports all Students, Faculty and staff, standards must be adhered to closely.

Due to recent terrorist incidents in this country a great deal of emphases has been put on the security of the Network. Additionally, for the Medical Center, protection of patient information is mandated to meet HIPAA Standards. The new ICIS system has to be put in place and operate consistently and reliably. A well-designed, installed and maintained Network is essential. With these requirements in mind, University of Kentucky Communications and Network Systems must establish restrictive policies and take the leadership role in enforcing the appropriate security measures and networking standards.

Therefore network devices or components that are installed by unauthorized (non-CNS) individuals are subject to removal and loss of service until the higher authority in that area/unit approves in writing and funds the correct method of installation.

Approved Devices:

Only devices that are selected by CNS Network Engineering staff and purchased through CNS are to be installed and connected to the campus network. Currently these devices are acquired from Cisco. Individually purchased mini-hubs and wireless access points are not permitted on the network without WRITTEN CNS Management authorization.


When any unauthorized network device is found connected to the University Network, CNS staff will submit a report to the respective unit (department head, College Dean and/ or Sector VP). Service to the unauthorized equipment will be terminated until CNS has been given in writing a request to make the installation correctly at the department's cost.

Network Address Naming Services

In managing the University enterprise network, NEMOC is required to administer network addresses for all networked workstations, servers and network components. Address and naming services offered through NEMOC include:

IP (Internet Protocol) network address administration; Domain Name Services (DNS); and Alias registration.

To request Address/Naming Services, please use our online registration form.

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