LIMITED TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY
The Limited Technology Use Policy is designed to establish guidelines and expectations regarding the use of technology for participants in the GEC programs. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that participants engage in meaningful experiences, personal growth, and cultural immersion during their gap year. By limiting technology use, we aim to foster face-to-face interactions, encourage self-reflection, and facilitate a deeper connection with the world around us.
This policy applies to all participants enrolled in the Gap Semester and Summer Programs and encompasses the use of personal electronic devices, including but not limited to smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other internet-enabled devices.
TECHNOLOGY USE GUIDELINES
- Types of Wifi Devices Allowed / Not allowed
|WiFi devices Allowed:
|Smartphones, Apple watches ( or similar), Kindles
|WiFi devices NOT Allowed:
|Laptops, Tablets ( ex:iPad, Chromebook), Gaming devices, Drone
- Limited Usage Periods:Participants are allowed to use personal electronic devices during designated periods. These periods may be specified by the program instructors and will be communicated to participants in advance. Participants are expected to respect these guidelines and limit their usage accordingly.
- Restricted Usage Locations:Certain locations or activities may require participants to refrain from using personal electronic devices entirely. These locations could include group discussions, cultural immersion activities, volunteering, homestays, or other situations where technology may hinder the experience. Participants must comply with these restrictions and prioritize engagement with their surroundings.
- Emergency Communication:Participants may use personal electronic devices in case of emergencies or situations that require immediate contact with program staff or local authorities. It is essential to inform program instructors of any emergency communication made via personal electronic devices.
- Exceptions:Program instructors may grant exceptions to these guidelines on a case-by-case basis for specific needs or circumstances. Participants must seek prior approval for any exceptions and provide a valid justification.
ACCOUNTABILITY and CONSEQUENCES
- Participants’ Responsibility:Participants are responsible for complying with the Limited Technology Use Policy and are encouraged to be proactive in adhering to the guidelines. It is essential to respect the program’s intention and engage fully in the activities and experiences provided.
- Monitoring and Reporting:Program Instructors reserve the right to monitor participants’ adherence to the Limited Technology Use Policy. Participants may be asked to report on their technology usage during specific intervals. Failure to comply or intentionally misrepresent technology use may result in disciplinary actions.
- Disciplinary Actions:Violations of the Limited Technology Use Policy may result in consequences, including verbal warnings, additional reporting requirements, limitation or revocation of privileges, and, in extreme cases, removal from the Gap Year Program.
PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION and PRIVACY
- Personal Data:Participants are responsible for safeguarding their personal information and sensitive data while using personal electronic devices. It is advised to use password protection and secure internet connections when accessing personal accounts or engaging in online activities.
- Social Media and Online Presence:Participants should exercise caution and discretion when posting content online, especially on social media platforms. Respecting cultural norms, privacy, and confidentiality is crucial. Participants should be aware that their online presence may reflect on the program and impact their experience.
AMENDMENTS and REVIEW
This Limited Technology Use Policy may be subject to periodic review and modification. Program instructors will communicate any changes to participants, providing reasonable notice before implementing updated guidelines.
By participating in a GEC Program, participants acknowledge their understanding of and commitment to this Limited Technology Use Policy. Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary actions, as outlined above.