Guest Wireless Network Appropriate Use Agreement and Terms of Service


University guests who are granted temporary access through California State University, Los Angeles's wireless network are expected to adhere to the following appropriate use rules:

  1. Guest use of the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) unencrypted Wi-Fi network is for temporary Internet access only.
  2. Guests are responsible for all activity that occurs under their access.
  3. Unauthorized access to institutional system records and information is prohibited.
  4. Guests must maintain user id and password security, and must not disclose or share their user id or password to anyone.
  5. Guests may not engage in any use of campus network resources for illegal activities, such as peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted works, including music, pictures, movies, games and other materials.
  6. Guests must abide by all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and Cal State LA guidelines and standards posted online at:
  7. University network accounts, websites and network systems may not be used for private commercial purposes, including installing or running personal programs.
  8. The transmission or reception of obscene, offensive, fraudulent, threatening and discriminatory information is prohibited.
  9. Running games and other recreational programs that use excessive bandwidth is prohibited at all times.
  10. Viewing or downloading child pornography is a federal criminal offense and prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  11. No one is to aid or act in conspiracy with another to violate any item under these Appropriate Use Agreement and Terms of Service rules.
  12. Guests must abide by the California State University (CSU) Responsible Use Policy (ICSUAM 8105.0).


These Terms of Service ("Terms") govern guest use of Cal State LA's unencrypted Wi-Fi network ("Network"). Any guest usage of the Network represents an agreement to these Terms of Service.

Description of the Network

The Network is provided by Cal State LA and allows guests to access the Internet via certain Cal State LA access points ("Location"). This access is provided via a Wi-Fi network using an 802.11 standard. To access the Network, guests must have a device that is compatible with the specific Wi-Fi equipment deployed at the Location.

The Network is intended for the limited purposes of allowing access to the public Internet for e-mail and web browsing. The Network is not intended for high-bandwidth applications, such as video streaming.

Security Warning

The unsecured nature and ease of connection to Cal State LA Wi-Fi hotspots increases the risk that unauthorized persons can access a guest's phone, laptop or other device, or communications over the Wi-Fi network. Guests should take precautions to lower the security risks. Cal State LA recommends that guests with VPN should connect through it for optimum security. Cal State LA also encourages its network users to observe standard security practices by ensuring that: computer hard drives are not shared; laptops have firewall protection; and security software is installed, functional and updated on the device. Cal State LA recommends that you avoid transmitting or accessing sensitive personal information over the Wi-Fi network, and that you only connect to known Wi-Fi hotspots.

Operational Limits of the Service

Network provisioning is subject to the availability and the operational limitations of the requisite equipment and associated facilities. There is no guarantee of bandwidth. Connection speed may not be suitable for some applications, and particularly those involving real-time or near real-time, high-bandwidth uses, such as video streaming or video conferencing. Guests understand and agree that temporary interruptions of the Network may occur as normal events in provision of the Network and that Cal State LA will not be liable for such interruptions. Guests further understand and agree that Cal State LA has no control over third-party networks or websites accessed in the course of Network use, and therefore, delays and disruptions of other network transmissions are beyond the control of Cal State LA. Cal State LA will not be liable for any failure of performance, if such failure is due to any cause beyond Cal State LA's reasonable control, including acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, nuclear disaster, terrorism, cable cut, storm or other similar occurrence, any law, order or regulation by any government, civil, or military authority, national emergencies, insurrections, riots, wars, labor difficulties, supplier failures, shortages, breaches, delays, or delays caused by guests or guests' equipment.

Information/Password Security

All information requested by and provided to Cal State LA must be accurate, including name, cell phone number, cell phone carrier and e-mail address information ("Registration Data"). Guests shall not share log in credentials, user names, user ids or passwords with any other individuals. Guests are solely and fully responsible and liable for all activities that occur under their usage.

General Use Restrictions

Subject to guest acceptance of and compliance with these Terms, guests are hereby granted the right to use the Network for the limited purposes of allowing access to the public Internet for e-mail and web browsing. The Network is provided for the sole use by the self-registered guest. The Network is not intended for high-bandwidth applications, such as video streaming. Guests are granted access during the hours of availability outlined on the guest registration webpage.

Limitation of Cal State LA Liability

Cal State LA shall not be liable for any damages suffered as a result of guest usage of the Network. Moreover, in no event shall Cal State LA be liable for any indirect, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages (including, without limitation, loss of business, lost revenue, lost profits, loss of use, loss of data, loss of identity or other economic advantage), however they arise, whether for breach or in tort, even if Cal State LA has been previously advised of the possibility of such damage.


Guests agree to indemnify and hold harmless Cal State LA, the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU and its employees from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third-party due to or arising out of: (a) content submitted, posted, transmitted or otherwise make available through the Network; (b) guest use of the Network; (c) violation of these Terms; (d) violation of the Cal State LA Appropriate Use Agreement or CSU Responsible Use Policy; (d) violation of any rights of another; and (e) use of a guest access by another individual whether or not such usage is expressly authorized by the registered guest.

Liability of the Guest

Guests have sole responsibility for adequate protection and backup of data and/or equipment used in connection with the Network and will not make a claim against Cal State LA for lost data, re-run time, inaccurate output, work delays or lost profits resulting from the use of the Network. Guests agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Cal State LA (including the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU and its employees) from, and covenant not to sue Cal State LA for, any claims based on, or stemming from, use of the Network.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of a disagreement that cannot be resolved informally, the guest and Cal State LA agree to resolve those disputes through mediation or small claims court instead of in courts of general jurisdiction. The services of a mutually agreed-upon mediation shall be shared equally.

Mediation Agreement

Guests agree to mediate all disputes and claims against the Cal State LA, the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU and its employees related to the Cal State LA Network. This agreement to mediate is intended to be broadly interpreted. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individual action in small claims court. This mediation agreement does not preclude guests from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state or local agencies, including, for example, the Federal Communications Commission. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against the University on your behalf. Guests agree that, by entering into this Agreement, the guest and University are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This mediation provision shall survive termination of this Agreement. Nothing in this mediation provision waives the requirements of the California Government Torts Claims Act.

I have read and understand the Appropriate Use Agreement and Terms of Service, and I agree to abide by them. I understand that if there is reason to believe there is a violation of University computer policy or security, my access may become subject to monitoring and examination by authorized personnel. I also understand that any violation of these rules may be a crime and may lead to appropriate legal action or criminal prosecution.