There is no expectation or right to privacy or right to freedom of speech when using the school’s computer resources, which are the school’s property. Any use of the school’s computers and Internet access must be in support of education and research and be consistent with the educational objectives of the Office of Catholic Schools.
Using school facilities for Internet access and e-mail is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use which includes but is not limited to unauthorized transmittal or improper use of copyrighted materials or materials protected as trade secrets; transmission of threatening or obscene materials; vandalism of computer files; and violation of computer security as determined by the school administration can result in a cancellation, denial, suspension and/or revocation of those privileges by the school administration and also subject the user to other disciplinary action. Where appropriate, the school should submit a completed Internet Threat Report form to the Superintendent of Schools and to the local police department. Vandalism is defined to include any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet or any agencies or networks connected to the Internet. The creation and/or uploading and/or downloading of “computer viruses” are expressly prohibited.
Additional responsibilities for use of school facilities for the Internet and e-mail are:
- When using networks or computing resources of other organizations, students must observe the rules of that organization regarding such use.
- Users should not reveal their personal addresses or phone number(s), and shall not reveal the personal address or phone number(s) of others without their authorization/permission.
- Users are reminded that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Operators of the network/system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
- Students shall immediately notify the system administrator/school administration if they suspect that a security problem with the system and/or the Internet exists.
- Any attempt to log onto the Internet or the school’s network/system as a systems administrator will result in a loss of user privileges at the school. Any user identified as a security risk by the school administration/systems administrator due to a history of actual or suspected unauthorized access to other computer(s), network(s) or system(s) may be denied access to the school’s computers, networks and/or systems.
- Users shall abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette, which include but are not limited to:
- Messages to others shall be polite and shall not be abusive.
- Messages shall use appropriate language and shall not use obscenities, vulgarities or other inappropriate language.
- Use of the network shall not disrupt use of the network by others.
- The Diocese/schools make no warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, for Internet service. The Diocese/school will not be responsible for any damages suffered. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or user errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s risk. The school specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Students are not permitted to access websites other than those expressly assigned in class or without prior approval from the teacher.