TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)

The school cannot be held responsible for any damages, injuries or claims resulting from student violations of responsible use of technology as outlined herein. At Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA), students are expected to act in ways that reflect the eight Character Standards and uphold the Code of Conduct and the Honor Code. Many of the rules and regulations at MKA are created toward that end and are necessary to maintain an atmosphere that is pleasant, orderly and conducive to learning. When in doubt about what is the right thing to do, there are two basic rules that students should keep in mind:

  • Have respect and concern for the rights, feelings, property and personal spaces of others.
  • Behave in a manner that demonstrates respect for yourself, your family and your school.

MKA recognizes how valuable the appropriate use of technology is to improving teaching and learning. Accordingly, MKA has made a significant commitment to integrating technological advances into the school program to enhance students’ learning experiences. MKA provides access to the school’s file servers, printers and Internet services from every computer connected to the MKA network. Understanding and following MKA’s Acceptable Use Policy allows us to maintain a respectful, effective and safe learning environment.

 MKA recognizes that issues such as fairness and network capacity limitations require a policy concerning the appropriate use of all technology. MKA network resources are considered the property of MKA. Laptop access to MKA’s network services will be provided throughout the school via a wireless network. MKA blocks websites and web-based services that the administration deem to pose a threat to the safety, security and well-being of its community members, facilities, network and resources. Categories that are blocked include: pornography and sexually explicit material, criminal and illegal activities, weapons and extreme violence, computer hacking, spyware and malicious software, and certain video streaming sites. MKA will continue to take precautions for this type of material on all equipment that is part of the school’s network.

 Any actions performed or initiated through the network must reflect the integrity and honesty expected of an MKA student, as described in MKA’s Honor Code, and be compliant with MKA’s Code of Conduct, as set forth in the MKA Handbook & Family Directory. All network traffic will be logged by MKA, and those logs will be monitored for inappropriate use. MKA also monitors laptops for the installation of applications that are in violation of this AUP. Students may be held responsible for actions initiated on their laptops, regardless of whether they were using their computer at the time of the infraction. Therefore, students may only use the laptop they have been issued or one provided in the event of repair.

 Students are provided with an MKA-issued email account, which is the primary email account used by MKA faculty, staff and coaches. This account is to be used for educational purposes; however, school email may be used for incidental or occasional personal use so long as it does not violate any terms defined in this AUP. Email is not to be used for group solicitations not directly related to school purposes.

 As a rule, MKA will protect students’ privacy and will treat students’ electronic information as it treats any other student property. However, the school reserves the right to randomly search students’ personal belongings, laptops (personal and school–issued) and school-issued accounts in accordance with policies stated in the MKA Handbook & Family Directory and posted on MKA’s website.

Violations of the Acceptable Use Policy fall into two broad categories: “Minor Offenses” and “Major Offenses.” A Major Offense of the AUP is also a Major Code of Conduct Violation.

Minor Offenses

A minor offense is an action or behavior that violates a rule that has been put in place to maintain the strength, integrity and sustainability of our technology program. Students who demonstrate a pattern of minor offenses will be referred to the Middle or Upper School Dean of Students. Minor offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

Laptop Usage

  • Forgetting to bring the laptop to school.
  • Using software and services whose use may be deemed inappropriate for the teaching and learning approach of a specific course or subject (e.g., language translation services, literature summary sites, calculators and equation solvers).
  • Sharing or soliciting username, PIN and/or password information with or from other students.

Laptop Maintenance

  • Transporting or using the laptop without a hard protective case similar to the one originally issued with the laptop.
  • Placing stickers directly on the laptop or putting paper or other objects beneath the bottom protective case
  • Not addressing needed repairs (e.g., cracked screen, cracked trackpad, missing keys, bent corners).
  • Creating secondary accounts for the laptop (e.g., for a friend or parent or to enable parental controls)
  • Installing operating systems other than those installed by the MKA Tech Department (e.g., Boot Camp, Virtual Machines)
  • Upgrading the Mac Operating System beyond MKA’s currently supported version (e.g., 10.11 El Capitan)
  • Changing the following settings in the System Preferences:
    • Sharing → Changing the Computer Name
    • Sharing → Disabling or changing settings for Remote Login
    • Sharing → Disabling or changing settings for Remote Management
    • Security → Turning on FileVault
    • Security → Enabling the Firewall
    • Parental Controls → Converting this account to a parental controls account
    • Profiles → Modifying or removing any MKA-related profiles
    • NTWare MacClientConfig → Do not modify or delete any settings

Power Management

  • Practicing poor power management techniques (e.g., coming to school with laptop not fully charged).
  • Charging computer in non-designated outlets. Designated charging areas include:
    • Middle School: Library, Dining Hall and Tech Center Charging Carts
    • Upper School: Commons, Academic Center and Dining Hall

Network Access (Minor)

  • Installing or using unauthorized 3rd party multi-node file-sharing software (e.g., Torch, BitTorrent, Transmission) on school laptops. iChat, Dropbox, Evernote and AirDrop do not fall under this category.
  • Using personal laptops or tablets instead of the school-issued laptop.
  • Sending chain emails, inappropriate broadcast messages or any other information that may cause undue network congestion.
  • Using the network for commercial purposes. The school will not be responsible for any financial obligations resulting from school-provided laptops, technology or access to the Internet (including BitCoin related sites/services).
  • Installation of third party firewalls, anonymizers or proxies.
  • Accessing non-MKA wireless networks with the laptop while on campus (this includes personal hotspots).
  • Attempting to connect to the MKA wired or wireless network with non-authorized devices including personal laptops, phones or tablets.

Major Offenses

A major offense is a serious violation of the standards of the community and poses a threat to the safety and security of the school’s network, infrastructure, students, faculty and greater community. Major Offenses to the AUP also count as Major Offenses to the Code of Conduct. Major Offenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

Privacy, Property, & Community

  • Accessing or deleting the MKA administrative account.
  • Vandalizing the laptop or other network resources. This includes defacing, engraving, coloring, painting, etching, stickers, skins and using marker on the laptop itself. It also includes deliberately removing keys or deforming the original shape of the laptop and its components.
  • Accessing laptops, accounts and files of others without permission. This includes going on to someone else’s computer and accessing any web page, social network or application without the owner’s knowledge or permission or impersonating someone online.
  • Recording, filming or photographing teachers or other students without express permission to do so. If teachers or other students have given permission to record, the student who receives permission is expected to respectfully and responsibly use and manage the recorded material. Sharing or publicly posting captured material without permission is also prohibited.
  • Using the laptop and its applications or the school network either in or out of school to harass, disparage or intimidate another person or the school itself.
  • Sending or posting messages that are detrimental to the reputation of MKA by virtue of the sender’s address or other means of identification.

Illegal Activity

  • Installing or distributing unlicensed or illegal software.
  • Using the network in support of illegal activities or businesses or for gambling. The school will not be responsible for any financial obligations resulting from school-provided technology or Internet access.

 Network Access (Major)

  • Placing, creating or accessing sexually explicit, violent, obscene or unlawful material.
  • Attempting to get around MKA’s network security or to impair functionality of the network including the use of VPNs or remote login tools (e.g., GoToMyPC, LogMeIn) as a means for circumventing MKA network protocol.
  • Attempting to bypass restrictions set by the network administrators.
  • Using a computer for distribution of inappropriate or illegal material including text, audio, images or video.
  • Providing billable services to others for the use of your laptop or MKA network resources.

(9/21/2016)