Today, the Class of 2006 graduated from San Francisco University High School. On Monday, I will continue our four-year tradition of disabling the students’ network accounts two days after graduation. This is one of the more unpopular policies I have. Many students would like me to keep the accounts active through the summer, until they have established their college accounts.
Fellow tech directors, what policies do you follow for graduating seniors?
Arguments for closing accounts right away
You don’t attend the school anymore.
You’ve graduated. It’s time to let go and move on.
Acceptable use agreements no longer govern account use.
We need the summer to remove old accounts, reclaim disk space, and establish new accounts.
Email services cannot exist independently of other network services.
Some colleges have already made network accounts available to new students.
Most of you already have personal email accounts.
Take this opportunity to update your UHS Alumni profile with a permanent email address!
Arguments for keeping network accounts active through August
Not all colleges make network accounts available right away.
You deserve the opportunity to reach each other easily before you go to college.
Departing seniors can be trusted to use accounts appropriately for the duration of the summer.
It doesn’t take that much work to perform the necessary account management.
You might use your network accounts to participate in forum discussions.
It’s just plain mean to suspend the accounts right away.