The ISA server (Internet Security and Acceleration Server) is a Microsoft Proxy Server. It serves as a firewall, proxy and cache server. Basically ALL traffic coming IN and going OUT of your school network will be managed, routed, logged and potentially blocked by the ISA server... depending on the moxy of the installation and administration personnel of course.
Just FYI ISA server is first and foremost a level of protection against malicious usage and outside attack, and a routing and remote access tool. It's secondary mission is network performance and quality of service. Only as a tertiary benefit is ISA used for 'spying' as you'd have it. So, simply because they are installing one does not mean that is the primary reason. ISA is being now in the process renamed to Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway or TMG.
As far as privacy and internet usage at your institution, sou should ask to review any policy agreement that the network has in place. Simply by signing (most often) on you are mostly likely 'agreeing' to a user policy that you may not even be aware of. here is some legal:
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Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) it provides for implied authorization to review employee emails, and that a company should state their policy of monitoring e-mails in the company handbook. However, pursuant to Title III of the ECPA, it unlawful for anyone to intentionally intercept any email communication while it is en route. ECPA 18 USC 2701.
Employee/Company can be well substituted for student/university although there may be some alternative guidelines regulating schools. Basically... the law says that your personal communications are protected in transmission... except, however... if it is explicitly stated in a policy.
In short - ask to see the school's computer & internet usage policy statement. If they don't have one, then they are bound by the law and your e-mails should be safe from prying eyes. If they do have one, then I suggest not communicating things of a private nature whilst on the school network. (Even securely)