Integrity - Service - Merit
The IT Department provides information services to the ISM community. This includes both resource provision and user support. The IT Office can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 840-8420. Your colleagues at the IT department are:
Information and Communication Technology significantly alters the information landscape for ISM by opening classrooms to a broader array of resources, including those from file servers throughout the world. International School Manila’s goal is to provide students with the understanding, tools and skill sets needed to use technology in ways appropriate to their education and learning as deemed by the school. Making this technology available to students carries with it the risk that some information may be identified as controversial or potentially harmful. Therefore, access will be provided only to individuals who pledge to act in a considerate, ethical and responsible manner.
With the use of Information and Communication Technology, accessible information changes daily. It is not always possible to predict what students and other individuals may encounter. It is impossible to prohibit access to all controversial or potentially harmful sites and/or services. ISM does not condone the access and/or use of inappropriate material. An honor system is in effect. Individuals are expected to report any security abuses by others, or potential problems to computer teachers, librarians, or the Information Technology Director.
Concerns about information technology will be handled in the same manner as concerns about other educational materials.
This policy applies to all technology including, but not limited to: computers, phones, audio/video equipment, copy machines, and information storage devices.
It is unethical and forbidden to copy, install, take or use software, media, electronic files, data or other intellectual property unless permission has been obtained from its creator, owner or publisher, either in writing or as a license agreement.
Any attempt to distribute and/or gain access to inappropriate materials including, but not limited to pornographic materials, malicious codes and applications, unlicensed video and audio files and unauthorized games, is likewise prohibited.
Students are provided individual usernames and passwords. They will be responsible in safeguarding the data and services being offered by the school. They will likewise be responsible in safeguarding their account password and accesses. Any attempt to borrow, lend or share individual usernames and passwords is forbidden.
Any use of technology by students must be directly related to their education as directed by teachers or staff. Students will not use school technology for accessing information or technology not within the school's control without expressed and specific permission from the IT Office and the principal. This will include, but will not be limited to, remote control of home computers, remote access to other networks, unauthorized proxy services and others. Technology will not be used by students for entertainment, game-playing or for activities unrelated to their current education and learning.
Students are responsible for their behavior on school computer systems, just as they are at all times throughout the school. Below are samples of conduct that will not be tolerated including, without limitation:
Use of the phone system, copy machines, computer systems, email or any technology to send or display inappropriate, obscene or harassing messages or material anywhere or to anyone is prohibited.
All students must respect any individual’s work, electronic files and right to privacy. The IT office reserves the right to inspect any student’s data, school email, media, electronic files and property brought into school and used to access school technology. This will include but will not be limited to: printed documents, diskettes, flash disks, CD ROMs. Students not willing to allow such inspection will not bring technology items not owned or controlled by the school into school facilities, nor use them to access school technology.
Some materials or information available as electronic information on the network and the internet is considered objectionable by some. Students will not access, create, display, or publish any inappropriate or demeaning materials or information. Students are prohibited from accessing or participating in online “chat rooms” or other forms of direct electronic communication like internet SMS (other than e-mail) without prior approval from the principal and IT Office.
You must know that the IT Office will monitor, log, review, and inspect all directories, files, and/or messages residing on or sent using the school’s computer network. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
The consequences for failure to adhere to information technology use policy may result in restriction or even complete loss of access to part or all forms of any technology or other disciplinary measures deemed appropriate by the school administration. There will be consequences for any individual who fails to follow International School Manila (ISM) policies. The consequences may include paying for damages, denial of access to technology, detention, suspension, or expulsion.
I. Access to telecommunications, network services and its contents are authorized for legitimate International School Manila’s business purposes only. All employees are expected to use discretion, good judgment and common sense and to conduct themselves morally and professionally in using, accessing and transmitting school related Information and Technology data and services. Any person who infringes this policy may be subjected to disciplinary action.
II. By definition, IT Director will have access to all files on all computers and systems. Please do not store personal and confidential files on your computer machines.
III. All International School students and employees will be responsible in safeguarding the data and services being offered by the school. They will likewise be responsible in safeguarding their account password and accesses. Any attempt to compromise account passwords is prohibited.
Unauthorized mass mailing is always prohibited.
Attempt to forge and/or tamper International School online and network systems are also prohibited.
NO individual shall attempt and/or intentionally cause damage to any equipment or software belonging to International School Manila. Installing any software or systems, unauthorized by the school is likewise prohibited.
In addition, below are samples of conduct that will not be tolerated including, without limitation:
a. Tampering and attempt to tamper or remove any hardware or software from any IS owned or leased system or equipment
b. Deleting, renaming, moving, copying or changing any files or its properties, other than their own files
c. Change and attempt to change passwords other than their own
d. Intentionally impersonating someone else and/or misinterpreting yourself through the use of another’s email account, computer or other international school asset
e. Using other accounts to distribute or access inappropriate materials
f. Intentionally bypassing the user-security mechanisms of the network and mail system without authorization
IV. Information and Technology resources may not be used for accessing, viewing, posting, downloading, storing, transmitting, sharing, printing, distribution or solicitation of any information or material, graphical or plain from any source that the school deems pornographic, obscene, abusive or otherwise offensive or inappropriate for the school system. This policy will apply to any activities occurring within the school’s premises or at any school-sponsored event. This policy also applies to any activity involving the use of school-owned or leased property including but will not be limited to laptops, PC’s, network systems, email, internet access and intranet access. Any person who infringes this policy may be subjected to disciplinary action.
V. Employees are responsible for reading their email regularly and report to IT all concerns.
VI. Use of the school email account may give the appearance that you represent International School Manila. Utmost care and discretion should be exercised when using these online services.
Guidelines should always be followed.
a. Be Polite. Abusive or derogatory words and messages is prohibited.
b. Do not reveal information about you or other individuals.
c. Do not use online systems to harass, intimidate or threaten any person or organization.
d. Communications intended for internal use should not be forwarded.
e. Protect and help protect copyright laws. Do not support illegal copying, distribution and use of pirated software whether this is in the data form, audio files and /or any video files.
VII. IS Manila reserves the right to monitor and if necessary, block access and services to internal and external sites it considers unproductive, pornographic and/or any other sites and/or services it deems unfit for the school.