Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Gonzaga Preparatory School recognizes that the internet, computers, smart phones, iPads, and other information technology plays a powerful role in society. Realizing the importance of technology, yet cognizant of its potential for inappropriate use, Gonzaga Prep offers its students access to such technology within the limits of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy. The intent of this policy is to be consistent with and implement the Mission Statement, the Profile of the Graduate, the principles of Catholic and Jesuit education and the Student Handbook.
A. Responsibilities and Recommendations:
1. Academics and the iPad:
- a) Memory space is limited. Academic content should take precedence over personal files and apps. In the case of memory space conflict, personal files/apps must be removed at the student’s expense.
- b) Malfunctions or technical issues are not acceptable excuses for failing to complete an assignment, unless no other means of completion exist.
2. Care for the iPad:
- a) Students should use protective covers/cases for their iPads. The iPad screen is made of glass and is subject to cracking and breaking if misused. Do not place heavy objects on top of the iPad.
- b) Do not subject the iPad to extreme heat or cold.
- c) To extend battery life, a student should turn off and secure his/her iPad when not in use.
- d) To extend battery life, a student should power off before charging.
- e) The iPad is required to be at school every day, fully charged. If an iPad is left at home or is not charged, the student remains responsible for completing all coursework.
3. Management of the iPad:
- a) The whereabouts of the iPad should be known at all times. When not in use, iPads should not be left carelessly unattended in hallways or corridors, but locked in lockers if they are not in a student’s immediate possession. Unless otherwise specified, iPads should not be brought to school assemblies or mass, but left in their locked lockers.
- b) Students are to back up their iPad to iCloud. Every time the iPad is plugged in, the iPad will automatically back-up. Backing school work up to iCloud should take precedence over personal information.
- c) Students are required to enable Find My iPad.
- d) Required school apps may not be deleted and must be updated periodically.
- e) Students should create and maintain a private, personal access code not to be shared with others.
- f) Students should not lock iPads belonging to other students.
- g) A student’s identification information should be visible on the lock screen at all times.
- h) Students must connect their iPads to G-Prep Wifi and not use cellular service during school hours.
- i) The volume is to remain on mute in the classrooms and the hallways unless permission is obtained from the teacher.
- 1) If an iPad is found unattended, it should be given to the Office of Student Life.
- 2) The student agrees to the predefined Gonzaga Prep rules of “Acceptable Use” when using the iPad camera or audio recording.
- j) Loss or theft of an iPad must be reported to the Office of Student Life immediately.
B. Electronic Mail:
Electronic mail is defined as a personal electronic message sent by or to a use in correspondence with another person or persons having Internet access. Users are expected to remove old messages in a timely fashion.
- Each student will be assigned a school email address. The school email address should be used primarily for academic purposes and may not be used to propagate inappropriate material.
- Students will be required to set up Mail on their iPad using their Gonzaga Prep email address. It is the expectation that students check their Gonzaga Prep email regularly. Additional emails can be added.
- The student is responsible for maintaining the security of the password associated with that account.
- The passing of chain letters via electronic mail is specifically prohibited.
- Mail messages may be monitored and inspected by the system administrators, although the system administrators will not normally inspect the contents of messages sent by one member to an identified addressee or disclose such contents other than the sender or an intended recipient without the consent of the same, unless required to do so by law or by policy of Gonzaga Prep, or to investigate complaints regarding cheating, defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, offensive or illegal material.
- Users are expected to abide by reasonable standards of etiquette in the use of electronic mail.
C. Prohibited Behavior:
All activity deemed unacceptable, inappropriate or illegal by Gonzaga Preparatory School is prohibited. Information determined to be in violation of school policies will be forwarded to the Deans of Students and dealt with in accordance with policies laid forth in the Student Handbook. Such activity may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Possessing, accessing, downloading, displaying, transmitting or installing inappropriate material in any form or manner. Inappropriate material includes, but is not limited to, offensive, pornographic, racist, militant, or sexually explicit material (whether text, image, or lyric based).
- Possessing, accessing, downloading, displaying, transmitting or installing any material which jeopardizes the good name of the school, which is detrimental to the common good, or which is harmful or offensive to members of the school community.
- Making audio or video recordings without the expressed permission of a teacher or administrator.
- Using obscene or profane language.
- Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
- Damaging or vandalizing school or others’ property.
- Violating copyright laws.
- Using others’ passwords to access network resources.
- Using technology for commercial purposes.
- Using printers for non-school-related materials.
- Reviewing, modifying or displaying information from the files of administrative systems of Gonzaga Prep or of other organizations.
- Any other activity which may be deemed inappropriate at the discretion of the Gonzaga Prep Administration.
D. General Provisions:
- Because of the rapid evolution of technology this Policy is intended to broadly cover and include but not be limited to the internet, iPads, smart phones, cell phones, laptops, tablets and computers. The administration of Gonzaga Prep reserves the right to address any situation in light of the Mission Statement, the Profile of the Graduate, the principles of Catholic and Jesuit education and the Student Handbook.
- The use of technology is a privilege, not a right and may be revoked at the discretion of Gonzaga Prep.
- Student use of technology must conform to standards expected in the use of any personal property or school property or resources.
- All data, information, and materials stored, either school or personal related, on Gonzaga Prep computers or networks is considered property of Gonzaga Prep and can be subject to modification, deletion, or review.
- The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s technology device to ensure compliance with the Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
- Students in violation of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy may be subject to disciplinary action, including confiscation of a device. In the event of confiscation, completion of all class work remains the responsibility of the student. Gonzaga Prep is not responsible for the loss of any information as all files should be backed up.
- Gonzaga Prep is not responsible for any loss, theft or damage to personal devices.
- The student and student’s parent(s) / guardian(s) hereby agree to indemnify and release all personal injury and property damage claims against Gonzaga Preparatory School and all of its employees and agents arising from or relating to the student’s use of the Internet.