Office Structure Cabling Standard


This standard is in place to manage the work and cost associated with cabling and/or activating multiple network connections in a standard office space.  The most important principles underlying this standard are:

  • Recognition that most standard faculty and staff office spaces can be served with a single location containing two connections for network or voice-over-IP (telephone) connections
  • Reduction of cost associated with renovating and constructing new facilities
  • Reduction of staff time and cost associated with adding new connections to standard offices when a single connection will work satisfactorily for a standard office configuration
  • Recognition that special-purpose facilities such as computer labs and specialized work spaces may need additional connections beyond this standard


This standard applies to all faculty and staff.


Special-purpose facilities such as computer labs and specialized work spaces, as defined by the needs of the project requirements to establish or update the facility.


  • New construction and renovated standard offices will have one location (with two jacks) installed per standard office.
  • If an existing standard office already has one or more locations, no moves or additions will be performed as a standard service*.
  • Users will be instructed to use a patch cable to connect to the single location available unless doing so exceeds the maximum cable length allowed to adhere to existing Category 6 structured cabling standards (100 meters to the wiring closet patch panel), or unless doing so creates a significant occupational (e.g. tripping) hazard.  In such a case, if the furniture configuration or use can be changed to avoid this consequence, the office occupant must make that change so that the one-connection standard can be maintained.

* Additional locations in office beyond this standard will be charged on a time-and-materials basis, at the current rate listed in the Telecommunications Charges article.  Dean or Vice President approval is required for such requests.


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