In the Diocese of Trenton, we believe that "... technology must be at the
service of the human person ... in conformity with the plan and the will
of God ...This is a precious resource when placed at the service of
(humankind) and promotes integral development for the benefit of all."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2293,#2294). In the Diocese of
Trenton, we believe that the Internet is a research tool that needs to be
respected and used for the enrichment of learning.
With this in mind, it is important
that we remember that our schools are founded for Faith development and
all tools that we use in the education process keep this fact in the
forefront. In the Diocese of Trenton, we further believe that the parent,
student and school form a partnership which embraces the ideals of the
Catholic faith in word and action. By signing the following policy, the
parent and students agree that the student will value the research
advantage of the Internet and not use it in any manner that violates these
values and ideals.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
The purpose of school-provided technology, including Internet access
and electronic mail, is to facilitate legitimate educational endeavors. To
remain eligible as users, students must restrict their activities to those
which are in support of and consistent with the school's philosophy and
Access to all forms of technology is
a privilege, which entails responsibility on the part of the user. A
global and diverse electronic communications network, the Internet
provides world-wide access to computers containing information resources
which may not be considered of educational value in the context of the
school setting or of a suitable nature for school-age students. The school
considers the information gathered from the Internet and obtained from all
other software in the same manner as all other reference materials, in
that such resources must enhance the learning environment. All schools
acknowledge that their ability to restrict access to any and all
inappropriate information is limited when students are actively encouraged
to explore and manipulate these electronic resources as part of the
Student access to, and use of, the
Internet as well as all other computer-related technology, shall be at all
times under the direct supervision of the professional educational staff.
Consequently, whenever possible, links to Internet sites shall be
fashioned to focus a student's attention to resources previously evaluated
by the teacher. In all other cases, the user shall be provided with
guidelines and/or references geared to the particular learning objectives.
Technology should serve as an effective and necessary tool to allow
our students, teachers and administrators to be prepared for the advances
of the twenty-first century. Technology should further enhance the
communication ability of the members of our school community as they
integrate within our increasingly global society. Equitable and
responsible access to technology should be provided in order for the
students, teachers and administrators to acquire technological
ongoing technology training should be provided to all the students,
teachers and administrators. All educators in the Catholic schools in the
Diocese of Trenton should model the integration of technology as life-long
learners. All schools' use of technology should require parental written
permission and the following of all directions outlined in applicable
In order for a student to gain access to school- provided technology,
including the Internet and electronic mail, he/she must obtain the written
permission of the parent/guardian, who shall have the option of denying
their son/daughter Internet access by requesting an alternative
assignment. All students must sign the Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
Students utilizing Internet access are responsible for their behavior
on-line in accordance with the school's disciplinary policy. Users shall
not be permitted to use any technology while access privileges are
suspended or revoked.
Insofar as school administrators and
faculty may review files and monitor all student computer, local area
network, and Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure
that users are acting responsibly, the privacy of student files and
electronic mail is not guaranteed in the school setting.
Students violating policies
governing standards of conduct or the use of technology, including the
Internet and electronic mail, shall be subject to revocation of privileges
and potential disciplinary and/or appropriate legal action. The school
makes no assurances of any kind, whether expressed or implied, regarding
any Internet services. Use of any information obtained via the Internet or
other school-provided software is at the user's own risk.
The school will not be responsible
for any damages incurred by the user, including, but not limited to, loss
of data resulting from delays or interruptions in Internet or in- school
network services and/or hardware failure. The school will not be
responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on
any fixed or removable electronic media, whether on workstations,
stand-alone computers or servers nor for same obtained from
school-provided Internet access.
Further, the school shall not be
responsible for personal property used to access school stand-alone or
networked computers nor for unauthorized financial obligations resulting
from access to the Internet. These guidelines and all its provisions are
subordinate to local, state and federal statues. All users of the school's
Internet access must also comply with agreements specified in the contract
with the Internet Service Provider.
Students shall not deliberately
use school computers, networks, electronic mail, or access to the
Internet to create or transmit text, images, or audio which could be
considered as damaging to another's reputation, abusive, obscene,
sexually orientated, offensive, threatening, inflammatory,
discriminatory, harassing, or otherwise illegal or contrary to school
Students shall not intentionally
damage, misuse, or tamper with any hardware or software, network system,
or information belonging to others, or allow others to do the same.
Users shall not deliberately interfere with the ability of other persons
to send/receive electronic mail.
Students shall not remove
technology hardware or software from the school without permission of
the teacher or administrator(s).
Students shall not gain
unauthorized access to resources or entities (such as restricted IRC
chat area) or invade the privacy of others, except as otherwise provided
in this policy.
Students shall not post anonymous
messages or any material authorized or created by another person without
Students shall not use a school
network for commercial or private advertising.
Students shall not use the school
network or electronic mail in a fashion inconsistent with directions
from teachers and other staff and generally accepted network etiquette.
Students shall not subscribe or use fee based on-line
services without the prior written
approval of the school administrator(s).
Students may not use electronic
mail for any illegal activity, including but not limited to violation of
Students shall not forge
electronic mail messages or web pages.
Students shall not transmit
personal information about other students including, but nor limited to
student names, addresses and phone numbers without written permission
from the student or his/her parents/guardians.
Students shall not respond to
unsolicited electronic mail messages from any source which consists of
obscene, suggestive, illegal, offensive, pornographic or objectionable
content without permission of their supervising teacher.
All school staff members whose duties include supervising students or
staff using school computers, networks, Internet access, or electronic
mail are obligated to read, understand, and adhere to those procedures and
should enforce the rules concerning acceptable use of school technology.
Whenever a staff member in the course of his/her duties becomes aware of
violations of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy, he/she is required to
advise the user and address the matter in accordance with this procedure
and the school's disciplinary code.
Given the dynamic nature of technological advancements and the
volatile nature of resources available on the Internet, the school
acknowledges its inability to completely regulate and monitor the
information received or sent by students. As such, the school cannot
assure parents that students will be denied access to every and all
inappropriate materials or sending or receiving communications contrary to
the school's philosophy, goals, and educational mission.
Parents and guardians of students
should be aware that, some material accessible via the Internet may
contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially
offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain
goods and services via the Internet which could result in unwanted
financial obligations for which a student's parent or guardian would be
The educational value of the school's use of technology, including
student access to the Internet and electronic mail, is the responsibility
of the teachers as well as the students and their parents/guardians. Given
the school's limited availability of technology, students are expected to
use these resources judiciously in accordance with the following
guidelines. The school administrator(s) and his/her designees may
remove/add applications, delete/archive user files, and/or modify hardware
and software configurations without prior notice to maintain the operation
of technology resources for all users.
All use, whether or not explicitly
enumerated within this policy, must be consistent with the philosophy and
goals and the educational mission of the school. The school
administrator(s) reserve the right to make determinations that particular
uses are or are not consistent with the purpose of the school. Students
shall report illegal or unauthorized use of the network to the supervising
teacher or the authorized technical and information services
Students shall not intentionally
make unusable or inaccessible any individual's computer data files
and/or programs resident on any removable or fixed electronic storage
Students shall not access another
person's materials, information, or files without the implied or direct
permission of that person. Users shall not attempt to read, delete, copy
or modify the electronic mail of any other person.
Students shall not use or attempt
to obtain another user's password.
Students shall not use school
computers, networks, electronic mail, or the Internet for reasons of
personal profit or any other non-instructional or non-administrative
Students shall not use school
computers, networks, or access to the Internet for unlawful purposes,
such as the illegal copying or installation of software, or violation of
Students shall not copy, change or
transfer any software or of documentation provided by the school,
teachers, or that of another user without permission from the school
Students shall not write, produce,
generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code
designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance
of any computer's memory, file system, or software.