Responsible Use Policy
This document establishes specific requirements for all information technology resources provided by the Institution. Using these technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The network allows the user access to valuable resources, and it is expected that the user will behave in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner while respecting the rights of other users.
- Use of the network is intended only for the purpose of embodying students with knowledge and understanding through instruction, research, and public service.
- The Institution will not be responsible for any damages the student may experience such as: delays and interruptions, non-delivery of files, documents, or loss of data that is caused by the student’s errors or omissions or otherwise.
- The Institution has a filtering program available through the network. Though the Institution will make efforts to block inappropriate material, students may be exposed to inaccurate or offensive material. Even the best filter systems cannot totally block out inappropriate material.
- The student knows that the network belongs to the Institution and that the Institution has the right to examine all information moving across or stored on the network.
This document is intended for students in grades six through nine. Regardless of the ownership of the device connected to the network, the user is responsible for their actions. All users have the privilege to access the network, and with that privilege comes the responsibility to ensure that all uses of the network are appropriate.
Acceptable Use of Technology
- Any activities assigned by the school or teacher in the classroom
- Research activities for classroom assignments assigned by the school or teacher
- Using blogs, email, message boards, etc. to exchange project-related ideas, opinions, and questions
- Accessing information via the internet for educational purposes such as: collaboration with peers, information and news, and correspondence with experts
Unacceptable Use of Technology
- Retrieving, sending, or storing of any material in violation of any U.S. regulations
- Any noncompliance with Fair Use Laws and other copyright regulations
- Participating in non-educational chat rooms, message boards, talk sessions, or recreational games
- Engaging in political lobbying, unauthorized commercial activity, or product advertisement
- Using technology to distort the truth, to lie, or to misrepresent someone else
- Vandalism; being defined as any attempt to harm, destroy, or disrupt the operation of the network, hardware, software, or the data of any other user on the system
Code of Conduct: Netiquette
- Be polite and respectful. Harassment, bullying, or attacking others will not be permitted.
- Send or display appropriate messages or pictures and language.
- Do not reveal ANY personal information about yourself or another person such as an address, phone number, last name, etc. Maintain personal safety and privacy while accessing the internet.
- Follow copyright laws.
- Respect computers, computer systems, and the computer network by not wasting bandwidth with gaming or excessive downloading.
- While on any Institution-owned device, there should be no eating or drinking near the device.
- Do not share your login or password and make every effort to protect your login and password.
- Work only in your own files and folders or files and folders you are permitted to share.
- The network may not be used for commercial purposes.
- Be aware of network security, and immediately report any bugs, errors, or security problems.
All users of the network must read, understand, and agree to comply with this policy prior to being granted access. Any user violating, or demonstrating the intent to violate, the guidelines set forth in this policy may face disciplinary action. Depending on the nature and severity of the policy violation or number of past violations, the Institution may take one or more of the following disciplinary actions:
- Replacement cost
- Reimbursement of cost for repair
- Reimbursement of technician time
- Referral to principal for appropriate disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion
- Loss of internet privilege for a specified amount of time
- Possible legal action if deemed appropriate
- Law enforcement notification
- Responsibility for unauthorized charges, expenses, and fees
- Mandatory training before further use is allowed
Social Media Acceptable Use Guidelines
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
Last Reviewed: December 2015
Next Scheduled Review: December 2016