USJ Responsible Use Policy

University School of Jackson is committed to the use of technology in the academic program as a tool to expand learning opportunities and conduct scholarly research.  University School of Jackson provides network access for students, faculty, staff and administration.  Our goal is to promote educational excellence by facilitating research, resource sharing, communication, collaboration and innovation.  All network access is expected to support education and research and to be consistent with the educational goals of University School of Jackson.  All rules and regulations given in this document apply to computers and networks used on the campus of and/or provided by USJ and all other personal devices such as tablets, phones, smart watches, etc. brought on campus by students.

The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use or use in violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.  The Responsible Use Policy is designed to give students and their families clear and concise guidelines regarding the appropriate use of laptops and other computers on the University School of Jackson's campus.  The underlying premise of this policy is that all members of the USJ community must uphold the values of honesty and integrity; thus, we expect our students to use good judgment and to utilize technology with integrity.  The University School of Jackson Honor Code remains a daily reminder that honorable and just behavior is expected of all students.

Students should bring fully charged laptops to school each day. 

Email:

  1. Students are not allowed to use the school assigned email address to sign up for anything other than school related uses.
  2. The full name of your email address is not to be changed under any circumstances.
  3. Email during class is prohibited unless authorized by faculty or administration.
  4. Email services provided by the school are to be used only for the exchange of appropriate information.
  5. Students should always use appropriate language in their email.  Inappropriate email is not allowed, including derogatory, obscene, or harassing messages.  Email messages of an abusive or harassing nature will be regarded as a violation of school rules and/or the Honor Code.
  6. Chain letters of any kind and spam are prohibited. Chain letters are defined as any email message asking you to pass information or messages on to other individuals or groups by email.
  7. Students are prohibited from accessing anyone else's email account.

Phone Calls, Online Chatting and Texting

  1. Phone calls, online chatting, texting and instant messaging are prohibited on campus during school hours.  School hours are 8 AM to 3:05 PM.
  2. Exceptions may be granted with the approval of the faculty/administration.
  3. Participation in chat rooms during school hours is prohibited.

Audio and Video

Sanctions
Students are required to adhere to all provisions and conditions set forth in this Responsible Use Policy. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action and could result in the loss of laptop privileges, suspension and possible legal actions. Students are to report any known violations of this Responsible Use Policy to appropriate administrative staff members. USJ will take no responsibility for activities conducted on school computers and laptops or materials stored on computers, laptops, or the network.
All infractions of this policy may result in limitations imposed on the student’s computer and network use. However, the following two infractions cannot be tolerated for any reason and carry additional penalties:

  1. Using proxies to access blocked sites is an honor code offense, possibly including a suspension and will be dealt with accordingly.
  2. Use of abusive or harassing language/ actions is an honor code offense with possible suspension.
  1. Audio on computers should be turned off unless required for the activity being conducted.
  2. Each student should have his/her own set of headphones/earbuds.
  3. The use of laptops to stream music and videos is not permitted during the school day unless required for the  educational  activity being conducted.
  4. Music containing sexually explicit or violent lyrics should not be stored on school laptops.

Games

  1. Online or standalone games are not permitted during school hours.
  2. The school reserves the right to remove any game that is considered inappropriate or impedes the educational purposes of the laptop program.

Laptop Security

  1. Student laptops must not be left unattended at any time. If a laptop is found unattended, a faculty or staff member will take the computer to the appropriate division office.
  2. MacBooks must be in a student’s possession or secured at all times.
  3. Coaches and teachers should provide a secure area for the laptops during after school activities.

Laptop Security

  1. Students must not make any attempt to access servers or network information that is not open to the public.
  2. Students may not use the school network for personal or private business reasons.
  3. Students are not to knowingly degrade or disrupt online services or equipment as such activity is considered a crime under state and federal laws.  This includes tampering with computer hardware or software, vandalizing data, invoking computer viruses, attempting to gain access to restricted or on authorized network services or violating copyright laws.
  4. USJ is not responsible for damage to or lost data transferred through its network or stored on laptops, computers, or on its server.

Downloading and Loading of Software

  1. All installed software must be a legally licensed copy.
  2. The downloading of music files, video files, games, etc. through the school’s network is absolutely prohibited unless it is part of an assigned, in-class activity.
  3. The school reserves the right to remove any installed software that impedes the educational purpose of the laptop program.

Internet Use

  1. The Internet is a rich and invaluable source of information for education.
  2. Inappropriate materials are available on the Internet and are strictly prohibited. These materials include items of a sexually or pornographic nature, extremist, or militant materials, gambling, depictions of violence, images that are intended to be abusive or harassing, etc. Students must not access, display or store this type of material.
  3. Information obtained through the Internet must be properly cited in compliance of all copyright laws.  Due to the quickly changing nature of the Internet, a hardcopy of referenced material may be recommended. Students are required to give proper credit to all Internet sources used in academic assignments, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music and text.
  4. Plagiarism is an Honor Code violation and includes the use of any information obtained from the Internet that is not properly cited. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated the same as any other incidences of plagiarism.
  5. If a student accidentally accesses a website containing obscene, pornographic or otherwise offensive material, he/she is to notify a teacher or the director of technology as quickly as possible so sites can be blocked from further access. This is not merely a request: it is a responsibility.
  6. Social networking (Facebook, Tumbler, Twitter, etc.) is prohibited during school hours. 

Privacy and Safety

  1. Sharing computers is prohibited.  Students must secure and maintain private passwords for network and email use as well as laptop access. This is important in order to protect the privacy of each student.   Ultimately, account owners are responsible for all activity under their account.
  2. Students may not give any personal information regarding themselves or others through email or the Internet, including name, phone number, address, email, passwords, photos, etc.  Frequently the identity of someone on the Internet is impossible to confirm; therefore, contact with such individuals is considered inappropriate and unsafe.  This information may be submitted by a student for college applications and when necessary for accounts required by USJ (i.e. turnitin.com).
  3. Students are not to provide the email address or other personal information (including photos) regarding other students, faculty or administration to anyone outside of the school without their permission.
  4. USJ respects the privacy of every student, faculty, and administrator with respect to stored files and email accounts accessed through the school’s network and/or school distributed computers. However, if inappropriate use, including honor code violations or harassment, is suspected, the school administration has the right to view these files in order to investigate suspected inappropriate behavior.
  5. The school will monitor computer activities that take place on campus during the day, including blogging website access, newsgroup access, email, bandwidth and network use.

Copyright

  1. Unauthorized duplication, installation, alteration, or destruction of data, programs, and hardware or software is prohibited. Data, programs, hardware, software and other material including material protected by copyright may not be transmitted or disclosed.