BYODD Policy


BYODD stands for Bring Your Own Designated Device. The designated devices are selected by the College at Years 7 and 10.

At Year 7, Windows laptops are selected for all students. By having one standardised device across the year level, students will be able to learn skills from each other. Hardware and software configurations for the college Wifi network will also be made efficient & effective. The expectation is that year 7 students will use the laptop selected by the College up until the end of year 9. More information on the Year 7 laptop program can be found here.

At Year 10, the College selects two devices, Windows & MAC OS, purposely made for education. In consultation with their families, students chose one of the selected platforms. In this way, senior students can choose their preferred platform for learning.

It also provides an opportunity for independent and individualised learning.

Accessing digital resources assists in developing problem solving skills and encourages students to think creatively when presenting/demonstrating knowledge.

The BYODD program encourages learning to take place at any time. Students and teachers are provided with the opportunity to move towards personalised learning, differentiated teaching strategies and a focus on learning styles and preferences.

Software Provided by the College
The College licensing agreements provides students with the following software;

  • MS Office:  The Office Suite can be installed on 5 devices owned by the student.
  • Virus Scanning Software: Trend Micro. Compulsory for all devices on the college LAN.


Wifi Wireless network to allow access to the internet
Wireless Standard 802.11/ac /acx  All devices on our wifi network must have a network card of ac/acx wifi standard in order to connect.
 4G Fourth generation mobile communication technology, connecting to the Internet via an ISP account rather than the college wifi network.
Mobile Hotspots/Tethering A way of connecting from one device to another.
ITS Information Technology Services
BYODD Bring Your Own Designated Device (Selected by the College)

 Specifications of College selected devices are communicated every year to parents.

Detailed Policy Statements For students, Parents & Teachers

Students are expected to:

  • Bring their device to every lesson
  • Have their BYODD in good working order.
  • Be responsible for their devices and their use at all times. Devices must be kept in a secured locker when not in use. The College will not be held responsible for any damage, loss or theft of any student device.
  • Have a password or code, for security reasons, on their device.
  • Be responsible and liable for any damage that they may be cause with their device.
  • Use devices in the classroom at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers may prohibit, restrict or regulate use of devices as they deem necessary.
  • Charge the batteries of their device overnight and bring a fully charged device to School with enough power to last the day. The College has no provisions for students to charge and power their devices. Students are expected to carry paper and pens as backup.
  • Use their device to support the classroom activities and educational aims of the College.
  • Carry their devices in padded bags or hard cover cases when moving between classrooms and to and from school to prevent damage to the device. Registration can be refused if the device is presented without the appropriate bag or cover.
  • Use their devices only for study purposes and in supervised areas such as the Library and Study Areas during these times: before school, during recess, at lunch and after school.
  • In a duty of care capacity, College Staff have the right to inspect the student’s device and its contents.
  • Back up all contents of the device regularly at home with another storage medium. The college will take no responsibility for any data stored on the device or loss of data.
  • An option for storage and back up is the student One Drive account (Cloud Storage) provided by Microsoft through our Office Suite Agreement. Students are provided with 1 TB of storage while at the college. Students are encouraged to use this storage facility for ease of access to data files.


Students are NOT permitted to:

  1. play games, access social media or take part in any other activities that are not related to their learning.
  2. use their devices to cause distraction for others, especially in regards to sound. Therefore, audio must be muted at all times or restricted with student owned headphones or earphones when directed by the teacher.
  3. film or record any student or staff member using the camera or microphone in the devices without the express written permission of the College AND the individual concerned.
  4. take photos of themselves or others and upload them on ANY social media websites
  5. use the devices in the school grounds to take videos/ photos during these times: before school, during recess, at lunch and after school.
  6. avoid the limitations set by the college network, particularly Internet restrictions through mobile network devices 4G or beyond connections, or phone hotspots while on College premises.
  7. share passwords or any other access codes with any other person, or use another user’s account to access the computer network.
  8. use the devices for SAC/SAT school based examinations, unless notified otherwise

General Statements

BYOD Devices will not have access to the college drive mappings. Students will not be able to use their network H: drives as a back-up method.

Emmaus College network reserves the right to log, monitor and review any internet & email use on the Emmaus wireless network. This logging, monitoring and reviewing may be conducted without cause and without notice and will include monitoring of the student’s BYOD device.

ITS Department can be contacted on:

Email: helpdesk@emmaus.vic.edu.au
Ph: +61 3 9845 3222
In person: Monday to-Friday 8AM-4PM. 1st Floor, Fabris Centre, Vermont South Campus

Other ICT Policies

The BYODD policy establishes principles and requirements that govern the use of digital devices which are not owned by Emmaus College. The Policy supports Emmaus College minimum network connectivity requirements. This policy is linked to and must be read in conjunction with the Emmaus College ICT Acceptable Usage Policy

Misuse CONSEQUENCES (To be read in conjunction with the above two policies)

Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in disciplinary action such as, but not limited to:

  • Loss of access to the network
  • Temporary confiscation of the device
  • A after school detention or
  • Suspension from school