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880 Domain Naming

Authority: Approved by the Board of Trustees
Last updated on: December 14, 2018

880.1 Purpose

Indiana State University is the owner of certain Internet address (IP) space and has registered certain domain names for its use. The purpose of this policy is to preserve and control the Internet domain name resources of the University for support of its mission of teaching, research, and service.

880.2 Applicability

This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff who use the Indiana State University network and systems.

880.3 Statement of Policy

880.3.1 Ownership. Indiana State University is the owner of the Internet address (IP) space through and through, and uses the Internet domain name “indstate.edu”. ISU has also registered numerous other variants as a protection against the possibility of exploitation of University’s reputation by others. A list of these may be found at the OIT website.

880.3.2 Restrictions on Registration. ISU Internet (IP) addresses may not be registered for use with any other domain name except as permitted below.

880.3.2.1 Domain Name Service. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is responsible for implementing Domain Name Service (DNS) for all systems connected to the campus network, and for coordinating this service with other campus units. DNS resolves names and network addresses for network routing to on-campus and off-campus destinations.

880.3.2.2 ISU Domain Names. ISU departments, programs and approved activities are eligible to use indstate.edu top level domain names upon request to the Office of Communications and Marketing. This request must be from a dean or vice president and will either be approved by the Associate Vice President of Marketing or forwarded to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, for further consideration. Requests should be made to the Associate Vice President of Marketing. 

880. Top Level Name. To be considered for a top level name, a server would need to be of global interest to the Indiana State University community (e.g. ithelp.indstate.edu).

880.4 Exceptions

Unusual name requests, circumstances, and issues will be referred to the Associate Vice President of Marketing for further consideration. Final determination will be subject to the approval of the Associate Vice President of Marketing.

Related Information

Policy Administrator:
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Policy Contact:
Office of Information Technology
Gillum Hall Room 103
(812) 237-2100
Policy History:
Policy 939 was approved by the ISU Board of Trustees on February 27, 2004. It was included in the February, 2011 Handbook updates. Policy 939 was amended by the ISU Board of Trustees on December 15, 2017. On December 14, 2018, the ISU Board of Trustees approved the renumbering of the policy to Policy 880.