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Desktop Remote Access Policy

Version 2.0.1


The purpose of this policy is to ensure proper control when accessing any University desktops from any other location.


This IT policy, and all policies referenced herein, shall apply to all members of the University community including faculty, students, administrative officials, staff, alumni, authorized guests, delegates, and independent contractors (the “User(s)” or “you”) who use, access, or otherwise employ, locally or remotely, the University’s IT Resources, whether individually controlled, shared, stand-alone, or networked.

Policy Statement

  • Users requesting remote access must have their Vice President, a direct report to Vice President, or Dean’s approval.
    • Requests for remote access software cannot be self-approved.
    • Users at the Vice President, a direct report to Vice President, or Dean’s level requesting access, need approval from the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
  • Fordham IT manages the acceptable University remote desktop access software.
  • Users who need remote access to their University desktop (e.g., to work from home, access from a conference) must use University approved software installed by Fordham IT Customer Care.
  • Unless Fordham IT provides the software, installing remote access software on desktops is prohibited.
  • The University's Information Security Office (UISO) removes any unauthorized remote desktop software installed on the University’s IT Resources.


Desktop, for this policy, includes but is not limited to, laptops, notebooks, or any “personal computer” that can be accessed remotely.

IT Resources include computing, networking, communications, application, and telecommunications systems, infrastructure, hardware, software, data, databases, personnel, procedures, physical facilities, cloud-based vendors, Software as a Service (SaaS) vendors, and any related materials and services.

Implementation Information

Review Frequency Annual
Responsible Person Director, IT Risk and Data Integrity
Approved By CISO
Approval Date May 22, 2018

Revision History

Version Date Description
1.0 03/01/2013 Initial Policy.
1.1 04/22/2013 Added policy statement about IT supports functions outside of Fordham IT.
1.2 01/15/2016 Cleaned up typos, changed the “Related Policy” language on the footer to reflect current definition and made format changes so it may be placed on the new website.
2.0 01/08/2018 Updated with the new template. Updated scope. Added Definitions section. Removed callouts to specific products in the policy and instead noted products must be deemed acceptable by Fordham IT.
2.0.1 05/22/2018 Updated disclaimer statement

Policy Disclaimer Statement

Deviations from policies, procedures, or guidelines published and approved by the University Information Security Office (UISO) may only be done cooperatively between the UISO and the requesting entity with sufficient time to allow for appropriate risk analysis, documentation, and possible presentation to authorized University representatives. Willful failure to adhere to UISO written policies may be met with University sanctions.