Internet acceptable use policy

In support of St. Mark’s educational and residential life goals, the school provides Internet access to faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff are expected to use the network in a manner in keeping with the school’s general standards for community behavior and consistent with our role in loco parentis for our students. St.Mark’s has a responsibility to all faculty, staff, and students to ensure this access is available. This policy outlines basic standards for faculty and staff use of this network.

Scope

This policy applies to all authorized faculty and staff users who access the Internet via the St.Mark’s network using school-owned or personally-owned equipment, including wireless devices. By accessing the school’s network using school-owned or personally-owned equipment, the user has consented to the school’s exercise of its authority and rights as set out in this policy with respect to any such equipment, as well as with respect to any information or communication stored or transmitted over such equipment.

Authorized User

An authorized user is any person who has been granted authority by the school to access the Internet via its network and whose usage complies with this policy. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited. Whenever a user ceases being a member of the school community the systems access will be terminated. If a user is assigned a new position and/or responsibilities, use of technology resources may be adjusted or terminated in accordance with their new/revised role.

Standards for Use

The technology resources at St. Mark’s (e.g., all networking, hardware and software, the Internet, e-mail, telephone equipment, voice mail, etc.) are provided to support the educational and administrative activities of the school and should be used for those purposes. For faculty and staff who live on campus Internet access is also provided in the apartments for personal use. Use is a privilege, not a right. An authorized user agrees that he or she take full responsibility for his or her own actions.

General standards for Internet access

  • Use should always be legal, ethical and consistent with the school’s code of conduct, its policies on honesty and integrity and its general standards for community behavior.
  • Each user is responsible for the security and integrity of information stored or accessed via his or her computer or user account.
  • User accounts, passwords, security codes and other types of authorization are assigned to individual users and must not be shared with or used by others.
  • Incidental personal use of the school’s technology resources must not interfere with the community member’s performance or with the community’s ability to use the resources for professional and academic purposes and must not violate other school policies or standards of behavior.
  • Except as authorized by the Director of Technology, use of the school’s technology resources or data for personal business, political campaigning, or commercial purposes is prohibited.

Privacy Expectations / Monitoring

Individuals should not expect unconditional privacy with respect to their Internet access via the St. Mark’s network. All data stored or transmitted or accessed by users, including e-mail, leaves a trail. This information is not actively monitored but can and will be reviewed by the administration as required. The school’s network resources are the property of the school. The school reserves the right to access, view, filter, or monitor any information or communication stored on or transmitted over the network, or on or over equipment that has been used to access the school’s network, and it may be required by law to allow third parties to do so.
St. Mark’s, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to bypass user account passwords and to access, view or monitor its systems and all of their contents. By accessing the school’s system, you have consented to the school’s right to do so.

Policy Enforcement

All members of the community are expected to assist in the enforcement of this policy. Persons in violation of this policy are subject to a full range of sanctions, including, but not limited to, the loss of computer or network access privileges, disciplinary action, and dismissal/termination from the school. Some violations may constitute criminal offenses as defined by local, state and federal laws, and the school may initiate or assist in the prosecution of any such violations to the full extent of the law.
Any suspected violation of this policy should be reported immediately to the Director of Information Technology, as well as to the Dean of Students (if the suspected violator is a student), the Dean of Faculty (if the suspected violator is a faculty member) or the Business Manager (if the suspected violator is a staff member).

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