The following Social Media and Technology Use policies will be amended or updated on an “as needed” basis. Student, faculty, staff and administrators use of Maryvale resources constitutes agreement with this policy.
Technology resources are for the sole use of students, faculty, staff and administrators of Maryvale Preparatory School. These resources include, but are not limited to, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, iPads, multimedia equipment, access to the Internet, use of Maryvale’s email system and any hardware provided by Maryvale.
These guidelines apply to all resources that may be locally or remotely accessed. Furthermore, remote access (any location not on the campus) implies that Maryvale users will not allow any other person to access or use Maryvale computer resources.
During the school day and while on campus, the use of Maryvale technology resources must be under the direction and supervision of a member of the faculty, staff or administration.
Social Media Policy
1. Students may not use social media during the school day for any purpose other than academics.
2. Social media accounts may not be set up with the word “Maryvale” as a part of the account identification.
3. All messages or postings referencing Maryvale, formally and/or informally, its students, faculty, staff and/or visitors, to any Internet site at any time shall be educationally purposeful and appropriate. Appropriate messages would include such communications relating to Maryvale academics, co-curricular events and school community life.
4. Hate mail, harassment, discriminatory remarks, vulgarity, swearwords, other antisocial behaviors, chain letters and threats of any kind are prohibited.
5. Faculty, staff, coaches, administrators and other temporary personnel shall not request that students become “friends” or “followers” or to use social media as their only source of communication about Maryvale events.
6. Current faculty, staff, coaches, administrators, temporary employees and/or members of the Maryvale community who are already “friends” or “followers” are asked to “unfriend” or stop following current students.
7. If a current student is a “friend” or a “follower” of a current employee of Maryvale, she is required to “unfriend” or “unfollow” him or her.
8. Students making inappropriate references about the school and/or its students, faculty, staff, administrators or any member of the school community on any public Internet site will be subject to disciplinary action. Suspension or expulsion may be the result of these behaviors.
9. Students may not create, follow, friend or connect with any social media platforms that use the Maryvale name or any derivation of it unless created and/or authorized by the Maryvale Communications Office.
Technology Use Policy
The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) as it pertains to technology is to ensure school-wide compliance with the guidelines and educational objectives set forth by Maryvale Preparatory School. The Acceptable Use Policies and Guidelines shall apply to all students, faculty, staff and administrators who use the Maryvale technology resources as defined in the Student/Parent Handbook. The ultimate responsibility for appropriate use of the Internet and Maryvale’s resources lies with the user of these resources.
Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior
All use of Maryvale technology resources will be monitored through the use of computer software and/or by any teacher and/or administrator with the assistance of the IT coordinator and director of academic technology.
Any user who does not comply with these guidelines will lose access privileges and/or have his or her iPad/device confiscated for a period of time.
Students who have repeated severe infractions of the AUP will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with disciplinary policies set forth in the Handbook. The dean of students in consultation with the director of academic technology will determine the disciplinary response. Violations of federal and state regulations, such as sending threatening email and accessing or distributing obscene material, will be dealt with by the governing law enforcement agency.
With the exception of students with teacher permission or students with medical notes on file, failure to adhere to any part of the Acceptable Use Policy warrants a demerit and/or other disciplinary action.
For complete Technology Resource Usage Guidelines, click here.
To view the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Guide to Technology for Parishes and Schools, click here.