Residence Halls Cutoff from Internet Access

Posted: September 5, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

All 3,600 students living on campus at George Mason had their Internet access temporarily shut off yesterday at approximately 1:35 p.m. in an effort to prevent the spreading of viruses and worms. The Internet connections will be restored building-by-building as the students clean their infected computers. At least four buildings are already back online.

All resident students have been warned of the possible outage this week via phone voice mails and flyers posted in the dorms. Every room on campus has received a CD to clean the computers and a form to be returned to the resident advisor indicating that the computer has been cleaned or that the room does not contain a computer. Once all forms are returned, the buildings will have their Internet access restored.

“We want to urge students to cooperate, and we want them to urge their neighbors to install the antivirus software,” says Randy Anderson, director of networking engineering and technology. “We don’t want to leave the systems off any longer than we have to.”

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