Internet Acceptable Use Policy
All use of the Internet shall be consistent with the System’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. This Authorization does not attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow the terms and intent of this Acceptable Use Policy will result in the loss of Internet privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action. This may include classroom suspension or complete removal from enrollment at the Center.
Terms and Conditions
1. Acceptable Use – Access to the System’s Internet must be for the purpose of education or research, and be consistent with the educational objectives of the district.
2. Privileges – The use of the System’s Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated this Authorization and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time; his or her decision is final.
3. Unacceptable Use – You are responsible for your actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable use are:
- Accessing websites unrelated to program curriculum during class time, such as video games, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
- Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or State regulation;
- attempting to or actually circumventing CIPA compliant filtering software;
- Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted;
- Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use;
- Using the network for private financial or commercial gain or advertising;
- Wastefully using resources, such as file space;
- Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
- Invading the privacy of individuals;
- Using another user’s account or password;
- Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent;
- Posting anonymous messages;
- Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material; and
- Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
4. Network Etiquette – You are expected to abide by generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Be polite. Do not become abusive in your messages to others.
- Use appropriate language. Do not swear, or use vulgar or any other inappropriate language.
- Do not reveal the personal addresses or telephone numbers of students or colleagues.
- Recognize that electronic mail (E-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.
- Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
- Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.
5. No Warranties – The System makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The System will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. The System specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
6. Indemnification – The user agrees to indemnify the System for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the System relating to, or arising out of, any breach of this Authorization.
7. Security – Network security is a high priority. If you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify the system administrator or Director. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log-on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access to the network.
8. Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet or any other network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.