Technology

Suffield Academy maintains a campus-wide, fiber-optic gigabit switched Ethernet network that connects all buildings, including the dormitories, classrooms, and faculty homes. Each boarding student is provided with a data drop in her/his room, as well as a telephone jack. Capabilities of the network include email, electronic bulletin boards on our intranet, a WWW server (with student space) and full access to the Internet via our high-speed fiber-optic connection to the Connecticut Education Network. In addition, voicemail is provided to each member of the community. Each dormitory is equipped with a laser printer, and other public, networked printers are sprinkled throughout campus. Day students and faculty members can connect to our campus network via wireless access points throughout campus. Access to email and other school services is available off-campus as well.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Technology

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • » Technology at Suffield

    We are not a “laptop school,” we are a school where electronic communication is a keystone of campus life. Computing and information technology are pervasive at Suffield Academy. Computers are integrated into the daily life of all community members. Students are required to have a functioning, Academy-recommended Apple laptop. Everyone is expected to check email at least once every twenty-four hours; classes and student groups rely on email discussion forums, and the campus is covered with wireless or wired networking.

    All students have the expectation of secure, private voice messaging and email provided by the Academy. However, we reserve the right to inspect the content of student accounts in the event of suspected misuse. Instant messaging, texting, email, and social networking sites facilitate communication and the sharing of ideas. All forms of electronic messaging also facilitate the dissemination of information, often beyond intended recipients. Students should be aware that any message may end up in public view; accordingly every email, video, Facebook post, IM, or other electronic correspondence should be crafted with care.

    All members of the Suffield Academy community are expected to follow general rules of etiquette, whether online or in face-to-face interactions: avoid inappropriate language, treat others with respect, not engage in illegal activities or activities inappropriate for those under 21 years of age. Mean spirited or deragotory language about others on the Internet is not acceptable within the Suffield community; violations will lead to disciplinary consequences.

    Every student receives a unique username and password for the Academy’s computer systems. Students must keep passwords secure from others and should not allow others to use their account; students are responsible for any activity originating from their account or personal computer. Accessing another user account with or without permission, or granting anyone access to your account is a violation of school policy.

    All computer and network infrastructure (switches, routers, cabling, wireless access points, servers, etc.) is owned and managed by the school. Students may not add or modify any network equipment; this includes the creation of personal wireless networks. Network activity is neither filtered nor blocked at the Academy; however, messaging and Internet access may be recorded in archival logs for operational and safety reasons.

    Students are prohibited from accessing any website or Internet resource violating state or federal law. Students are also prohibited from accessing online content intended for adult audiences only. Students should not portray themselves or Suffield Academy inappropriately in any online public forum, including social networking or video sharing sites. Student access to on-campus computing resources and/or the Internet is a privilege that may be restricted or revoked by school representatives at any time. Abuse or violation of these technology guidelines may result in disciplinary action.
  • » Laptop Requirement Information

    Suffield Academy requires students to have an Apple laptop that meets our published requirements. For a list of specifications and a link to pre-configured models from Apple’s online store, please visit the Suffield Academy Apple store.

    The school makes several software packages available to students via a one-time technology fee ($50). This includes software for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and other specialized software used in certain courses. We recommend self-instructional software for students who would like to improve their typing ability. Please note that the Academy does not offer a typing course.

    All students receive services and support including unlimited email messaging, full Internet access, limited network file storage, network printing (no need to bring your own printer), repair depot service, and training.

    Boarding and day students have access to network services via wireless connection in all campus buildings and dormitories. Additionally, boarding students have wired connections in their dorm rooms. Day students may also use their home Internet connection to access Suffieldís network services (such as email) from home during the evening or on weekends.
  • « Privacy Policy

    Privacy Policy 
    Use of Personal Information 
    We do not collect any personal information unless you voluntarily provide it by sending us e-mail, participating in a survey, or completing an on-line form. Personal information submitted will not be transferred to any non-affiliated third parties unless otherwise stated at the time of collection. When a user submits personally identifiable information it is used only for the purpose stated at the time of collection. 
    Consent 
    Where consent for the use and disclosure of personal information is required, the school will seek consent from the appropriate person. In the case of a student’s personal information, the school will seek the consent from the student and/ or parent depending on the circumstances and the student’s mental ability and maturity to understand the consequences of the proposed use and disclosure. 
    Cookies 
    A cookie is a small text file stored by your browser that allows the website to “remember” your preferences such as calendar settings and site bookmarks on the site from visit to visit, or to maintain your “logged in” status when visiting protected areas. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Web browsers have settings allowing you to reject cookies, or selectively accept cookies, or delete cookies previously accepted. Please be aware that rejecting or deleting cookies from our website may make certain functions unavailable to you. 
    Log Files 
    Like most standard website servers we use website statistic packages such as Google Analytics to analyze trends in how our website is accessed and utilized. Information monitored includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location of visitors (country, city), browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp, time spent on pages, and keywords used to find our site via search engines. This information is anonymous and cannot be directly linked to individual users. We may use it to identify high-use or low-use areas of the site, pinpoint problem areas of the site, analyze broad demographic trends in our visitors, and make decisions about how to make it easier for people to find and navigate our website. 
    Google Analytics 
    This website uses Google Analytics to help understand how visitors engage with the site. Your web browser automatically sends certain information to Google. This includes, for example, the web address of the page that you're visiting and your IP address. Google may also set cookies on your browser, or read cookies that are already there. If you would like further information on how Google uses data when you use our website you may visit, www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/. 
    Links 
    This website may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this website. 
    Security 
    This website takes every precaution to protect our users' personal information. Whenever users submit personal information (such as contact info or credit card info) via online forms, registration, or online purchase, upon submission that information is encrypted via the highest level of SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) available. Servers that store personally identifiable information are in a secure environment. Under no circumstances are credit card numbers permanently stored on our website servers. 
    Non-secured Communications 
    Posts to discussion forums, discussion boards, comments to blogs, and Alumni Class Notes may be viewable by other users. When these areas are not in a password-protected area, they may be viewable by the general public. Please be aware of this when posting personal information in these areas. 
    Contact Information 
    If users have any questions or suggestions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us at: mmitchell@suffieldacademy.org

Technology Department

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Jason Healy

    Jason Healy 

    Director of Technology, Opatrny Chair in Technology
    Williams College - B.A.
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  • Photo of Matthew  Graham

    Matthew  Graham 

    Academic Technology Coordinator
    Central Connecticut State University - B.A.
  • Photo of Debi  Louis

    Debi  Louis 

    Help Desk Analyst
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