Web Filtering

St. Mark’s has an obligation to filter and record certain types of internet traffic entering or originating from it’s network. We record all inbound and outbound internet traffic and associate it with a user account or specific device, per our Internet acceptable use policy.

At this time, the only content categories that are actively blocked are as follows.

  • Pornography
  • Gambling
  • Hacking/Malware/Phishing
  • Peer-to-Peer networking

The filtering system uses a number of mechanisms to determine how a site is categorized. Basic URL filters make the first pass at a site, but then active content filtering does a “deep” look at the content being delivered and determines how to classify it. Because content can vary, it is possible to be allowed to access a “main site” but be blocked while attempting to access specific areas of content.

All decisions to block or unblock content are made by the senior administration. Specifically a combination of the Head of school, the AD Team, the Dean of Faculty and the Dean of Students.

If you believe a site is incorrectly categorized, or needs to be allowed for academic reasons, please submit a helpdesk ticket and it will be submitted for review by the administration.

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