Westminster Online Student Technology Policy
A high-quality learning experience for students and faculty depends significantly on the quality of the technology you use for courses. Online faculty and students are required to maintain reliable computing devices (preferably purchased within the last few years) with quality video and audio capability, as well as a stable, high-speed internet connection (minimum 5–10 Mbps download, higher preferred. Check fast.com for your current speed).
Students are ultimately responsible for the ongoing maintenance and full-functioning of their devices and a stable, high-performing internet connection to remain in their classes and program.
The purpose for providing email service is for academic and administrative activities that support the educational mission of the student and the seminary. The seminary offers Westminster Theological Seminary email accounts (@student.wts.edu) to students.
All users are expected to use email in a manner consistent with biblical standards and honoring to Christ. Chain letters or messages for personal financial gain, promotion, advertising, or commercial activity are prohibited. Messages that contain profane, sexually explicit, or degrading language are prohibited and may be grounds for disciplinary action.
All Other Communication Tools and Services
These same standards are expected to be upheld in all other forms (beyond email) of communication and engagement within Westminster online student services and tools. Further, the student is subject to standards of the Westminster Online Community Values in all communication and engagement across all platforms.
While much of the program can be experienced from mobile devices, please note that if your device is connected to a mobile cellular connection, you are responsible for any charges to use that data service.
In particular, if you are using your mobile data connection to watch course videos, please note these can be very large files and you will be responsible for that activity if your plan has data limits or costs associated with it. Also, while our newly designed classes have been optimized for streaming on mobile connections, any older lectures over 2 hours in length may not stream well on an average, LTE mobile connection.
If you are looking to download lectures from the theology courses to your device, you can now do so by using the Panopto app.
Any online students who visit campus are further subject to the “IT Policy” of the residential campus as set by the IT department of Westminster Theological Seminary. That policy is available from the residential IT department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Violations of this policy may result in suspension of privileges or academic status. If you have questions or require clarification about any of the provisions of this policy, please contact the Westminster Online Learning Team at email@example.com.