There exists a family of products that provide remote access to a user's desktop. The most common scenario is for an employee to access their work computer from home.
While there are many scenarios where this is useful to a student and to an employee, the University needs to maintain secure and authorized access to the CampusNet (defined as all offices, classrooms, and computer labs) particularly where computers are setup for Colleague access.
While some of these services/systems are sound and secure, many are not and these represent a security risk to the University.
The University is not opposed to remote desktop access, it simply must ensure that the connection is secure and authenticated.
Remote access to a user's desktop may not always be the most efficient service to use. Sometimes access to a specific application or to user files directly is a better solution then remote access to a desktop which can be problematic at times.
As such, the University will provide an encrypted, authenticated VPN connection that will enable an appropriate level of secure remote connectivity. The ITS department will consult with users on the appropriate connectivity.