adapted from Georgetown Day School's online AUP


  1. This acceptable use agreement defines the responsibilities that each member of the community must accept in order to use the School’s technology resources. All members of the University School of Milwaukee community agree to follow school rules and commit to the School’s Common Trust. The Common Trust is:

  1. To maintain the Common Trust we all agree to support the needs of the school community, even if they may conflict with our personal desires. You can read a detailed summary of your responsibilities below.

  1. USM owns all systems, software, and other material stored on the network including applications such as:

1. word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, security, and database programs
2. network folders, images, video, and files stored on servers
3. research tools, library catalogs, and associated memberships in online resources
4. e-mail, web pages, server logs, cache files, and filtered files

  1. Tampering with USM technology tools or another person’s work is unacceptable, and could result in the loss of all rights to use computers at USM, including any user account and network access. Violations of the USM policy are also subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.

  1. As the line between the actual world and the virtual world of the Internet grows increasingly blurry, students should take care to conduct themselves in both realms in accord with the community standards outlined in these pages. This caution particularly applies to online social sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Second Life. Users of these sites must be 13 years or older, and be officially in High School.


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Acceptable Use Responsibilities for USM Community

I understand the following:

  • I continuously represent University School of Milwaukee whenever and wherever I use e-mail and Internet resources, even if I am using these resources away from or outside of the School’s network.
  • Any violation of the rules can result in loss of my privileges to use computers at USM in addition to possible disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.
  • If I knowingly enable others to violate these rules, I may be held accountable as if I broke the rule myself.

Use of School Virtual Resources

I will:

  • Respect the work and privacy of others throughout the USM Network.
  • Use my applications, e-mail accounts, and USM Network space appropriately, for school-related activities.
  • Store my documents and files in places that are assigned to me.

I will not:

  • Save or install files and/or software on equipment without the authorization of a teacher or the Network Administrators.
  • Use USM technology resources for commercial activity or to seek monetary gain.
  • Intentionally introduce a virus or other harmful code anywhere on the USM Network, and I will make an effort to keep my home computer free from viruses and other destructive materials. I will report any virus detections to a member of the Technology Staff.

I will not attempt to discover or use another user’s login name or password, nor will I share my passwords. If I become aware of another individual’s password, I will inform that person or a member of the technology staff. • The University School of Milwaukee respects the importance of online student-profile sites like MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Bebo, and others to students who use these sites as a means of communicating with friends. Students must understand the public nature of these sites and the risks, responsibility, and accountability that they, as site manager, must assume if they participate. They also must understand that their names and sites are linked with the University School of Milwaukee, and as a result, the School may monitor the content of these sites because of the impact such sites can have on school accountability, public image, and student safety. Anything posted on a website by a student constitutes public speech and will be held to the all the standards and expectations expressed in this handbook.

Fair Use of Virtual Materials

  • I will not copy or transfer any copyrighted software to or from computers on the USM Network without the permission of the technology staff in my building.
  • I will attempt to avoid the misuses of virtual materials at school and at home.
  • I will properly cite all online, web, wikki, and similar materials that I transfer and use in my work.

Fair Use of Virtual Materials

I will not use any of my e-mail or web page accounts to:

  • Forward chain letters, joke collections, Internet urban legends, and other materials that clutter and slow down the GDS Network.
  • Use GDS technology resources to store or to transfer software used primarily for hacking, eavesdropping, or network administration.
  • Send personal political messages or represent GDS in any political arena.
  • Annoy, hinder, or harass others with offensive, obscene, abusive, embarrassing, or threatening language or images.
  • Communicate with inappropriate or abusive language.
  • Assume a fictitious identify.
  • Access, download, store, or print obscene or pornographic material.

Use of wikis, blogs, and other non-school owned websites and tools for classroom projects/school use:

I will use blogs, wikis and other web-based tools appropriately and safely, whether I am using them at home or at school. This means I will not reveal my last name, phone number, address or any other personal information in this public spaces. Likewise, I will not reveal the aforementioned information in this public spaces for any friends, family members, or acquaintances.

If posting pictures, video or other media in a public space for a school project, I will not identify anyone by their last name.


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Content and Other Materials Created and Saved at GDS

Network or Web Site Materials

  • Content created with and saved on GDS network and technology tools is the property of the School.
  • If I leave the school community, I may take copies of anything I have written, but the content that I created at GDS can continue to be used by the School for educational purposes such as publications and presentations.

Guidelines for All Content Saved on the Network or Posted on School Websites

  • When I create content I will be considerate and respect the privacy of others.
  • I will identify myself as the author of all content.
  • I will clearly indicate when the content was written.
  • I will give credit to others for their ideas. I know that I can consult the GDS library pages for information on how to do this.

My Use of GDS Content or School Information on Non-GDS Websites

  • Content about GDS anywhere on the World Wide Web should observe all aspects of the School's Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Official School files or documents are not to be posted on non-GDS sites.
  • Individuals who post content on World Wide Web sites away from GDS should not present content as if it represents any official views of Georgetown Day School.
  • I understand that the official GDS website represents the School. No representation of GDS should be made on any website, newsgroup, bulletin board, through e-mail or through any other means without the permission of the School's administration.

Getting My Content Approved for the GDS Website

  • Any individual or organization wishing to post content on the GDS website should e-mail preliminary information to, who will make an initial judgment of the appropriateness of the posting and other technical issues. Advance notice for special projects is imperative. Head of School Peter Branch has the final say regarding all website postings.


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Student E-mail

Lower/Middle School
  1. Lower and Middle School students do not have GDS e-mail accounts.

  1. L/MS students may not check or use personal or web-based e-mail at school without the permission of a teacher or technology staff member.

  1. L/MS students may, with the permission of a teacher, use their e-mail to transfer an assignment, but all are strongly encouraged to learn how to use the the Digital Drop Box in the GDS Online Hopper.

  1. With the permission of your teacher or a technology staff memeber, you may use personal e-mail to attach a file to send home or get an attached file that you uploaded from home. However, the preferred file transfer method is to use the Digital Drop Box provided in each of your GDS Online Hopperclasses.

High School
  1. Each High School student has the privilege of a GDS e-mail account, beginning on entry to the High School.

  1. GDS student e-mail accounts are not active during the summer break but can be used during all other school breaks, so students should take care to save any important e-mail documents.

  1. Students are encouraged to transfer files with the Digital Drop Box in each Online Hopper class section.

  1. Use attachments as sparingly as possible. The easiest way to avoid e-mail viruses is to cut and paste content into the body of your e-mail message. GDS limits the size of incoming e-mail attachments and scans them for viruses.

  1. E-mail from any account, whether at GDS or at another Internet Service Provider, must not be used to annoy or harass any student or teacher. See the GDS Harassment Policy.

  1. GDS students who use e-mail accounts should be familiar with all GDS Acceptable Use Policies.

  1. All students are encouraged to read the Ten Commandmandments of E-mail, written for Harvard University's Business School.


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Georgetown Day School Harassment Policy


Georgetown Day School is committed to having a community in which every student and staff member can work, learn and participate in an atmosphere free from all forms of bullying and harassment.

Any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, whether written or oral, physical, visual, or virtual (e-mail, textmessaging, voice mail, or website), is strictly prohibited and subject to disciplinary consequences. Also see Sexual Harassment, Technology (Acceptable Use Policy), and Community Standards for each Division.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments or other generally acceptable social behavior. Sexual harassment refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, undermines or weakens morale and, therefore, interferes with the work effectiveness and/or learning environment of its victims and their co-workers and/or fellow students. By way of example, sexual harassment may include such conduct as subtle pressure for sexual activities; offensive, unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, or constant brushing against another’s body; or offensive sex-oriented verbal teasing, kidding, jokes or abuse, or the unwelcome display of pictures, cartoons, or drawings which are sexual in nature. Sexual activity between staff and students is strictly prohibited, regardless of whether the activity is consensual. Violation of this rule will result in serious disciplinary consequences and may also violate criminal laws.

A student who believes he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment should immediately bring the matter to the attention of a teacher, advisor, or administrator who must refer the complaint to the Head of School. An investigating administrator appointed by the Head of School will consider all the circumstances in determining whether the alleged improper conduct occurred and whether that conduct constitutes sexual harassment. The School will make every reasonable effort to maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of the parties involved during and after the investigation. Any attempt to interfere with or influence the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is strictly prohibited.

The investigating administrator will prepare for the Head of School a written report which contains a synopsis of the allegations, the results of the investigation, and a recommended disposition of the complaint. The Head of School or his designee will then take appropriate action.

Any staff member or student who is found to have committed an act of sexual harassment will be subject to remedial action including, but not limited to, reprimand, counseling, suspension, expulsion, or dismissal. Retaliation against a person who properly reports, complains about or participates in the investigation of sexual harassment, is also prohibited.

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Voicemail and E-mail Guidelines at GDS
  1. To facilitate communication between school and home, each member of the faculty and staff has an e-mail address and a voice mailbox.

  1. Voice mail may be accessed through the School’s main phone lines or through individual numbers listed in the Parent/ Student Directory and on the School's website Online Staff Directory.

  1. E-mail addresses are usually accessed by using the individual’s first initial and last name plus For example, Peter Branch’s e-mail address is For exceptions, please see the Parent/Student Directory or the Online Staff Directory.

  1. It should be noted that expectations of civility in communications at GDS are the same for e-mail and voice mail as for face-to-face communication.

  1. Respect for one another should be evident in tone and language as well as content.

  1. Unfortunately, e-mail does not convey tone and affect and may cause the message to seem abrupt or confrontational when used in haste or anger.

  1. Moreover, e-mail can be printed or re-circulated and does not ensure confidentiality. Issues of significant concern are best left to a personal meeting, which the use of e-mail or voice mail can facilitate.

  1. Forwarding any personal e-mail notes to public forums is prohibited. This includes forwarding a personal and signed message that you received to an e-mail or chat forum without the expressed permission of the original sender.

  1. Avoid using purely anonymous screen names or or other that may convey misinformation about your intentions. Instead choosing names that your friends and aquaintances might recognize, even if they do not know your exact screen name. Moreover, if you accidentally send a message that someone misunderstands, they will be in touch with you rather than sending the messages to one of the ISP bad message notification services.

  1. Turn off instant messengers or other chat forums when you are working on homework, office work, or other significant tasks.

  1. Check out the Ten Commandmandments of E-mail, developed at the Harvard Business School and published in PC Magazine.

Middle School Student Guidelines for Web Publishing of classroom Projects

Dear Students:
This is a set of guidelines to follow when creating and publishing projects that you are working on for school. The guidelines are created to help you protect your identity and your privacy. We want you to be able to publish school projects online for the world to view and respond to, but we also want you to think critically about the kinds of things you should and should not make available on the Internet. Anything you publish on a web page has the potential to be viewed by a global audience. We want you to use these powerful software and hardware tools to showcase the wonderful projects that you're creating in your classes. Please follow the guidelines below when participating in classroom projects that involve online publishing.

You should not publish the following information on the web:

1. Your full name should not be published online. Your first name with last initial is OK. If you are not comfortable with your first name and last initial, then you may use a pseudonym.
2. Your phone number, cell phone number, email address and other contact information should not be published online.
3. The city that you live in or your home address should not be published online. It is OK to say you are a student from Wisconsin.
4. Other personal information such as
4. When publishing photos and videos, make sure they don't include last names or any of the information mentioned above.
4. Please do not publish the above information about any of your friends or family members.