Technology Acceptable Use Policy

This policy applies to all technology resources used by our students. It applies but is not limited to computers, iPads, phones, video equipment, copy machines, information storage devices, e-mail addresses and personal devices. The use of these resources is a privilege and must be treated as such by all students. Burroughs provides students with access to its technology resources for academic purposes only. The school reserves the right to access and monitor all aspects of its technology systems and devices, and students should not expect any information stored on school equipment or systems to be private. Students may, of course, use personal devices for non-school related reasons (during non-school hours), but may face disciplinary action should this use bring discredit to the school or anyone in the school community. 

Any failure to follow the rules listed below is a violation of the school’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy:

1. Students are to use on campus internet access for strictly academic purposes. Examples of internet sites that may not be visited outside of academic use at JBS include but are not limited to the following:

  • recreational use of sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, etc.
  • gaming or gambling sites
  • pornographic or otherwise sexually explicit sites
  • sites promoting “how to” documents encouraging violence or illegal acts
  • sites that promote racism or hate speech

2. Students may not use technological tools with malicious intent, for example to bully or harass others.

3. All students must respect the privacy of others. Any attempt to access private files, phone, or e-mail messages is considered theft.

4. Students may not in any way vandalize equipment or software that belongs to JBS or any other organization to which JBS has access. Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to the following:

  • damaging, hacking or destroying networks, computer hardware or software
  • physical abuse to equipment
  • the creation or intentional use of malicious programs 

5. Students may never share their JBS e-mail password with anyone else. Stolen or lost passwords can create significant problems for the student and for the school.

6. Students may not transmit, retrieve or store communications of an obscene, discriminatory, offensive or harassing nature or containing derogatory, disrespectful or inflammatory language.

7. Students may not use JBS technological systems for any purpose that is illegal and/or violates school rules.

8. Students may not knowingly post information that could cause damage or the danger of disruption to JBS or any other organization or person. 

9. Students may not misuse JBS or personal distribution lists or discussion groups for sending irrelevant messages. 

10. Students may not use JBS technological systems or devices for private gain or any commercial purpose.

11. Students must always adhere to the license agreements for installing/copying software that is purchased by the school.

12. Students may not use personal technological devices during the school day, unless they are being used for an academic purpose with the express permission of a faculty member in a designated area. These items include but are not limited to portable audio and video players, laptops, e-Readers, tablet computers and cell phones. Students in grades 9-12 are allowed these devices after the end of 8th period, but they must refrain from their use in academic areas.

13. Students are expected to review their JBS e-mail daily. Faculty and administrators use e-mail to communicate with students and for official notices. 

Consequences of violating these policies will be in keeping with the school’s disciplinary system. For violations, access to technology may be revoked for a period of time in addition to probation, suspension, or expulsion from school.