I can tell you that we're not doing anything on the network to prevent any specific file types from being downloaded. It was probably a problem with the tracker.
Originally Posted by James A. Matarrese
I'll refrain from commenting on the school's official policy, but I can tell you that while trying to download a very specific Linux distro last year, I found that one of the ports I needed to access that specific file was blocked. I'm not sure if it was intentionally blocked in order to cut back on torrent traffic, or if something was amiss with the tracker I was trying to use, but I was unable to download that particular file. Your mileage, obviously, may vary.