St. Andrew’s seeks to teach students the power of technology for research, collaboration, communication, and leadership. The School’s approach to technology also includes an exploration of the dangers and abuses and distractions of this form of communication.
St. Andrew’s policies regarding academic integrity and the honor code, human rights and living in a community govern the use of technology and social media. All members of the community have the responsibility to use the School network as well as their own devices in an ethical and responsible manner.
The St. Andrew’s network is developed, expanded, and maintained as an educational tool for students; the network should be used primarily for educational purposes. While website and database research and activity is required in many classes, there are risks and responsibilities all students should understand and adhere to while using technology and the Internet at St. Andrew’s.
Students must follow these procedures:
- Obtain and distribute written, audio, and visual information, in a proper manner.
- Cite and document all information obtained online.
- Follow all laws regarding copyright and legally obtain (or purchase) software they plan to use on their private computers.
We require students to access their Google accounts in order to receive important information from their teachers, coaches, and School administrators, and encourage students to use social media and networking as a way to establish a positive online identity and connect with others. We expect students to uphold School standards of integrity and kindness while using email and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
Students must understand and follow these expectations:
- Treat all people with honor and respect.
- Behave at all times in a manner consistent with our human rights policies, as well as all other aspects of our code of conduct.
- Adhere to the hours allowed for use of the Internet or phones.
- Alert School administration of any concerns for safety or security of any student, faculty or staff member.
In the social media world, the lines are blurred between what is public or private, personal or professional, on-campus or off-campus. There are best practices that all students should consider in their use of social media and their construction of an online identity:
- Students should assume that, regardless of privacy settings, all information shared online or on a social network is public information. Online “conversations” are never truly private.
- Students should avoid sharing personally identifying information online.
- Students should obtain permission to post pictures of others.
- Students should look closely at the content of something (pictures, articles, etc.) before sharing a link or posting it on a wall or page. Anything posted can represent or misrepresent beliefs or positions on an important issue or matter.
Under all circumstances, students must not engage in the following:
- Circumvent the School’s network management and security system.
- Attempt to access the personal accounts or private files of other users.
- Impersonate or pose as another person in any form.
- Download or distribute any pornographic, offensive, or degrading images or video including photographs of themselves or their peers.
The use of the St. Andrew’s network is a privilege, not a right, which may be revoked at any time for abusive conduct. Any violation of the above policies or any use of technology in the violation of any School rule could result in not only partial or complete loss of this privilege, but also separation, suspension or dismissal.
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