Cell Phones and Other Technology

Scholars are permitted to use cell phones, in their residence hall rooms and on their residence hall floors to call family and friends. They are not permitted to use cell phones in Academy classes, at Academy events, or anywhere off of their floors (including main lounges and lobbies). Laptop and desktop computers, tablets/iPads, PDAs (Palm Pilot, Blackberry, etc), DVD players, televisions, large stereos, and walkie-talkies are prohibited. Scholars may bring e-readers (Kindle, Nook) without wi-fi functionality and capability.

Any cell phone seen or heard outside of the residence hall, off of the scholar’s assigned floor or reported to the Academy staff will be confiscated in accordance with the following three-strike policy:

  • Strike One: The phone will be labeled and secured by the scholar’s resident assistant (RA) for the remainder of the day. At that evening’s house meeting, the RA will return the phone to the scholar with a warning.
  • Strike Two: The phone will be labeled and given to the Coordinator of Residential Life (CRL). The CRL will meet with the scholar that same day before returning the phone at the end of the day.
  • Strike Three: The phone will be labeled and secured by Coordinator of Residence Life for the remainder of the Academy. The scholar may check out her/his phone via RAs or CRL during all free times throughout the day to use on her/his floor.

Any prohibited technological devices found during the Academy will be secured immediately by the CRL and returned to the scholar on Family Day, to be taken from the premises, or at the end of the Academy.