At the beginning of each
school year, all persons using the OLPH network are asked to sign a form stating
compliance with the policies stated below. Students will be expected to return an individual
agreement as well as the parental permission form for Internet access and
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GENERAL COMPUTING POLICY
1) Acceptable Use
In order to ensure smooth system
operations, the system administrator
has the authority to monitor all accounts.
A user must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and
copyright laws. A user can be monitored at any time. Once a user receives a user
ID to be used to access a computer or network and computer systems on that
network, he or she is solely responsible for all actions taken while using the
user ID. Therefore the following are prohibited:
a) Applying for a user ID under false pretenses
b) Sharing your user ID with any other person. (If you do share your user ID
with another person, you will be solely responsible for the actions of that
c) Deletion, examination, copying, or modification of files and/or data
belonging to other users without their prior consent
d) Attempts to evade or change resource quotas
e) Use of facilities and/or services for commercial purposes
f) Any unauthorized, deliberate action that damages or disrupts a computing
system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction is a
violation, regardless of system location or time duration.
g) Copying programs purchased by you onto Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
computers and/or the network systems, without the express, written consent of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
h) Copying programs licensed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School for personal
i) Abusing computer equipment
As a user of a computer or network, you may be allowed to access other networks
and/or computer systems attached to those networks. Therefore the following are
a) Use of systems and/or networks in attempts to gain unauthorized access to
b) Decryption of system or user passwords
c) Copying, deleting, or moving system files
d) Deleting, examining, copying, or modifying files and/or data belonging to
e) Copying of copyrighted materials, such as third party software, without the
express written permission of the owner or the proper license
f) The willful introduction of computer "viruses" or other disruptive or
destructive programs into the computer and/or network or into external computers
g) Vandalism - This includes, but is not limited to, any attempt to
harm or destroy the data of another user, the network/ Internet, or any networks
or sites connected to the network/ Internet. Attempts to breach security codes
and/or passwords will also be considered a form of vandalism.
h) Willful destruction of computer hardware or software, or attempts to exceed
or modify the parameters of the system are prohibited. Nothing in this policy
shall prohibit the school/institution operator from intercepting and stopping
Email messages which have the capacity to overload the computer resources.
Discipline may be imposed for intentional overloading of school/institution
i) The use of flash
drives by students is strongly discouraged. Any external drive or storage
device used on a network computer, as well as email attachments, must
first be scanned for viruses.
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SECTION TWO: INTERNET ACCESS
Internet access is available to employees and students of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help School. This access is being offered as part of a collaborative project
involving Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and PenTeleData. We are pleased
to bring this access to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and believe the
Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to administrators, teachers,
employees, and students. Our goal in providing this service is to promote
educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and
communication. Students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School receive
the I-Safe Curriculum, Discovery Education, Common Sense Media, and a variety of
other educational resources. Topics include:
Appropriate online behavior, including interacting with others on
social networking sites and chat rooms
Cyberbullying awareness and
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the
availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value
in the school setting. To safeguard our students and to comply with the
Children's Internet Protection Act, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School has taken precautions,
which are limited to known sites, to restrict access to controversial materials.
The filtering solution in place is a subscription service via the Sonic Wall
firewall. This content list is updated automatically on a regular basis.
However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an
industrious user may discover controversial information. We at Our Lady of
Perpetual Help School firmly believe that the valuable information and
interaction available on the Internet far outweigh the possibility
that users may procure material that is not consistent with educational
The smooth operation of
the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to
strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of
the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general, this requires
efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If an Our
Lady of Perpetual Help School user violates any of these provisions, his or her
account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied.
Disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, criminal prosecution
under appropriate state and federal laws may also be taken. The signature (s) at
the end of this document is/are legally binding and indicates the parties who
signed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understand their significance.
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1) Acceptable Use
The purpose of accessing the Internet is to support research and education in
and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to
unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your
account must be in support of education and research, and consistent with the
educational objectives of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School. Each user is
personally responsible for this provision at all times when using the network.
a) Use of other
organization's networks or computing resources must comply with the rules
appropriate for that network.
b) Transmission of any material in violation of local, state, and/or federal
statutes or regulations is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not
limited to: copyrighted material, material protected by trade secret,
threatening or obscene material, and criminal activity.
c) Use by student users for commercial activities or product advertisement
(including campaigns for student government/council) is prohibited.
d) Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt network use by
e) NEVER reveal personal information, such as address, phone
number, password, or social security number. This also applies to others'
personal information or that of organizations.
f) Use of the network or computer resources to publicly oppose, degrade, or
intentionally misrepresent any teachings, beliefs, or practices of the
Catholic Church are strictly prohibited.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will
result in a cancellation of those privileges. (Each student who receives an
account will receive instruction in class as to the proper use of the network.)
The system administrator and/or school administrator will deem what is inappropriate use and his or her
decision is final. Also, the system administrator may close an account at any
time. An administrator, faculty member, or staff of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
School has the right to request, for cause, that the system administrator deny,
revoke, or suspend specific user accounts .
3) Network Etiquette and Digital Citizenship
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette
(netiquette). These include, but are not limited, to the following:
a) Be polite. Do not
send, or encourage others to send, abusive messages
b) Use appropriate language. Remember that you are a representative of your
school and district on a non-private network. You may be alone on a
computer, but what you say can be viewed around the world. Do not swear, use
vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are
c) All communications and information accessible to users via the network should be
assumed to be the private property of others, however all activity on the
school network can be monitored at any time by system and school administrators.
You are responsible for all electronic mail originating from your user
attempts to access another person's email or similar electronic
communications or to use another's name, email or computer address or
workstation to send email or similar electronic communications is prohibited
and may subject the individual to disciplinary action.
b) All users must understand that the school/institution cannot guarantee
the privacy or confidentiality of electronic documents and any messages that
are confidential as a matter of law should not be communicated over school email.
c) The school/institution reserves the right to access email to retrieve
school/institution information and records. to engage in routine computer
maintenance and housekeeping, to carry out internal investigations, or to
disclose messages, data or files to law enforcement authorities.
d) Any information contained on a school/institution computer's hard drive
or computer disks which were purchased by the school/institution are
considered the property of the school/institution.
e) Forgery (or attempted forgery) of electronic mail is prohibited.
f) Attempts to send harassing, obscene and/or other threatening email to
another user is prohibited.
g) Attempts at sending unsolicited junk mail, "for profit" messages or chain
letters is prohibited.
with the 2012-2013 students in designated grades will have access to
Google Apps for Education through the olphbeth.org domain. Students
are obliged as part of the overall acceptable use policy, to follow the
guidelines in the school's
Google Apps for Education document and
Apps for Education permission form. No student will receive an account
without a signed form. Accounts may include school monitored access to email and other Google
tools such as documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, depending on the
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system
involves many users. Never use another person's account to log on to the system.
If you feel you can identify a security problem, you must notify the system
administrator, or send an email message to the school. Do not demonstrate the
problem to other users. Do not reveal your account password to anyone. Users are
responsible for any misuse of their account that is due to their own negligence.
Users are responsible for reporting unauthorized use of their account to the
6) Updating Your User Information
If any information on your account changes, e.g., telephone number, location,
home address, it is your responsibility to notify the system administrator.
7) Electronic Device Policy
View the policy.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and PenTeleData make no warranties of any
kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service being provided. Our Lady of
Perpetual Help School and PenTeleData will not be responsible for any
damages you may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays,
non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or
your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the system is at
your own risk, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and PenTeleData
specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information
obtained through its services.
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Adopted by Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Bethlehem, PA
May 20, 2002 ; last updated September 2012.
The Department of Education of the Diocese of Allentown would like to thank
Bishop O'Reilly High School, Kingston, PA, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18,
and the Diocese of Galveston-Houston for their assistance in developing this
Acceptable Use Policy.