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Technology Handbook

Purpose of Technology
This policy provides the guidelines and codes of conduct for the use of the technology and networks at Asheville School. This technology is provided to students as a privilege, and not a right. We encourage and enhance the legitimate uses of technology and restrictions for those who abuse the privilege. The reduction of computer abuse provides adequate resources for users with legitimate needs. The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication. As technology is an ever-changing arena, this Handbook will continue to evolve to meet the goals of our technology program.

Privileges and Responsibilities:
Students may access technology primarily for educational purposes. In a boarding atmosphere we must also embrace the fact that students are allowed to use technology for personal recreation as well. This personal use must not be abused. Students must conduct themselves accordingly by exercising good judgment and living by the Honor Code.

• Students are responsible for their behavior and communications using the Asheville School network.
• Students must comply with copyright laws and software licensing agreements.
• Respect the privacy rights of others.

Be responsible at all times for the proper use of technology, including proper use of access privileges, complying with all required system security and not sharing any passwords.

Illegal Activity:
Students may not use school property or networks for improper uses. These improper uses include, but are not limited to:

Any and all illegal purposes;
Any and all obscene or pornographic purposes, including sending or viewing sexually explicit material;
Any and all discriminatory purposes, including harassment and cyberbullying of individuals based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, among others;
Any and all purposes that would violate state, federal or international law, including any use of profanity, obscenity, or language that is offensive or threatening;
Reposting or forwarding personal communications without the author's prior consent;
Plagiarizing (claiming another person's writings as your own);
Intentionally downloading or otherwise spreading computer viruses, malware, or other malicious software;
Engaging in hacking of any kind, including, but not limited to, the illegal or unauthorized access to the Asheville School or other networks, computers, or other online resources;
Accessing other user's accounts or impersonating other users is strictly forbidden;
Soliciting or distributing information with the intent to incite violence, cause personal harm, damage a person’s character, or harass another individual;
We prohibit the use of P2P (peer-to-peer) torrent based software such as uTorrent, Limewire, Frostwire, Kazaa, Morpheus, BearShare, Ares, etc.;
Any and all other purposes that would violate the Honor Code.

About Your Privacy:
Asheville School provides a reasonable amount of privacy. While we respect your privacy, understand that email and network files are not private. The Technology Department, Academic Dean, and Student Life Office reserve the right to monitor your email, files, computer and network activity/communications to maintain system integrity and monitor responsible student use when necessary. In the event of disciplinary actions that involve technology, we will confiscate any personal or school owned devices for incriminating evidence.

About Cellular/Personal Hot Spots:
We prohibit the use of hot spots. Hotspots are cellular devices that allow connectivity to data outside of the jurisdiction of Asheville School’s network.

About VPNs:
We prohibit the use of VPNs. VPNs are software and protocols used to create secure tunnels and unrestricted access to the Internet.

Residential Technology Policies

I. General Expectations
We expect students to use technology for academic purposes during the academic day. Students using their laptops for nonacademic purposes in Mitchell Hall or the library between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm will be redirected.

II. Technology Access on Dorm
Third Form:

Residential Third Formers have access to their school laptops during study hall, which runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Childs Conference Center.

At 10:00 p.m., the school laptops are automatically restricted, and hall parents collect other personal technology such as cell phones, iPads, and other laptops. The personal technology that is collected is available to students again the next morning.

Fourth Form:
Residential Fourth Formers have access to their school laptops during study hall.

At 10:20 p.m., the school laptops are automatically restricted, and hall parents collect other personal technology such as cell phones, iPads, and other laptops. The personal technology that is collected is available to students again the next morning.

Fifth Form:
Computer access open to internet until 10:20 p.m.

Sixth Form:
Computer access open to internet until 11:00 p.m. (11:30 p.m. for Prefects).

Note: Fifth and Sixth Formers do not routinely turn in technology, but any student may lose privileges as a result of low academic standing.

III. Equipment
Students may bring one additional monitor no larger than 30”. Personal computers other than the school-issued laptop should be cleared with the Technology Department, but not be supported in terms of tech support. Non-Asheville School computers may be repaired for a nominal fee at the discretion of the Technology Department.

All students must maintain a certain level of Academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA and no-low effort grades), to have the privilege of keeping a desktop computer in their dorm room. If a student does not meet these Academic standards, or the student experiences a drastic decrease in academic performance, then the student will turn-in their desktop computer to the Student Life Office until the students’ parents are able to retrieve the computer.

IV. Prohibited Activity
As previously noted, broadcasting hot spots is not permitted in residential buildings. Asheville School reserves the right to prohibit technology activity that interferes with the functionality or compromises the security of the network.

1:1 Laptop Program Guidelines (Frequently Asked Questions)

Take care of your school issued computer. You are financially responsible for any damages to the laptop. Should you have an incident please bring your laptop to the Technology Department immediately.