Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Computer & Internet Use
Access to computers and the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Each user, as well as a student's parent or guardian, voluntarily agrees to release, hold harmless, defend, and indemnify Cathedral High School and its employees for and against all claims, actions, charges, losses or damages that arrive out of the user's use of a computer and the Internet.
Acceptable use of computers and the Internet includes classroom instruction, completion of class assignments, research, appropriate communication with teachers and students, accessing websites intended for educational purposes, and the official work of school organizations and clubs.
Unacceptable use of computers and the Internet includes viewing, accessing, or transmitting pornographic or offensive materials or statements. This applies to on-screen displays, sounds, messages, or printing of images that could reasonably be considered pornographic or offensive as determined by school administrators.
Unacceptable use also includes sending messages, posting statements, or maintaining a social networking site (i.e. Facebook) that has intentionally false or defamatory information about a person, group, or organization. It is also unacceptable to make personal attacks, threats, or harass (using a computer of the Internet in a manner that bothers another person and not stopping when asked to do so), or to communicate with strangers or reveal personal information about yourself or another person such as disclosing their name, home address, phone number, or e-mail address.
Further unacceptable use of computers and the Internet also includes:
- Taking possession of computer equipment, software, data, peripheral device, or any other electronic property or resources belonging to the school, the faculty, or staff.
- Intentionally wasting, abusing, and/or damaging computer and network resources. This includes excessive printing on school printers.
- Using another student's account, allowing someone else to use your account, or trying to access another person's account. Using someone else's name or in any way impersonating another person or misrepresenting affiliation with a person or group.
- Attempting to tamper with a teacher’s electronic grade book, school records, teacher or school email, tests or to log-in seeking privileged information.
- Using school equipment for loading, sharing, copying, and downloading software, music, videos, movies, written works, information, images, or other files in violation of copyright or patent protection as stated by the owner and/or U.S. law.
- Participating in chat rooms, purchasing items on the Internet, instant messaging, accessing game sites, online gambling, or other interactive recreational activities.
- Intentionally transmitting any material or messages containing software viruses, unsolicited advertising, "spamming" or chain letters.
- Hiding online activity, using online proxy servers or software.
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for iPads
Access to technological devices, specifically iPads, at Cathedral are used for the purpose of supporting the educational experience and mission of the school. Use of the iPad carries responsibilities and behavioral expectations consistent with all school rules and policies. Each user, as well as a student’s parent or guardian, voluntarily agrees to release, hold harmless, defend, and indemnify Cathedral High School and its employees for and against all claims, actions, charges, losses or damages that arrive out of the user’s use of an iPad and the Internet.
The following rules apply to all students regarding the use of their iPad:
- Any viewing, sharing or transmission of iPad material containing inappropriate content, offensive language, derogatory rumors/gossip, or other content not in keeping with Cathedral’s mission or philosophy is prohibited. Pornography or sexually explicit or suggestive photos or content is strictly prohibited.
- Any iPad use, whether or not utilizing the Cathedral network, which could pose a risk of physical or mental harm to anyone is prohibited.
- Any attempt to connect an iPad to the internet through a non-Cathedral network such as but not limited to Hotspots while on Cathedral's campus is prohibited.
- 1. Students must maintain the AirDrop function OFF at all times while on campus. Student’s will be held responsible for receiving material containing inappropriate content, offensive language, derogatory rumors/gossip, or other content not in keeping with Cathedral’s mission or philosophy is prohibited.
- iPads must be charged at home and brought to school fully charged. Students are not to plug in their iPads or charge them at school.
- Students are not to share their user name, passwords, addresses, or other personal information on the Internet without the authorization of a parent or Cathedral’s Director of Educational Technology.
- Students have no privacy rights in the use of their iPad. All iPad activity, including communications, internet history, or other uses, are subject to monitoring by an appropriate Cathedral administrator. Cathedral administrators may inspect and, if they deem necessary, may confiscate a student’s iPad at any time without prior notice should a concern arise.
- Students are prohibited from sharing, lending, and borrowing or stealing iPads. This includes touching, locking, or disabling another student’s iPad.
- iPads are not allowed to be used in any restroom or locker room and should be stored in book locker during P.E. and athletic practices.
- Music and games for personal use are permitted but all sounds must be muted and games, music or apps which conflict or are offensive to the school as a Catholic, Lasallian school, as determined by the Dean of Students, is prohibited and must be removed.
- Certain internet materials may not be copied or reproduced without the permission of the author or other right-holder. It is the student’s responsibility to respect and adhere to all copyright laws.
- Sending or receiving pictures of class assignments, quizzes, or tests is strictly prohibited and subject to academic and disciplinary penalties including dismissal from the school..
- The Cathedral network may not be accessed without authorization. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing the network using any account other than a student’s own.
- Unauthorized pictures, video or audio recordings of another student, teacher and/or staff member without their expressed permission is prohibited. Electronic communications and other iPad uses that may be regarded as offensive, hurtful, or otherwise inappropriate by others is also prohibited.
- Students are solely responsible for the care and safekeeping of their iPads. Cathedral is not responsible for the theft, loss or damage to any iPad.
- To use an iPad at school proper use, care and safekeeping includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Registering your iPad via our online Registration form found on our school website
- Keeping your iPad in a protective carrying case at all times
- Make sure your iPads is passcode protected
- The serial number on the back of the iPad is not to be scratched off
- The iPad cannot be jailbroken
- Activating and maintaining ‘Find my iPhone/iPad’ function at all times
- Making sure you know your Apple ID login information
- Under General Settings, name must read the Student’s full name and ID number
- Charging the iPad battery on a daily basis at home (iPads are not to be charged at school or in any classroom or building).
- Secure your iPad at all times. (Do not leave iPad unattended in class, outside area or an unlocked locker. iPads are not to placed in any locker in the locker room).
- This iPad Acceptable Use Policy applies to all Cathedral students at all times, whether or not the student is on campus.
- Violations of any portion of this iPad Acceptable Use Policy may result in disciplinary and/or academic penalties. Such actions may include but are not limited to the following:
- Loss of daily course participation points in class
- iPad confiscation by an administrator
- Parent call
- Cancellation of Internet access
- Dismissal from Cathedral High School
The school administration reserves the right to change and update Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) without prior notice. Any student, who violates the school policy concerning iPads and computers, the network, or the Internet, will result in disciplinary and/or academic penalties. Such action may include detention, suspension, probation, financial costs or dismissal from Cathedral High School. Academic penalties may require lowering a student’s grade, canceling the student's computer and Internet access, receiving a semester "F" grade for the class in which the violation occurred, dismissal from the class, including dismissal from Cathedral High School. Students dismissed during a semester are still responsible for full tuition charges of that semester.
Right to Confiscate and Search Student iPads
At any time on campus teachers have the right to verify the iPad the student has in his possession is his. If a teacher believes an iPad does not belong to a student, the teacher has the right to confiscate the iPad and give it to the Dean of Students to investigate. The school reserves the right to search and maintain possession of a suspected stolen iPad while conducting its investigation and to determine what to do with the iPad after the investigation is closed. Students and parents should assume that any iPad that has the serial numbers scratched off is stolen and will not be returned. Possession of assumed stolen property also makes the student subject to dismissal from Cathedral with notification given to local police and law enforcement authorities. Under no circumstance is a student to have in his possession an iPad that does not belong to him or have an iPad that has serial numbers scratched off.
Lost iPad $5 Penalty/Fine
Every time a lost iPad is turned in to the Dean of Students or Director of Educational Technology it will be returned to the student (owner) and a $5.00 fine will be assessed to the student.
Prohibition on Cyber Bullying & Sexting is part of Acceptable Use Policy
Cyber bullying is defined as willful and repeated harm inflicted on another person through electronic media. Any students who sends a partial or fully naked picture of a minor or attempts to be harmful or cruel to another student or individual, in the judgment of the Principal, by sending or posting offensive material (including words, pictures or images) using a cell phone, iPad, the internet or other electronic device can be suspended from school, placed on disciplinary probation, or dismissed from the school. Serious incidents – including sexting or threats of violence – may be turned over to law enforcement authorities for prosecution. In order to stay enrolled, students and/or parents are not authorized to use the name of Cathedral High School in any electronic communication, and when requested, must remove comments, images or pictures that in the judgment of the Principal is harmful to another student or the reputation of the school.