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Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Notre Dame provides students access to the Internet with its informational resources, and searching and browsing tools. This access is a privilege, not a right, and it is made available only so long as you agree to our Acceptable Use Policy. Inappropriate use of the Internet will lead to suspension of user privileges, and possibly other consequences.

A list of guidelines follows, as well as a list of specific behaviours that may lead to the suspension or the termination of privileges.

  • Use of the Internet is generally intended for educational and/or research purposes.
  • When interacting with others on the Internet, students are expected to behave as they would in any other environment where they represent the school.
  • Using the Internet for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities, is prohibited.
  • The Internet is a shared resource that must be used in moderation. Students must be aware that there are other Notre Dame users who will want to access the Internet.
  • The use of "Chat" areas is not permitted.
  • The use of web-based mail services (e.g. HotMail) is not permitted at this time.
  • Playing on-line games is not permitted.

Inappropriate use of the Internet includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • the transmission of any materials in violation of Canadian or international laws;
  • the duplication, storage, or transmission of pornographic materials;
  • the transmission or posting of threatening, abusive, or obscene material;
  • the duplication, storage, or transmission of copyrighted material that violates copyright law;
  • the participation in pyramid schemes.

When interacting with others on the Internet, students should NOT:

  • criticize the spelling, writing or keyboarding of others;
  • re-post personal e-mail that they receive to public forums (e.g. listservs, newsgroups) without the permission of the author;
  • use abusive, vulgar, profane, obscene or other inappropriate language.

Consequences of a Violation of these Guidelines

These are dependent on the seriousness of the infraction:

  • loss of Internet access,
  • loss of access to networked computers,
  • no access to Notre Dame computing facilities of any sort (includes removal from a computer-dependent course),
  • ultimately, suspension or expulsion.

In each case the parent will be notified, as will the student's grade level coordinator and an Administrator.

Notre Dame is proud of its ongoing commitment to educational technology. Teachers and students will strive to ensure that this commitment is in no way threatened by any actions that could harm our community.