TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)
TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)
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 printers and internet services from every computer connected to MKA’s network. Understanding and following MKA’s Acceptable Use Policy allows MKA to maintain a respectful, effective, and safe learning environment. Issues such as fairness and network capacity limitations also require a policy concerning the appropriate use of all technology.
The school cannot be held responsible for any damages, injuries, or claims resulting from student violations of responsible use of technology as outlined herein.
School-issued devices and network resources are considered the property of MKA. 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 is logged by MKA, and those logs may be monitored for inappropriate use. MKA also monitors laptops for the installation of applications that are in violation of this AUP.
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
- certain video streaming sites
MKA will also continue to take precautions against this type of material on all equipment that is part of the school’s network.
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.
Responsible Use of Technology
- Use technology in ways that reflect MKA’s Character Standards and uphold MKA’s Code of Conduct and Honor Code.
- Use technology during class time only for approved academic purposes
- 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) should not be used unless instructed to do so by a teacher
- Protect passwords
- Do not give out passwords or accept another’s password
- Have a plan to remember passwords
- Do not allow anyone to add their fingerprint for Touch ID
- Keep a hard, protective case on their laptops (similar to the ones originally issued with their laptops)
- Students are encouraged to place stickers on this protective case to personalize their laptops; students may not place stickers directly on or otherwise mark their laptops
- Backpacks with a separate, padded, laptop section are recommended
- Carry laptops with lids closed
- Come to school with their laptops fully charged and charge only in these areas while at school:
- Middle School: Library, Dining Hall, and Tech Center Charging Carts
- Upper School: Commons, Academic Center, and Dining Hall
- Visit the Tech Center any needed repairs (e.g., cracked screen, missing keys)
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.
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 and Settings
- 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., upgrading to 10.15.x).
- Changing the following settings in the System Preferences:
- 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
Network Access (Minor)
- Installing or using unauthorized 3rd party multi-node file-sharing software (e.g., Torch, BitTorrent, Transmission) on school laptops. Messages, 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.
- Accessing MKA’s network via the wired network.
- 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.
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, and 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.
- 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 its network by using, for example, VPNs or remote login tools (e.g., GoToMyPC, LogMeIn).
- 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.