ICT Student Acceptable Use Policy

Uckfield College  Student Acceptable Use Policy

The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to help promote a safe environment in which you can learn. The College has systems in place to monitor messages, e-mails and computer files.

All students must follow the conditions described in this policy when using college ICT networked resources including: Internet access, both in and outside of college, the college Virtual Learning Environment 'Moodle', the college Google docs and applications suite and all other college provided network services.


Breaking these conditions may lead to:

  • Withdrawal of the students access,

  • Close monitoring of the students network activity,

  • Investigation of the students past network activity,

  • In some cases, criminal prosecution.

Students will be provided with guidance by staff in the use of the resources available through the colleges network.  College staff will regularly monitor the network to make sure that it is being used responsibly.

The college will not be responsible for any loss of data as a result of the system or student mistakes in using the system. Use of any information obtained via the network is at the student’s own risk.


Conditions of Use

Student access to the networked resources is a privilege, not a right. Students will be expected to use the resources for the educational purposes for which they are provided.  

It is the personal responsibility of every student to take all reasonable steps to make sure they follow the conditions set out in this Policy.  Students must also accept personal responsibility for reporting any misuse of the network to one of the following:

  1. IT Support staff
  2. The appropriate Head of year
  3. An ICT teacher
  4. Any other member of staff


Acceptable Use

Students are expected to use the network systems in a responsible manner. The following list provides the rules that must be followed:



I will not create, send or post at College or at HOME, any material that is likely to cause offence or anxiety to other people or bring Uckfield College into disrepute. This includes circulating pictures of staff or students on any social media site without their permission.


I will use appropriate language – I will remember that I am a representative of the college on a global public system. Illegal activities of any kind are strictly forbidden.


I will not use language that could stir up hatred against any ethnic, religious or other minority group.


I realise that files held on the college network will be regularly checked by IT Support Staff or other members of staff.


I will not reveal any personal information (e.g. home address, telephone number) about myself or other users over the network.


I will not trespass into other users’ files or folders.


I will not share my login details (including passwords) with anyone else.  Likewise, I will never use other people’s usernames and passwords.


I will ensure that if I think someone has learned my password then I will change it immediately and/or contact IT Support staff.


I will ensure that I log off after my network session has finished.


If I find an unattended machine logged on under other user's username I will not continue using the machine – I will log it off immediately.


I understand that I am not allowed to access unauthorised social networking sites whilst at school, this includes access via Mobile phone or other portable device.


I am aware that e-mail is not guaranteed to be private. Messages which support or encourage illegal activities will be reported.


I will not use the network in any way that would disrupt use of the network by others.


I will only save files that are required for my learning ,will organise those files appropriately and will delete files that I no longer need.


I will report any accidental access to other people’s information, unsuitable websites or being sent inappropriate materials that make me feel uncomfortable to my Director of Year or IT Support.


I will not attempt to visit websites that might be considered inappropriate or illegal. I am aware that downloading some material is illegal and the police or other authorities may be called to investigate such use.


I will not download and/or install any unapproved software, system utilities or resources from the Internet.


I will not receive, send or publish material that violates copyright law. This includes materials sent / received using Video Conferencing or Web Broadcasting.


I will not attempt to harm, change or destroy any equipment, or IT working environment, the work of another user on the college network, or even another website or network connected to the college system. (e.g. I will not change monitor settings in IT rooms or touch computer cables)


I understand that unapproved system utilities and executable files are not allowed in my work areas or attached to emails.


I agree to comply with the acceptable use policy of any other networks that I access.


Network Security

If you discover a security problem, for example being able to access other user's data, you must inform IT Support / Director of Year immediately and not show it to other users.  Students identified as a security risk will be denied access to the network.

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