The computers and computer network at WVU are not lacking. The computers are nothing less than the best technology, and the network is fast and easy to use. There are computer labs located in several different spots on campus—including the library, several classroom buildings, as well as in some of the dorms. Even with all this, it is recommended that students bring their own computers to ensure themselves access anytime they need one. Even with all the computers available, there is no guarantee that a student will find one available every time they may need one. Having one’s own computer will also benefit the student who prefers to work later at night, rather than having to squeeze into a 24-hour lab. Not finding a computer is a rare occurrence, but it is still nice for students to have their own.
WVU has implemented a wireless network in different spots on campus. It has been hooked up in the Mountainlair, as well some class buildings and libraries. The University sets firewalls and Internet regulations for students living in the dorms, and a student may lose Internet access if their bandwidth usage is exceedingly high or if their machine is detected as having a virus (in order to prevent other users from becoming infected). Students can have their Internet access reinstated by bringing their computers to tech support and having the virus removed. Students are permitted to use file sharing programs, but the University does not condone it and sends warnings of consequences for downloading illegal material.