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 2 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.

Technology Department

List of 3 members.

  • Jason Healy 

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

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

    Help Desk Analyst
Suffield Academy   185 North Main Street   Suffield, Connecticut 06078   Phone 860.386.4400  |  Fax 860.386.4411