ACCEPTABLE USE INTERNET/NETWORK/TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS
All users of the District Internet/Network/Technology System (hereafter referred to as the “System”) must comply with the District’s acceptable use guidelines, as amended from time to time.
The “System” shall include all computer hardware and software owned or operated by the District, the District electronic mail, the District web site, and the District on-line services and bulletin board systems. “Use” of the System shall include use of or obtaining access to the System from any computer terminal whether owned or operated by the District.
Students have no expectations of privacy in their use of the System. The District has the right to access, review, copy, delete, or disclose, as allowed by law, any message sent, received, or stored on the District’s electronic mail system. The District has the right to and does monitor (including real-time monitoring) use of the System by students, including students’ access of the Internet, as part of System maintenance, and to determine whether the use is consistent with federal and state laws and District policies and guidelines.
These guidelines do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these guidelines may result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
Access to the System is provided as a privilege by the District and may be revoked at any time. Inappropriate use may result in discipline, including loss of System use privileges.
The System, including all information and documentation contained therein is the property of the District except as otherwise provided by law.
The uses of the System listed below are prohibited and may result in discipline or other consequences as provided in other sections of these guidelines and the District’s Student Discipline Policy and rules. The System shall not be used to:
1. Engage in activities which are not related to District educational purposes or which are contrary to the instructions from supervising District employees as to the System’s use;
2. Access proxy servers designed to bypass the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) filter;
3. Access, retrieve, or view obscene, profane or indecent materials. “Indecent materials” are those materials which, in context, depict or describe sexual activities or organs in terms patently offensive, as measured by contemporary community standards. “Obscene materials” are those materials which, taken as a whole, appeal to the prurient interest in sex, which portray sexual conduct in a patently offensive way in which, taken as a whole, do not have any serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;
4. Access, retrieve, view or disseminate any material in violation of any federal or state laws or regulations, or District policy or rules. This includes, but is not limited to, improper use of copyrighted material, improper use of the System to commit fraud or with the intent to commit fraud, improper use of passwords or access codes, or disclosing the full name, home address, or phone number of any student, District employee, or System user;
5. Transfer any software to or from the System without authorization from the System Administrator;
6. Engage in for-profit or non-school sponsored commercial activities, including advertising or sales;
7. Harass, threaten, intimidate, or demean an individual or group of individuals because of sex, color, race, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation;
8. Disrupt the educational process, including use that is reasonably foreseeable to result in a disruption, or interfere with the rights of others at any time, either during school days or after school hours;
9. Disrupt or interfere with the System;
10. Gain unauthorized access to or vandalize the data files of another user;
11. Gain unauthorized access to or vandalize the System or the technology system of any other individual or organization;
12. Forge or improperly alter electronic mail messages, use an account owned by another user, or disclose the user’s individual password or that of another user;
13. Invade the privacy of any individual, including violating federal or state laws regarding limitations on the disclosure of student records;
14. Download, copy, print or otherwise store or possess any data which violates federal or state copyright laws or these guidelines;
15. Send nuisance electronic mail or other online messages such as chain letters, pyramid schemes, or obscene, harassing or other unwelcome messages;
16. Send mass electronic mail to multiple users without prior authorization by the appropriate District Administrator;
17. Conceal or misrepresent the user’s identity while using the System;
18. Post material on the District’s web site without the authorization of the appropriate District Administrator;
19. Wastefully use resources such as file space or paper;
20. Post or submit material authorized or created by another user; and,
21. Use the System while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
Discipline for off-site use of electronics technology which disrupts or can reasonably be expected to disrupt the school environment
The District may discipline a student whose personal web site or other off-site activity involving electronic technology causes, or can reasonably be expected to cause, a substantial disruption of the school environment, without regard to whether that activity or disruption involved use of the District’s System.
Unless otherwise allowed by law, District web sites shall not display information about or photographs or works of students without written parental permission.
Any web site created by a student using the System must be part of a District-sponsored activity, or otherwise be authorized by the appropriate District Administrator. All content, including links, of any web site created by a student using the System must receive prior approval by the classroom teacher or an appropriate District Administrator. All contents of a web site created by a student using the System must conform with these acceptable use guidelines.
The District makes no warranties of any kind whether express or implied for the System. The District is not responsible for any damages incurred, including the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions. Use of any information obtained via the System is at the user’s own risk. The District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the System. The District is not responsible for any user’s intentional or unintentional access of material on the Internet which may be obscene, indecent, or of an inappropriate nature.
SECURITY AND USER REPORTING DUTIES
Security in the System is a high priority and must be a priority for all users. Students are prohibited from sharing their log-in ID’s or passwords with any other individual. Any attempt to log-in as another user will result in discipline.
A user who becomes aware of any security risk or misuse of the System must immediately notify a teacher, administrator or other staff member.
Vandalism or attempted vandalism to the System is prohibited and will result in discipline as set forth in other sections of these guidelines, and in potential legal action. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to, downloading, uploading, or creating computer viruses.
CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS
A student who engages in any of the prohibited acts listed above shall be subject to discipline, which may include: (1) Suspension or revocation of System privileges, (2) Other discipline including suspension or expulsion from school, and (3) Referral to law enforcement authorities or other legal action in appropriate cases.
Misuse of the System by a student may be considered gross misconduct as that term is defined by the District Student Discipline Policy and rules, and a student may be subject to discipline pursuant to the Student Discipline Policy and rules. A student who believes that his/her System use privileges have been wrongfully limited may request a meeting with the building Principal to review the limitation. The decision of the building Principal shall be final.
Authorization for Internet/NETWORK/TECHNOLOGY Access FOR STUDENTS
This form must be read and signed by each student (and if under age 18 his/her parent/guardian) as a condition of using the District’s System.
By signing this Authorization, I acknowledge that I have received a copy of the ACCEPTABLE USE INTERNET/NETWORK/TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS as revised in May of 2006, and I have read, understand, and agree to follow the guidelines.
I acknowledge that access to the District’s System is provided as a privilege by the District and that inappropriate use may result in discipline, as may off-site use of electronic technology which disrupts or can reasonably be expected to disrupt the school environment.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVANCY IN MY USE OF THE DISTRICT’S SYSTEM, AND THAT THE DISTRICT HAS THE RIGHT TO AND DOES MONITOR (SOMETIMES IN REAL-TIME) USE OF THE SYSTEM.
Student’s Name (Please Print)
Parent/Guardian’s Name (Please Print)