Acceptable Use Policy for Technology at St. Christopher’s School

St. Christopher’s School strives to provide its students with an excellent learning experience that would not be possible without access to state of the art technologies. Students and faculty use technology for a wide variety of purposes that includes fostering collaboration, global engagement, and critical thinking skills. The same basic rules of respect, honesty, integrity, and common sense that apply to all interactions at the School also apply to the use of computers. Whether in an online or face-to-face setting, students are acting as representatives of their School and are expected to behave appropriately.

Students are expected to act as good digital citizens at all times which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. Use only your own usernames and passwords. Do not share passwords with other students.
2. Give proper credit for any information you use and follow copyright guidelines as directed by your teacher.
3. Adhere to the same standards of respect and courtesy that govern communication elsewhere on campus. Threatening, harassing, obscene or derogatory communication is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This behavior may include that which is reasonably perceived by another to be threatening, intimidating or violent, including practical jokes, sexting, or pranks.
4. Respect other peoples’ digital footprints by not impersonating anyone else, including peers, teachers, and administrators in online spaces.
5. Respect network security measures that are in place and do not attempt to circumvent them. Do not use the schools' networks for illegal, commercial or wasteful activities.
6. Keep your personal information (passwords, address, etc.) off public spaces.
7. Manage your time well at school including minimizing distractions (games, social networking, etc.) especially during class.
8. Take charge of your own digital footprint and ensure that any words, photos, and videos of you online reflect the values of integrity, honor and leadership instilled in our students.
9. View only school appropriate sites on any device.
10. Treat all online spaces, even with privacy settings, as if anyone can see them because there is no such thing as privacy on the Internet.
11. Take care of your laptop, whether school issued or personally owned. You may only use your own computer and you may not lend your laptop to another student.

Computer users should be aware that, while the School supports the concept of privacy in communication, all communications over the network are legally accessible by the network administrators in the performance of their duties. Use of the School’s computer resources is a privilege, not a right. Failure to observe these acceptable computer use policies may constitute Honor Code and/or disciplinary violations. Users who violate these policies will lose their computer privileges, and may also be subject to Honor Council and/or disciplinary actions by their School.

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