St. Mary's students have access to a number of technology resources provided by the school. Here's a brief overview to help you get started using the many technology services and tools that are available for you at St. Mary's as well as understand your responsibilities in regards to their use.
Students have access to the St. Mary's local area network (LAN) via a username and password that is provided to them when they enroll. They can use this username and password to log on to any of the library computers, mobile laptop cart, or computer systems located in various labs around campus.
St. Mary's has a campus-wide wireless network that is accessible to students using laptops, smart phones, or other wireless devices such as Apple's iPod Touch. For security purposes, our wireless network is not an open public network. While your laptop or other wireless device will automatically connect to one of the many wireless access points located throughout the campus, when you open a web browser on those devices, you'll be redirected to the St. Mary's "captive portal" where you will be asked to provide your network username and password. Once your credentials are authenticated, you will have access to the World Wide Web via the St. Mary's high-speed Internet connection.
We utilize a web content filtering system in order to protect our systems as well as you and your own personal computer system from harmful malware and spam that can be delivered via the World Wide Web. All Internet traffic coming and going from computer systems on our network passes through a content filter that logs that traffic and helps to ensure that harmful viruses or malware are not passed along to computer systems. Like all available content filtering systems, the product we use does not 100% guarantee safe surfing.
Every student has his/her data storage, or "user drive", on the St. Mary's computer network. Access to this storage is available only from school computers located in the library and in computer labs. Please note that this storage is only for school-related work. Using it as backup storage for your personal data such as iTunes library, photos, etc. will result in deletion of that data and possibly suspension of your data storage privileges. If you would like access to your data from any Internet-connected computer, we recommend using Google Docs to create and store your documents online or, alternatively, one of the many free online document storage services that are available such as Dropbox or Box.net
Students have access to their grades, schedule, and assignments online via My BackPack. Because My BackPack is a web-based service, it can be accessed via any Internet-connected computer using common web browser applications such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Each student is provided with a username and password at time of enrollment that can be used to access My BackPack via the login page. If you ever forget your password, you can click the I Forgot My Password link on the login page and retrieve your password, which will be emailed to the email address we have on file for you.
If you have a problem with one of the computers located in the library or one of the computer labs, please inform your instructor or the library front desk. Providing as much information as possible is key to them being able to assist you. If they determine that the issue is a technical one, they will submit a technical support request to the IT department for later follow-up. One of the most common issues we see is students opening document attachments directly from an email and making further changes. The problem with this is that when you save the document, it gets saved into a temporary folder that will not be accessible later if you want to make further edits. There are several ways you can avoid having this happen to you: 1) Do not open attached documents directly from an email if you are going to do further work on that document; rather, download and save your document to your user drive on the network then open it from there to do further editing. 2) Use Google Docs to create, store, and access your documents. 3) Save your documents to a free online document storage service such as Dropbox or Box.net
Appropriate Use Contract
All student use of St. Mary's computers, computer networks, and Internet services is governed by the Computer-Internet Appropriate Use Contract that every student and their parent/guardian are required to sign. It is important that students fully understand and follow the terms, conditions, and guidelines of that contract. In particular, students need to remember:
Use of any of the St. Mary's School computers, computer networks and Internet services is a privilege which may be restricted or revoked at any time. All school rules for behavior and communication shall also apply to use of school computers, networks and the Internet. Anyone who uses school computers or computer services agrees to comply with school policies and regulations and the rules of any network accessed. Students must follow the directions of authorized teachers and school staff. School computers may never be used for commercial purposes to include offering, providing or purchasing goods or services for personal use. Students who use equipment without permission, who access or attempt to access unauthorized databases, who procure inappropriate information or images, who use inappropriate or demeaning language or who damage or deface computer hardware or software will lose their computer use privileges and/or be subject to disciplinary action and held responsible for financial damage, if applicable. If the computer usage is required in the student's course work, misuse may affect the student's academic grade, and if the misuse is sufficiently severe or persistent as determined by the teacher and the school administration, the misuse may affect the student's ability to receive credit for the course.