Virtual Private Network (VPN) Policy



Virtual Private Network (VPN) service at Williams College is managed and provided by Williams Office for Information Technology (OIT) for members of the college community, service providers, and registered guests who require remote and secure access to Williams computing services when at home or traveling. In an effort to ensure the security and integrity of the service, certain requirements and guidelines must be met by the administrators and users of this service. OIT strongly recommends you use the VPN connection when connecting to Williams resources over any unsecured (open or public) network.

Usage Policy

Remote computers attaching to the VPN become an extension of the Williams data network and are therefore subject to the same network use guidelines and policies extended to any other host on the network.  In addition, users must adhere to all established policies relating to the use of the Williams network and associated technology resources as well as applicable local, state, and federal laws. 


VPN access will require authentication with a user account and all traffic will be encrypted using standard protocols. All authentication attempts will be logged.

It is the responsibility of each VPN user that they do not allow any other individual to use their account to access the VPN.

Devices accessing VPN are required to meet OIT standards for operating system version, software, and updates.

If a violation of policy occurs, Williams OIT will take steps to ensure the security of the VPN and the greater network. This may include temporary suspension of accounts and/or network access.