Digital Citizenship Agreement

This Digital Citizenship Agreement is between Duke TIP, the students participating in Duke TIP’s eStudies Program, and the parents or guardians of those students. Our program utilizes a variety of online resources, including Google Apps for Education, Web 2.0 tools, and other tools and programs that require students to post, share, and publish work online in both protected and open environments. This agreement serves as a resource to help students maintain safety and privacy while interacting in online environments such as these. It is important that both the eStudies student and the parent or guardian carefully read and understand this agreement.

I will protect my identity in all online environments. This includes not sharing your email address, home address, phone number, full name, birthdate, location, school name, or any other information that might pose a privacy or security risk.

I will protect the security of my fellow classmates, TIP instructor, and Duke TIP information by not sharing information in our Duke TIP online community with others. It is important that Duke TIP online communities are a safe and welcoming space to share ideas and work. Therefore, it is very important that you don’t show the course content, participant information, or participant work with anyone other than your parents.

I will manage my own passwords. It is crucial that you develop a secure password for all sites, and that you never share that password. You are responsible for managing all passwords you create. Duke TIP is only able to assist you in resetting your TIPonline password. Should your instructor assign a tool that requires you to create an account, you will need to remember that password on your own. It is strongly recommended that you use the Google sign-on option with your TIPonline account any time that option is available.

I will be responsible for maintaining or deleting my accounts. You are solely responsible for what happens with the accounts you create after the conclusion of your eStudies course, with the exception of Canvas, Collaborate, and TIPonline accounts. Duke TIP and your instructor may share links to your products or capture screenshots of your work, but you own both the products and the accounts you create. It is recommended that you go into the settings of these accounts and change the email address to a personal email at the conclusion of your course. We request that you keep all accounts and products active through the end of August to ensure your work can be properly assessed and evaluated by your instructor. Deleting these products before that date could result in an incomplete program evaluation from Duke TIP. After August, you may choose to either maintain or delete these accounts. Duke TIP will not be able to assist you with retrieving passwords or products from these accounts, either during or after the course. 

I will use my TIPonline account to communicate with classmates and my instructor.  All course-related communications should be from your TIPonline account to your instructor or classmates’ TIPonline accounts. You should never use a personal account for course communications. 

I will exhibit appropriate behavior online. Many internet tools allow for a wide range of interaction, including comments, posts, discussions, and peer feedback. Everything you write or share online is a reflection of you, and should be treated as both permanent and public. It is your responsibility to make wise decisions about how you want to be perceived by instructors and classmates, as well as potential schools and employers that might one day see the interactions you have had online. Commit to only sharing appropriate information, images, and multimedia resources. 

I will respect myself and others at all times. Never share a post, comment, or image that could be perceived as disrespectful. Do not engage with or respond to inappropriate or disrespectful posts or images. Report inappropriate activity to your instructor or Duke TIP. 

I will adhere to copyright laws and fair use guidelines. It is important that you never use copyrighted work without permission, and that you always credit the original producer of the work. This includes text from books or websites, images, videos, and any other resource you obtain. This is particularly important when you are creating and sharing things online that could potentially have a public audience that may interpret these items as your own work. If you are unsure of whether you might be using copyrighted materials, refer to the eStudies student handbook or seek the help of your instructor. “I didn’t know” is not an excuse for plagiarism or copyright infringement. 

I understand that it is my responsibility to read the terms of use or service and adhere to any age restrictions. Most web tools have specific age restrictions and terms of use that they expect users to follow. These are typically located at the bottom of all pages, particularly the home pages. It is your responsibility to read, understand, and follow these guidelines. Duke TIP will never expect or require you to use any tool in a manner that violates the terms of use or age restrictions. If you aren’t sure whether you can complete an assignment due to age restrictions, seek the help of your instructor immediately.

I will contact my instructor or Duke TIP staff if at any time I feel uncomfortable about online activity related to my course. You have the right to feel safe and protected when utilizing online tools and resources. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, or experience or witness instances of bullying, harassment, inappropriate language or content, please contact your instructor or the Duke TIP staff as soon as possible. If you are concerned about the manner in which you are being asked to share an assignment, your instructor can offer an alternative method or tool, or an alternate assignment.

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.