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Milo Academy Network

MAA offers the option for network connections and Internet access in the dorm rooms and computer labs.

For those students who choose not to have Internet or network access in their dorm rooms, MAA offers free network and Internet access from the dorm computer labs and the computer labs in the Administration building. Students will be able to use Internet e-mail, and resources on the campus network. They also will have the ability to share files with teachers and other students by using the e-mail client of their choice (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.).

Internet access in dorm rooms:

This connects the students to the Internet through the school network which has filters installed.

Fees:

Internet Service Fees for dorm room access:

Yearly Internet access fee for 50 MB daily limit: $100.
Yearly Internet access fee for 500 MB daily limit: $175.
Yearly Internet access fee for 1000 MB daily limit: $250.

We are highly conscious of the risks as well as the benefits of Internet use, especially for young people. This is one reason why access will be available on campus only through the campus network where we can maintain a quality filtering system and can provide some reasonable boundaries for use. There will be blackout periods in place for the purpose of preventing students from accessing the network or Internet during Sabbath hours and during the night.

Signing the Network Agreement

All students must read the Network Acceptable Use Policy and sign the Network Agreement(13.2 KB) before they can use the network. Parents of students who are under 18 years of age must also asked to read the policy and sign the network account agreement in order for their children to use the school network system, including access to the Internet.

This agreement indicates that you have read the policy and that you are willing for your student to use the network, including Internet access. Your signature here signifies only that you want your child to be allowed access to the network and the Internet. It does not commit you to any added expense. Use of the network and Internet from the lab computers is provided without extra expense. Only students who wish to connect their personal computers in their rooms to the internet pay the additional fees described above.

Network Acceptable Use Policy

Milo Adventist Academy (MAA) is pleased to offer access to computer networks, including the Internet, provided students honor the MAA acceptable use policy. We ask that you read each of the conditions below and that student and parent/guardian sign to indicate a commitment to keeping the letter and spirit of this policy.

Responsibilities

  1. All use of the system must be consistent with the mission of MAA. The academy reserves the right to prioritize use and access to the system.
  2. The MAA network administrator will serve as the coordinator to oversee the operation of the MAA system.

Access to the System

  1. Individual accounts for students. Secondary students will be provided with individual network accounts through which they may access the Internet. A Student Account Agreement must be signed by all students. This agreement must also be signed by the student's parent.
  2. Individual accounts for MAA employees. MAA employees will be provided with an individual account.
  3. No person shall have access to the system without having received appropriate training, including a clear understanding of the MAA Acceptable Use Policy.
  4. A person who violates the Network Acceptable Use Policy will be considered to have terminated his/her agreement and will lose network use privileges.

MAA Limitation of Liability and Indemnification

  1. MAA makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, that the functions or the services provided by or through the system will be error-free or without defect. MAA will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. MAA is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. MAA will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Users will indemnify and hold MAA harmless from any losses sustained as the result of intentional misuse of the system by user. MAA will inform all users of the system about this limitation of liability and indemnification.
  2. MAA is not responsible for any damage suffered when a user allows another user access to his/her password.

Due Process

  1. Milo Adventist Academy will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation concerning to or relating to any illegal activities conducted through the system.
  2. In the event there is an allegation that a student has violated the MAA Acceptable Use Policy, the student will be provided with a notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the student disciplinary code.
  3. Disciplinary actions will be tailored to meet specific concerns related to the violation and to assist the student in gaining the self-discipline necessary to behave appropriately on an electronic network. If the alleged violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the student disciplinary code, the violation will be handled in accord with the applicable provision of the code.

Search and Seizure

  1. System users have a limited privacy expectation in the contents of their personal files and records of their on-line activity while on the MAA system.
  2. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the system may lead to discovery that the user has or is violating the Acceptable Use Policy, the student disciplinary code, or the law. If the MAA system administrator discovers a potential violation by a user, he or she will notify the Discipline Committee.
  3. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a user has violated the law or the student disciplinary code. The nature of the investigation will be reasonable and in the context of the nature of the alleged violation.
  4. MAA employees should be aware that their personal files may be discoverable under ORS 192.410, the state public records laws.

Selection of Material

When using the Internet for class activities, teachers will:

  1. Select material that is appropriate in light of the age of the students and that is the relevant to the course objectives.
  2. Preview the materials and sites they require students to access to determine the appropriateness of the material contained on the site.
  3. Provide guidelines and lists of resources to assist their students in channeling their research activities effectively and properly.
  4. Assist their students in developing the skills to ascertain the truthfulness of information, distinguish fact from opinion, and engage in discussions about controversial issues while demonstrating tolerance and respect for those who hold divergent views.

Parental Notification and Responsibility

  1. MAA will notify the parents about the MAA network and the policies governing its use. Parents must sign an agreement to allow their student to have an individual account.
  2. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child(ren)'s individual account at any time.
  3. The MAA Acceptable Use Policy contains restrictions on accessing inappropriate material, and student use will be supervised. However, there is a wide range of material available on the Internet, some of which may not be fitting with the particular values of the families of the students. It is not practically possible for MAA to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use of the Internet. Further, MAA recognizes that parents bear primary responsibility for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children. The school will encourage parents to specify to their child(ren) what material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through the MAA system.
  4. MAA will provide students and parents with guidelines for student safety while using the Internet

Games Policy

Includes video games, computer games, hand-held games, board games, etc.

Games not allowed

  • Any game with the rating of M (Mature. Age 17+), AO (Adults only. Age 18+), or RP (Rating Pending). No exceptions.
  • Games that fall into these categories: Emulators, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooters. There may be exceptions which will be reviewed by the gaming committee on a case-by-case basis.

Rationale

  • If the world deems a game inappropriate for persons under the age of 17, what does that say about the values it is teaching in that game?
  • Emulators — they are largely used for illegally playing games that you do not own (ie – you could play SEGA games and not own the SEGA controller or game)
  • Fighting — a game in this category is a game whose sole purpose is to harm or injure your opponent with/without weapons.
  • Role-Playing — games within this category are those where you control 1 or more characters through an environment (imagined or realistic) to usually defeat some type of threat. The problem with most of these games is that they are heavily based on Dungeons & Dragons and/or use sorcery (magic).
  • Shooters — the only goal in games of these type is to kill (someone/something) or be killed.

Petition for approval

  • Write a letter to the Game committee stating why you feel the game should be allowed.
  • Provide access to the Game committee to play/test the game in question.

Unacceptable Uses

Unacceptable uses of the network are outlined in the complete MAA Network Acceptable Use Policy(49.5 KB) and in the Milo Handbook(1.2 MB).