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Name Type User consent
2020 Acceptable Use of College ICT Resources Other policy All users

Summary

About this Agreement

Each year you are required to formally consent to the following agreement. This agreement is your promise to use the College ICT Resources - BYOD Wifi, shared IT resources, computers in classrooms - in a safe, respectful and educational manner.

What to do

Read the information below. At the bottom you will be click a button express your agreement.

Full policy

Preamble

As we educate our students for a rapidly changing world, it is important for them to learn how to use technology constructively and responsibly. Villanova College has established computing and network resources to support effective pedagogy involving technology. These resources include technology provided on campus, student-owned computers and devices, and College-owned computers that may be taken off campus with permission from the school.

Villanova College has specific guidelines relating to the use of College-owned computers and student-owned computers and devices used at the College. This information serves to inform all users of their rights, responsibilities and obligations when using computer and network resources, consistent with the College's requirements that all such resources are used in an ethical, legal and responsible manner.

Responsible Use

At Villanova College, we are guided by the Augustinian Gateway Value of Community. Our community is comprised of parents, staff and students, past and present, who strive to be 'of one mind and heart on the way towards God' (St Augustine). Users of computer and network resources demonstrate this Gateway Value by acting responsibly and respecting the privacy and rights of others and the integrity of the resources provided.

Responsible use includes:

  • using courtesy with all forms of electronic communication (e.g. email, blogs, comments, forums, chat channels)
  • respecting software licensing agreements
  • respecting the ownership of Internet-based resources (e.g. images, text and videos) and acknowledging ownership where required
  • respecting the equipment in shared technology spaces, and demonstrating respect and consideration for staff and volunteers working with technology resources
  • demonstrating respect and care for own and others' computers and devices
  • observing each person's rights to privacy and sharing the responsibility for protecting these rights

In observance of these examples of responsible use, students may not use computer and network services to:

  • buy or sell items or services over the Internet
  • use chat programs without expressed consent and supervision by a teacher
  • access, post or send inappropriate Internet or email content, especially content that is illegal, dangerous, obscene or offensive
  • amend documents created by another student without that student's consent
  • deliberately install computer viruses or other malicious programs
  • attempt to gain unauthorised access to any system by any means
  • use technology resources to attack or compromise another system or network
  • attempt to use filter avoidance technologies including VPN, tunnelling or tethering
  • access or intercept emails sent to other persons

Cyberbullying and defamation

At Villanova College, we value the importance of community and the gifts and talents of others. Saint Paul reminds us that our words should always be used for the improvement of others so that it will do good for those who hear (Ephesians 4:29). Therefore, we protect and value our relationships by not using email or the Internet to make mean, rude or unkind statements about other people or send threatening, harassing or offensive messages. Improper use of technology resources in this manner could amount to defamation.

Confidentiality, cyber safety and security

At Villanova College, our love of learning is founded on the Augustinian Gateway value of the Search for Truth. In establishing an online presence, students should ensure they remain true to their identity and values. Care should be taken in these areas:

  • Students should be aware that material they post on Internet sites (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites) is public and contributes to one's "digital footprint". The content of public posts may have personal implications for students if, for example, potential employers' access that material. The content of posts also reflects on Villanova College and our wider community. Once information is on the Internet, it may not be possible to remove it.
  • Students should not display personal information about themselves or others in a way which is public. For example, students should not post their own or anyone else's address, telephone number or other personal details on the Internet or communicate these details in emails. Students should not distribute someone else's personal information without their permission.
  • Where disclosure of personal information is made through authorised avenues (e.g. using email or an official website), users should be aware that invasions of privacy may sometimes occur, and it is outside Villanova College's control to prevent such instances from occurring.
  • Students should be aware that persons on the Internet might not be who they say they are. Students must not arrange to meet persons who they have met on the Internet.
  • The operation and maintenance of technology resources often requires the backup and caching of data, the logging of activity and the monitoring of general usage patterns, and as such complete confidentiality and privacy cannot be guaranteed. Villanova College may also be required to inspect or provide copies of electronic communications where required by law, or where the investigation of possible misuses of technology resources is required.
  • Students must select a secure password and keep their username and password information private. The password should be changed regularly and should be difficult for other people to guess. Students should log off at the end of all sessions involving shared computer resources.
  • Students must not use another person's name and password to access resources.
  • Students are required to report suspected breaches of security to a teacher.

Copyright and Attribution of Ownership

Access to information does not automatically imply consent for use. Copying or downloading material from the Internet may be a breach of copyright or intellectual property rights. Students must not use Villanova College technology resources to copy, download, store or transmit any such material that may include copyrighted text, images, music, videos or any other form of media.

Consequences following a breach of these guidelines

A breach of these guidelines will be taken seriously and may result in disciplinary action. Examples of possible consequences range from loss or restriction of access to technology resources, to formal disciplinary action in line with existing Villanova College practices.

Students and parents/legal guardians may be financially liable for damage caused to resources. Cases of serious, deliberate, and/or criminal breach will be referred to external authorities and may result in civil or criminal proceedings.