Technology: Acceptable Use Policy

The Saint Francis High School Acceptable Use Policy  applies to all technology resources including, but not limited to: personal laptop computers, school computers, cell phones, video and audio equipment, copy machines and information storage devices. Saint Francis High School students are expected to use school resources in a considerate, ethical, moral and legal manner.

All Saint Francis High School technology systems and information stored on them are governed by school policies and are subject to school supervision and inspection whether they reside on school owned computers or computers or external drives brought on campus by students. Saint  Francis High School reserves the right to monitor, access, retrieve, read and disclose all messages, information, and files created, sent, posted from, stored on laptops brought onto campus, or stored on its systems to law enforcement officials or others without prior notice. Any student who violates this policy or any applicable local, state or federal laws, is subject to disciplinary action, a loss of technology privileges, and may face legal prosecution.

Electronic Devices

The privacy of all students is protected during the school day. All electronic devices shall be kept out of sight and turned off at all times until the school day is over. Personal items that can take and/or transmit electronic images including digital cameras, cell phones and video cameras cannot be used to take or transmit images at any time during the school day. The school reserves the right to confiscate and review information on any electronic device from students who violate this rule, and students will receive detention. If a student receives a second electronic device violation, the device will remain in the Dean’s Office until the next school day, and will only be released to a parent.

Acceptable Use on SFNet and General Computer Use
Saint Francis High School provides computer network access (SFNet) to students who use the access in accordance with the mission and  philosophy of Saint Francis High School. Students agree to the following terms as a condition of having network access:
  1. Appropriate Use: Student use of the Saint Francis computer network (SFNet) must be consistent with the philosophy of Saint Francis High School and its educational goals. Misuse includes any Internet conduct on or off-campus that negatively affects the reputation of Saint Francis High School including messages sent, posted or received that suggest harassment, racism, sexism and inappropriate language or symbols.
  2. Vandalism/Hacking: Students will not use their Saint Francis access or other Internet access to interfere with or disrupt network users, services, Saint Francis High School data or data of another student, or equipment, either locally or off campus.
  3. Unauthorized Entry: Students will not access or try to make unauthorized entry to any machine accessible via the network or on remote networks. If a student notices a security problem, the student must notify school personnel immediately.
  4. Inappropriate Messages: Students will not use their Saint Francis access to transmit threatening, obscene or harassing materials, including chain-letters, solicitations, inappropriate photos, or broadcast messages via our network or email system.
  5. Inappropriate Material: The Internet contains certain material that is illegal, defamatory, inaccurate or potentially offensive to some people. Students will not use their Saint Francis access to knowingly visit sites that contain this material nor import, transmit and/or transfer any of this material to other computers.
  6. School Personnel: Students should not email, post to websites or blogs, images, photos or video of employees of Saint Francis High School. This includes the creation of fan pages or groups on social networking sites.
  7. Private Use: Students will not provide their Saint Francis access or password or share another student’s password with any other student or non-student. Students may not use another individual’s account or log onto the Internet as anyone else.
  8. Personal Privacy: Students will not communicate their address, phone number or other personal information to any person or company on the Internet or through email.
  9. Unauthorized Programs or Computers: Students may not use, copy, delete, or install any program on a school computer or save any executable program without the permission of school personnel. Students may not use personal laptop computers without prior permission from the Technology Director.
  10. Copyright: Students are not to post to websites or blogs any photos or logos that are the property (intellectual property) of Saint Francis High School.

Any unauthorized technology used for the purpose of bypassing security systems, including internet filtering is not permitted. This included the use of ssh, proxy-bypass software, remote desktop sessions, anonymizing websites/software and other technologies.

Any costs, charges, liabilities or damage by misuse of the computers are the individual student’s responsibility. Any consequences of service interruption or privacy violation, will lead to disciplinary action. Such action can include suspension and/or expulsion from Saint Francis High School.