Information Technology (IT)


OSSM Acceptable Use Policy

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics operates a computer network for use by faculty, staff, and students. This system is owned by the State of Oklahoma and made available for educational purposes. This policy applies to all users of the system whether operating OSSM provided computers or personal computers attached to the network.

Network activity is logged by OSSM and agencies of the State of Oklahoma to ensure compliance with this policy and state and federal laws and regulations. Use of the network systems at OSSM is considered approval to conduct such monitoring.  OSSM requires from all its users the highest standards of integrity, respect for other users, and regard for the system and its components.

 Acceptable Use – Use of the OSSM network for educational and research purposes consistent with the objectives of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is acceptable.

Transmission or acquisition of any material in violation of law or regulation is prohibited.
Use for product advertisement, political activity, personal gain, or commercial activity is prohibited.

Users may not provide network or Internet service to other OSSM users or any Internet users without permission from the network administrator, including deployment of ad hoc networks on the OSSM campus.

Use of outside network resources to circumvent these policies is prohibited.
Activities that result in complaints from other Internet operators will be reviewed with respect to the standards of this policy.

Privileges and Restrictions – Use of the network is a privilege.

During school hours and study hours student use of the network is restricted to academic activities directly related to current enrollment or mentorship requirements.

Use of network services provided by other commercial, public, or private organizations via the Internet may be restricted. The Dean of Students determines what specific Internet services are consistent with the OSSM’s goals and objectives. Students on advised academic standing may be subject to additional network access restrictions.

Students may not bring more than one computer to OSSM’s campus.

Junior students may not bring personal computers (desktops, laptops, tablets, etc.) to school until the Academic Committee has evaluated their first six-week grades. Personal computers can be connected to the Internet only with the approval of the Academic Committee after evaluating the first six-week grades and of OSSM’s network administrators, who check personal computers for possible security risks to OSSM’s network.

Recreational computing and social networking is permitted during non-school hours. Access to social media and other non-academic content may be restricted if it is deemed to interfere with students’ academic work.
Students found violating OSSM’s Acceptable Use Policy are subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to loss of access to the OSSM network.

Be polite. Antisocial comments or language is unacceptable.
Do not reveal personal information such as addresses or phone numbers, whether one’s own or another’s.

Network Etiquette – Students are expected to demonstrate correct and proper behavior.

Email – Electronic mail is provided to all users for conducting the official business of OSSM and for maintaining public professional dialog.

A user must not in any way attempt to access any electronic message not explicitly directed to their account.
Students are required to use the OSSM provided email service.

Security – If a user observes a deficiency in system security report it immediately to the network administrator.

Do not open or modify the hardware or software of an OSSM provided computer.
Do not circumvent OSSM firewalls or internet filters. Requests for access to blocked websites should be submitted to the network administrator or Dean of Students.

Do not allow other users to operate your computer remotely. Never let another person use your account (and never use another person’s).

Malicious Activities – Any attempt to harass, harm, or damage any local or Internet user or any attempt to damage data or property of OSSM or any Internet user is an egregious breach of this policy.

Contact Tamara Brubaker at 405-522-7812 for all questions regarding IT

OSSM makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. OSSM will not be responsible for any damages. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, errant deliveries, or service interruptions caused by negligence, errors, or omissions by OSSM or its users. OSSM specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

Student Guidelines for personal computers: See Student Handbook.