Students and their parents will abide by the St. Agnes Academy Acceptable Use Policy for school technology resources. School technology resources can include but are not limited to: laptops, printers, internet access, scanners, projectors, DVD/VCR players, etc. Any violation of the regulations contained in the policy is unethical and may result in disciplinary actions and/or appropriate legal actions. The ability to use school technology resources from school laptops is a privilege; and such use of school technology resources may be suspended at any time, at the sole discretion of the faculty of St. Agnes Academy, without any liability or responsibility on the part of the administration, faculty, or staff of St. Agnes Academy.
Any misuse of school technology resources must be reported to an appropriate St. Agnes Academy staff or faculty. Misuse can come in many forms, such as any digital media sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described below. All the rules of conduct described in the St. Agnes handbook apply while using school technology resources.
Access to school technology resources at St. Agnes Academy is intended for educational purposes. It is impossible for St. Agnes Academy to restrict access to all controversial and/or non educational materials. Neither St. Agnes Academy nor its faculty, staff, or administration can be held responsible for materials acquired on the internet.
ST. AGNES ACADEMY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
INTERNET AND EMAIL
St. Agnes Academy has actively pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students, faculty and staff. As such, students at St. Agnes Academy have the opportunity to access the Internet. Access to the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. With this tool, however, students and parents should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. Therefore, students and staff must understand and practice proper ethical and legal use.
While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. It is the user's responsibility not to initiate access to such material. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. St. Agnes Academy will apply a federally approved content filter to users, limiting access to educational information. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.
The Internet is to be used for scholarly research and as a means of obtaining needed information. The Internet offers access to inappropriate sites such as those that are pornographic, militant/extremist, racist, and gamblingrelated. Students are further prohibited from using the school Internet connection for shopping purposes, downloading music or video, social networking and video streaming. Students should not access any information of this sort. St. Agnes reserves the right to monitor the internet usage of all students through specialized software reporting as well as any other means available to teachers and administration.
Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.
Students' use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of St. Agnes Academy. Use of other organizations' network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network.
Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities, product advertisement, or political lobbying is also prohibited. Students should never copy other people's work or intellectual property and submit it as their own.
Students may not use any chat, p2p or collaboration programs to communicate with others through the computer network during class, unless a teacher or administrator expressly authorizes them to do so. The use of email during class, without teacher approval, is strictly prohibited. Likewise, the playing of games during class time, without teacher approval, is also strictly prohibited. Accessing social networking websites (MySpace, Friendster, Tagged, Facebook, etc) are off limits during class time. The use of circumventors to get around school network security is prohibited.
No computer programs (executables), MP3's, pornography, or copyrighted material may be distributed over the network. This rule prohibits sending files through email as well as setting up "servers" on a student's laptop or by any other physical or electronic means. At no time should a student's laptop appear under "Network Neighborhood." Students should not download copyrighted MP3's or non-shareware programs, games, and/or any programs not supported by St. Agnes.
St. Agnes Academy makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. St. Agnes Academy will not be responsible for any damages suffered while on this system. These damages include, but are not limited to, loss of data as a result of delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the information system is at your own risk. St. Agnes Academy specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through its service. All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain and consider how valid that information may be.
The use of school technology resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. St. Agnes Academy reserves the right to review any material on user accounts and to monitor network storage in order to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. Decisions of the St. Agnes Academy administration regarding unacceptable computer use are final. A student's use of school technology resources may be revoked, denied or suspended at the request of faculty and staff of St. Agnes Academy.
SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS
Every student will be issued a school email account. Teachers and school officials who need to communicate with the student will use this account. Students are required to check their school email accounts many times during the day. Teachers will provide a limited amount of time for students to check their email during class. St. Agnes Academy reserves the right to monitor and review school electronic mailboxes in order to make determination on whether specific uses of the email account are inappropriate. Decisions of the St. Agnes Academy administration regarding unacceptable computer use are final. A student's use of school technology resources may be revoked, denied or suspended at the request of faculty and staff of St. Agnes Academy.