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In order to improve security for university resources on the Rice network, Information Technology (IT) staff will make changes to the firewall beginning at 10PM on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The work will be complete by 5AM Thursday morning, January 3.

At various points during the firewall update, most campus resources will be unavailable for brief intervals.

Due to the large number of resources behind the university firewall, IT selected a maintenance window that would impact the fewest community members while ensuring adequate testing before classes resume on January 7.

If you notice any issues connecting to Rice resources ranging from email and storage to web sites and applications, please contact the Help or 713.348.4357.

Additional details about the outage will be included in a reminder distributed closer to the date of the January 2 firewall replacement, or you can review the full details online at