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Conduct Agreement

You are using services and sites of TPS. We are family-friendly and we insist that all material on our site and directly linked from it be family-friendly. Use of our services constitutes understanding of and agreement to the following:

Biblical Worldview. TPS strives for “faithful scholarship” that integrates academic excellence and a biblical worldview in a coherent seamless approach to education. TPS is an academic community built on mutual respect for one another in the nexus of faith and scholarship within a biblical worldview. This page provides more information on how TPS applies a biblical worldview in the academic and relational context of a school.

Parental Oversight. We assume that parents provide sufficient oversight to ensure their students conduct themselves honorably and adhere to these posted standards while they use our site or services. Furthermore, recognizing that our site serves a wide range of ages and backgrounds, we expect that parents have responsibility to ensure their own kids refrain from any activities they feel are not beneficial to them.

Usernames and Passwords. We assume that while using our site or services, students will conduct themselves honorably in a manner they would be proud to have associated with their name and their family’s name. Accordingly we insist that every student use only his own assigned username while on our site or in our conferences. We do not permit anonymous participation in any of our services, nor do we permit students to use a fake name or another student’s name while on our site. We expect students to immediately report compromised usernames or passwords, or any other violation of this standard.

Respect and Kindness. An academic setting affords frequent opportunities to consider differing opinions and ideas. We recognize that even within a worldview that sees the Bible as the standard for truth, there is an acceptable conservative range of interpretational opinions and individual applications. We encourage students to present and defend their views and to open-mindedly consider positions other than their own, but we insist that all such interactions be conducted with kindness and respect. We seek to always speak truth in love, remembering that love is patient, kind and gentle. We do not tolerate personal attacks or insults, or any other approach that belittles other people, regardless of their viewpoint. This standard applies to the classrooms, the meeting rooms, the discussion forums, the blogs, and all other interactive mediums within TPS.

Integrity and Plagiarism. Unless explicitly approved by the teacher, students must perform all evaluated work individually and must take all exams without referring to a textbook, notes, or other materials. We assume that all work submitted by students is their own original work, except for portions they explicitly attribute to another source. We consider any other submission to be plagiarism or cheating, and we expect parents to provide training and oversight as necessary to prevent such behavior. More information…

Denominations, Politics, and Social Action. TPS is a private Christian academic organization, not a public forum for promoting political, social, or denominational organizations, parties, or platforms. Political, social, or denominational discussions are limited to what is directly related to the academic context (e.g., topic of the course, topic of the forum), and all matters must be discussed academically with respectful consideration of alternate viewpoints, particularly viewpoints that are supportable within the broader Trinitarian Christian creedal orthodoxy.

Safeguarding Privacy of Minors. Minors are protected by privacy rights that are unwaiverable, including by the minor or parent. TPS is legally required to protect these rights. TPS classrooms and community spaces are not private or safe spaces for the purpose of protecting sensitive information from possible misinterpretation or misuse by others presently or in the future. Therefore, TPS classrooms and community spaces may not be used to share private or privileged information, including medical, mental health, sexuality, gender identity issues, trauma, financial, legal, academic records, and any other matters reasonably or legally considered as private and protected. These restrictions apply to all forms of information, including text, graphics, images, and videos. Students may not (even voluntarily or with parental permission) share private and protected information regarding themselves or others in TPS classrooms and community spaces, including forums, yearbook, clay magazine, or other TPS venues, including for academic purposes.

Modesty and Decorum. Our classrooms and other site features allow young people to interact with one another in a variety of ways, including posting photos and movie clips, and various other spoken and written forms of interaction. In all interactions that utilize our site services, participants must maintain decorum in spoken and written conversation, and all posted photos and video interactions must exhibit conservative modesty in dress and behavior. Recognizing that different people have different standards of modesty and decorum, we insist that in all video, audio and written word interactions our students proactively take a conservative approach that reasonably avoids offense to others. In photos and videos, our general requirement is for everyone (regardless of age or gender) to remain covered from at least above the chest to the middle of the upper thigh (no cleavage, bare midriffs, or short shorts, please).

Romance and Flirting. We encourage online group study or social activities. However, we insist that our meeting rooms, forums, and other interactive mediums not be used for “lonely hearts” discussions, flirting, dating, or other “romantic” endeavors. Regardless of the age of the participants or what any particular family accepts as appropriate in this area, we don’t want our site to be used in this way.

Advertising and External Links. We do not permit advertising on our site; therefore we also do not permit students to post links to products or services, even if those products or services are free.

External Groups and Associations – TPS expressly forbids external associations that state or imply any association or connection with TPS classes or groups, including the use of our name, logo(s), or other identifiers. We particularly forbid the use of Google Hangouts and similar platforms to create external groups related to our classes or internal groups. These external platforms are particularly dangerous for minors because they have no oversight and effectively no safety or security. TPS routinely receives reports of bullying, sexual harassment, sexual predation, harassment over political or social beliefs, cheating rings, identity theft, hacking, student cliques and “gangs”, slander, and other unsafe and unsavory behaviors in these external groups. Students often “hangout” in these groups during class and become inattentive in class. These groups are also a source of misinformation regarding conduct of classes and assignments. Furthermore, there is no valid or beneficial reason for these groups because TPS already offers a more authentic and safer version of the collaborative social or academic benefits from the groups.

Reporting Problems. We believe that mutual accountability reinforces individual restraint in promoting appropriate standards of behavior. Mutually agreeable standards of behavior are best achieved by all participants gently confronting and reporting problems when they see them. Anyone who finds the behavior of another to be upsetting or offensive should ask the “offender” to cease or modify the behavior. If a direct request proves ineffective in stopping the problem and preventing recurrence, then please report the matter to [email protected]. When reporting a problem, please provide as much specific information as possible, including the day, time, user names of all participants and witnesses, precise words used, and other details regarding the nature of the offense. We investigate all reports that contain sufficient information, and take action on all reports we can substantiate.