Technology Usage

The school has developed an Acceptable Usage Policy for using the World Wide Web and Internet. Students must complete a permission form before using any computers in the building which have access to the Internet. The Acceptable Usage Agreement & Information form will be distributed to all students to be signed and returned to the Library.


  1. Students  use  of  the  Internet  on  school  computer  hardware  on  school  premises,  or  through school  obtained  accounts,  both  on-site  and  through  remote  connections,  is  governed  by  the policies  of  the  Department  of  Education  of  the  Diocese  of  Syracuse  and  the  local  school regulations.
  2. Students  use  of  the  Internet  is  also  governed  by  principles  of  electronic  ethical  use  and current laws  governing  copyrighted  materials,  etc. Each user is responsible for all material sent and received under their user account.
  3. The  use  of  Internet  accounts  is  a  privilege  and  may  be  revoked  by  the  principal,  Internet coordinator, teacher, or Internet Provider at any time for violations of policies.
  4. All  telecommunications  access  on  school  computers  is  limited  to  school obtained  accounts and  is  restricted  to  educational  business  and  school  related  projects.  Personal accounts, including email and chat rooms, on commercial services or other Internet providers may not be used in school.   Student  use  must  be  supervised  by  the  teacher,  Internet  coordinator  or network administrator.
  5. An  Internet  use  consent  form  must  be  signed  by  the  student  and  parent/guardian  before student use is granted.  This form must be kept on file and renewed annually.
  6. Computers, including all information, programs, software and use privileges belong solely to the  school  and  are  subject  to  review  and  inspection  at  any  time  without  suspicion or  cause.  The  school  reserves  the  right  to  inspect,  copy  and/or  delete  all  files  and  records  on  school computers or accessed through school accounts.
  7. Privacy is to be insured at all times.  Students will be instructed not to reveal their personal address or phone numbers or those of others.  All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed private property.
  8. Account  holders/users  are  responsible  to  safeguard  passwords  and  access  protocols, and insure  their  account  is  protected  from  unauthorized  access. Account holders will be  held accountable  for  all  activity  logged  on  their  account,  regardless  if  they  were  personally  the user.  All users are required to adhere to the following password controls:
    1. Passwords shall be non-meaningful terms. Passwords should not be of a common nature such as last name, street name, etc.
    2. Passwords should not be displayed, divulged, accessible or shared.  If there is reason to believe that a password has become known, it should be changed immediately.
    3. Passwords should  never  be  written  down,  attached  to  the  terminal,  placed under  the keyboard, or any other insecure place.
    4. Account holders should notify their teacher-sponsor or the teacher of the class if unauthorized access to their account is detected or suspected.
  9. Students  use  of  the  Internet  is  governed  by  the  student  behavior  code  as  included  in  the Diocesan  Policy  Handbook,  policy  of  the  Diocese  of  Syracuse,  and  current  State  and Federal Laws.  Access is a privilege, not a right.  Access entails responsibility.  Inappropriate computer behavior/use includes, but is not limited to the following:
    1. Sending or displaying offensive messages, pictures, or unlawful information on the Internet.
    2. Using impolite, abusive, or otherwise objectionable language in either public or private.
    3. Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
    4. Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer networks.
    5. Violating copyright laws.
    6. Trespassing in others’ folders, work or files.
    7. Intentionally wasting limited resources.
  10. Employing the network for commercial purposes or in ways that violate federal, state, or local laws or statutes.
    Consequences of inappropriate computer use shall be:
    1. In general, penalties for minor infractions are determined by the teacher, Internet coordinator and/or network administrator, e.g. loss of computer privileges for a period of time.  A student reinstated under this provision has computer privileges only when supervision is available.
    2. For major infractions, or at the discretion of the principal in discussion with the teacher, student computer privileges may be revoked for the remainder of the academic year.
    3. Notification of parents of a student’s inappropriate computer use may be made at any time.
    4. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved. This includes all Not Acceptable Use included in this document but not specifically stated here.