Ascension Collegiate’s network provides a high speed connection
to sites outside the school including the "Internet".
The "Internet" and the services it provides offer valuable
learning experiences for students as well as resources for teachers.
Along with this valuable resource, there are also potential hazards.
Similar to other modes of communication, there are opportunities
for students to create and distribute inappropriate materials and
to conduct themselves in ways that are unacceptable. As an educational
learning center Ascension Collegiate feels that it is our obligation
to inform parents of the potential risks and benefits, and to establish
and enforce a Code of Conduct on the use of the Internet.
In providing Internet
access to the student Ascension Collegiate affirms that it will
not permit the creating, distributing, or accessing of any material
which is not suitable for classroom learning.
Collegiate’s Acceptable Use Policy
An Acceptable Use Policy
acts as a contract between teachers, parents and students. It
defines access privileges, rules of online behaviour for school
Internet accounts, and the consequences for violating those rules.
The following is a
list of guidelines and a list of specific behaviours that may
lead to disciplinary action under Ascension Collegiates
Code of Conduct, and/or suspension or limitation of network access
- Ascension Collegiates
local and wide area networks are intended only for educational
- Network services,
and access to these services, shall only be used by authorized
persons. Where password-protected accounts are used, network users
are personally responsible for all activity that occurs within
- When interacting with
other users on the Internet, users are expected to behave as they
would in any other environment where they represent their school.
It is important that users conduct themselves in a responsible,
ethical, and polite manner in accordance with the standards of
- Using the schools
networks and the internet for illegal, obscene, harassing or inappropriate
purposes, or in support of such activities, is prohibited.
- The schools
networks are shared resources and must be used in moderation.
Users may be asked to limit or relinquish access to others.
- Users are advised
that computer systems are the schools may be inspected or
monitored at any time if misuse is suspected.
- Inappropriate use
of network services included, but is not limited to, the following:
- a. Users may not
use the schools networks or computer equipment to:
- Transmit any
materials in violation of Canadian laws.
store, or transmit pornographic materials.
- Transmit or
post threatening, abusive, obscene or harassing material.
store, or transmit copyrighted material that violates
in pyramid schemes or chain mail.
- b. Users may not
violate, or attempt to violate, the security of the schools
computers, data or network equipment or services.
- Any attempts
at unauthorized access of school data will result in termination
of the users computer and network privileges.
- Any attempt
to vandalize the schools network accounts or systems
will result in termination of the users computer
and network privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious
attempt to harm or destroy data of another member, the
school, or any of the agencies or other networks that
are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not
limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
- Use of another
individuals password-protected account is prohibited.
- Any user identified
as a security risk or having a history of problems with
other computer systems may be denied access to the schools
networks and services.
- c. Users may not:
- Use abusive,
vulgar, profane, obscene, harassing, or other inappropriate
the spelling, writing or keyboarding of others;
- Re-post personal
electronic mail received to public forums (e.g. listservers,
newsgroups) without the permission of the author.
- d.Users may not:
- Share password(s)
or use anyones elses account name and password;
- Reveal anyone
elses personal address, phone number, or picture
without parental consent;
- Use network
access for business purposes or anything else not related
to the individuals position in the school.
- Students who receive
information or messages that make them uncomfortable will immediately
report the occurrence to the supervising teacher.
- Students will not
publish electronic any web page of their own design unless permission
is granted from the school.
- Students are advised
not to meet with anyone that they contact or are contacted by
through the Internet, i.e. email, chat groups, etc.