I am a university student, and my university's network administrator uses MAC addresses (1 MAC address / student) to authorise access to the internet. The students regularly use virtual routing softwares to create a hotspot to connect to their other devices (MAC spooofing is one possible workaround, but spoofing on a handheld device, for example, an android device, requires root access, which itself is a pain to gain).
Recently, the administrator redirected all the students to refrain from using hotspots, otherwise he will punish those who don't comply (by removing the student's MAC address from the authorised MACs database, I suppose). I have a strong feeling that he is just plain bluffing.
My query is, is it at all possible for the administrator to know that a device is using virtual routing to connect to other unauthorised devices?
Note: I tried searching for resources online, for example, how do exactly the virtual routers network, but I couldn't find any substantial information. I would appreciate even if someone could point me to some resources which would be of use to me.