Comparison of Acceptable Use Policies

Parts of  Acceptable Use Policy[1]

Capistrano Unified School District

Fullerton School District

Santa Ana Unified School District

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

preamble

Purpose:

  1. The principal or designee shall oversee the maintenance of each school's technological resources and may establish guidelines and limits on their use.  It  is  the  student 's personal responsibility to educate one's self on the proper and appropriate use of technology  in addition to understanding  the guidelines within.

Students are authorized to use the District’s online services when they and their parent/guardian acknowledge that they have read and understand the following Acceptable Use Policy:

Introduction

Technology resources provide important tools for students to use to further the District’s educational mission. This policy outlines the expectations for you to use technology resources responsibly.

Purpose

It is the policy of Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all online network activities by staff and students. This document serves as the guidelines and expectations of all employees, students, and other individuals working within SVUSD with regards to acceptable use of network and online resources.

definition section

2.1 GUIDELINES

The District Internet system has been established for limited educational purposes. This means that students may use the system for classroom activities, professional or career development,  and high-quality,  educationally  enriching research.

The student in whose name an online services account is issued is responsible for its proper use at all times. Users shall keep personal account numbers, home addresses and telephone numbers private. They shall use the system only under their own account number.

Educational Purpose

The District’s technology resources and Internet system have been established as a means to support the instructional program of the school. This means that you will use the system for classroom learning activities, online assessments, college and career planning, and other school-related work.

Responsibilities

User Responsibilities

Use of electronic media provided by SVUSD is a privilege that offers a wealth of information and resources for research. In order to maintain the privilege, users agree to learn and comply with all of the provisions of this policy.

Users may not use the district Internet system for commercial purposes.

policy statement

Use of the District' s computing resources is a privilege, not a right.  The  District  may place reasonable restrictions on the material  students  can  access  or  post  through  the  system, and may revoke access  to  these  resources  if  there  is  a  violation  of  the  law  or  this regulation. Violations of the  law  or  this  regulation  may  also  be  addressed  t hrough  the  District's  Student  Conduct  and  Ant i-bullying  Policy.

Students may not use the District Internet system for commercial  purposes.  This means the student may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the District Internet system.

2.2 Educational  Purpose

Students shall use the District’s system responsibly and primarily for educational  purposes.

Expectations

While using District and personal technology resources on or near school property, in school vehicles and buses, and at school-sponsored activities, each student must act in an appropriate manner consistent with school, district, and legal guidelines. It is the joint responsibility of school personnel and the parent or guardian of each student to educate the student about his/her responsibilities and to establish expectations when using technology. The District may place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system, and may revoke access to these resources if you violate the law or this policy. Violations of the law or this policy also may be addressed through the District’s student conduct policy.

acceptable uses section

2.3 Access to Online Materials

The material students  may access  through  the District's  Internet  system  should  be for  cl ass assignments or educational research related  to a subject  or course of  study.  Use  for entertainment purposes, such as personal blogging, instant messaging, on-line shopping, or gaming is not allowed, with the exception of private, District approved bulletin boards, biogs, or chat groups that are created  by  teachers  for  specific instructional purposes.

2.4 Safety Requirements

To protect one's personal contact information, students shall not share online their full name or information that would allow an  ind ividual  to  locate  a  student,  including  famil y name, home address or location, work address or location, or phone number. Students will not disclose names, personal contact information, or any other private or personal information about other students.  If personal  information  is  shared,  students will promptly disclose this to their teacher or other school administrator.  Any message  one recei ves that is inappropriate or makes them  feel uncomfortable  should be reported  as well. Students should not delete such messages until instructed  to do so by  a school staff member.

The use of the District’s system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use shall result in a cancellation  of  those privileges.

Technology Use

I agree to abide by the generally-accepted rules for technology use. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. I accept personal responsibility for my use of the Internet and the District network. I understand that all rules of conduct described in the Student Rights and Responsibilities book apply.
  2. I will keep personal account numbers, home addresses and telephone numbers private and will not disclose personal identification information about myself or others when using electronic communication.

Guidelines

Access to Online Materials

The material users may access through the district’s systems should be for educational use only. Use of district systems for entertainment

unacceptable uses section

2.3 (cont)

  • Students will not use the District Internet system to access, publish, send, or receive any material in violation of applicable law. This includes, but is not  limited  to: material that is obscene; child pornography; material that depicts, or describes in an offensive way, violence, nudity, sex, death, or bodily functions; material  that  has  been designated for adults only; material that promotes  or  advocates  illegal  activities; material that promotes the use of alcohol or tobacco or weapons; material that  advocates participation  in hate groups or other potentially  dangerous  groups;

2.5 Unlawful,  Unauthorized,  and Inappropriate  Uses and  Activities

2.6 Inappropriate  Language

2.7 Plagiarism  and  Copyright Infringement

2.8 System  Security  and Resource Limits

2.9 No Reasonable  Expectation  of Privacy

2.10 Vandalism

2.13 Mobile Devices

2.14

Students shall not access, post, submit, publish or display harmful matter or material that is threatening, obscene, disruptive  or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or political beliefs. Such conduct is subject to discipline up to and including expulsion. Harmful matter includes matter, taken as a whole, which to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest and is matter which depicts or describes  in a  patently  offensive  way  sexual conduct and which lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. (Penal Code 313)

Students shall not disclose, use or disseminate personal identification information about themselves or others when using electronic mail, chat rooms, or other forms of direct electronic communication. Students are also cautioned not to disclose  such information by other means to individuals located through the Internet without the permission of their parents/guardians.

Personal information includes the student’s name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, or other individually identifiable information.

Users shall not use the system to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, nor shall they engage in unethical practices or any activity prohibited by law or Board policy.

Copyrighted material may not be placed on the system without the author’s permission. Users may download copyrighted material for their own use only under “fair use” provisions of copyright law.

Students shall not intentionally upload, download or create computer viruses and/or maliciously attempt to harm or destroy District equipment or materials or manipulate the data of any other user, including so-called “hacking.”

Users shall not read other users’ electronic mail or files. They shall not attempt to interfere with other users’ ability to send or receive electronic mail, nor shall they attempt to delete, copy, modify or forge other users’ mail.

Users shall report any security problems or misuses of the services to the teacher or principal.

  1. Illegal activities of any kind are strictly forbidden. Illegal activities are those acts that constitute a violation of Education Code, local, state, and/or federal laws. Federal copyright laws will be observed in the use and distribution of information retrieved from or sent over the Internet.
  2. Unauthorized access to other user's work and/or resources is prohibited. This includes the use of another's password to gain unauthorized access. Access is to be limited to those resources needed to complete educational goals.
  3. I will not use the network for personal and/or commercial financial gain. Product advertisement and/or political lobbying is prohibited.
  4. I will not access, use, post, publish, display or transmit language and/or material that is harmful or inappropriate, threatening, obscene, disruptive, sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their actual or perceived ethnic group identification, color, race/ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion.

  1. I will not engage in “cyberbullying” activities against other students or District staff. Cyberbullying includes the transmission of communication, posting of harassing messages, direct threats, social cruelty, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation or friendships. I understand that any student who engages in cyberbullying on school premises, or off-campus in a manner that impacts a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with District policies and regulations.
  2. I will not post or share photographs of other students without the other student’s permission. I know that video recordings or photos can be made only with express permission of students and require advance permission of the teacher.
  3. I will not use technology resources to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, promotion of unethical practices, and/or any restricted activity as defined by law or District policy is prohibited.
  4. I understand that copyrighted material is for personal use only and may not be placed on the system for distribution without the author's permission.
  5. I understand that when using work of another, credit must be given to the person who created that work. Plagiarism is prohibited.
  6. I understand that the damaging of computers, other users' work, and/or networks or changing settings is prohibited. Any software having the purpose of damaging any computer and/or network system or masking the identity of any user on the system is prohibited. Parents or guardians may be held financially responsible for any harm that may result from the student’s intentional misuse of District technology resources.
  7. I understand that computer equipment (hardware and/or software) may not be repaired or removed from a school site or District property without written permission.
  8. I know that the use of personal mobile devices is subject to all applicable District and school policies and is limited to instructional purposes, and that the District accepts no financial responsibility for damage, theft, or loss of personal technology.
  9. I understand that Internet access from personal technology is only available through the District’s wireless network.
  10. I know that the use of social media websites is limited to instructional purposes and is subject to all applicable District and school policies.

Privacy

You may be alone on the computer, but what you communicate and do can be viewed by others on the network. (Never use inappropriate language.) The network and/or other computerized information resources on the District network may be monitored at any time by District personnel for possible abuse of this agreement. Students are not to reveal home addresses, telephone numbers, or any other personal information about themselves, other students, or District employees. Students may with parental and staff approval apply for scholarships or any other sanctioned activity that requires personal data. Parents/guardians have the right to request to see their student’s computer files at any time.

Safety

To protect Use of district systems for entertainment purposes and/or non-academic social media use is strictly prohibited.

Users will not use the district systems to access, publish, send, or receive any material in violation of applicable law. This includes, but is not limited to: material that is obscene; child pornography; material that depicts or describes in an offensive way, violence, nudity, sex, death, or bodily functions; material that promotes or advocates illegal activities, material that promotes the use of alcohol, tobacco, or weapons; material that advocates participation in hate groups or other potentially dangerous groups; materials that promote illegal behavior; material protected as a trade secret or material that can be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity gender, sexual orientation, age disability, religion, or political beliefs.

Students who mistakenly access inappropriate information must immediately report such access to a teacher or school administrator.

Students may not download apps or software on district-purchased devices or alter system configurations unless they have received approval from a teacher or administrator.

users’ personal contact information, users shall not share online students full name or information that would allow an individual to locate a student including: family name, home address or location, work address or location, or phone number.

Any message a user receives that is inappropriate or makes him/her feel uncomfortable should be reported as well. Students should not delete such messages until instructed to do so by a school staff member.

Unlawful, Unauthorized, and Inappropriate Uses, Activity, and Language

Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district Internet system or any other computer system through the district internal or external systems. This includes logging in to someone else’s account and/or accessing someone else’s files.

Users shall not use the district systems to engage in any other unlawful act, including arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, or threatening the safety of any person.

Users shall avoid inappropriate language in their electronic communications including collaborative communications within software such as commenting in Google Docs.

Users shall not post information that could cause damage or danger of disruption to offices, schools, organizations, or persons.

Users shall not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks. This includes knowingly or recklessly posting false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

Users will not harass or bully another person. Cyberbullying is prohibited by state law and district policy.

Plagiarism, Copyright, and User Agreement Infringement

Users will not plagiarize works from any source.

Users will not inappropriately share or reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright including songs, digital images, movies, or other artistic works.

Users must honor their user agreements with personal accounts such as Netflix, and other streaming/software accounts where the terms of use prohibit using the account for anything other than “personal and noncommercial use.” SVUSD does not guarantee access to these services.

When introducing a new software or app to more than one district device, the user, department or site must purchase enough licenses for each device the user adds it to. Legal action may be taken in such cases that an app or software has not been purchased for each device in cases where the license agreement requires it.

Personal Devices

Permission to have a device at school is contingent upon an understanding and agreement of this AUP policy. In student cases, parents must have this understanding and agreement.

All costs for data plans and fees associated with devices are the responsibility of the owner.

Mobile devices with Internet access capabilities are required to use district provided Internet through the district’s filtered network while on school property.

Student use of personal devices during class time must be authorized by the teacher.

Users may not photograph, videotape, or record any individuals without the written permission of the teacher or administrator and the students being photographed. Recordings made in a classroom require the advance written permission of the teacher or administrator.

Users may not take, possess, or share obscene photographs or videos.

Users may not photograph, videotape, or otherwise record instructional materials and assessments.

System and Account Security

Users shall not share passwords or account information and must take reasonable precautions to prevent others from using your accounts. This includes NT Username/Passwords and district wifi passwords.

Privacy

Users should not expect privacy in the contents of their personal files and in their overall district Internet use on the district systems. All internet usage is monitored. Violations will be reported to site and/or district personnel who will conduct further investigations as warranted.

Parents have the right to request to see the contents of their student’s files and/or Internet history at any time.

Vandalism

Vandalism, in addition to physical damage, is also defined as any malicious attempt to access, harm, alter, or destroy data, data of another user, or any other agencies or networks that are connected to the system. This includes but is not limited to creating/uploading viruses or hacking.

violations/sanctions section

2.11 Violations  of this Regulation

2.12 Responsibility  for Loss or  Damages

3.0 ACTION

Student signature:

I  have read and understand the provisions and conditions of this policy. I understand that any violations of the above provisions may result in disciplinary action, the revoking of my technology access privileges, and

appropriate legal action.

Parent’s Signature:

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read and understand the provisions of this policy. I understand that it is impossible for the Fullerton School District to restrict access to all controversial or inappropriate materials, and I will not hold the District responsible for materials acquired on the network. I hereby give my permission  for my child to access  electronic information  utilizing the Fullerton School

Services

The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages, including loss of data as a result of delays, missed deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the information system is at your own risk. The District specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through its services.

SAUSD Parent Signature – Student Technology Use Policy

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read and understand the Student Technology Use Policy and related Board Policy/Administrative Regulation 6163.4 related to my child’s use of technology/Internet access. I understand that use of technology and the Internet is designed for educational purposes, and is an important resource for instruction and required online assessments.

I understand that it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial materials. I hold the District, its Board members, officers, employees and agents harmless from any damages, awards, or claims of liability resulting from my student's access to the Internet, the failure of any technology protection measures, violations of copyright restrictions, user mistakes or negligence, or any costs incurred by my child.

My child is expected to use good judgment and follow the rules of use. Should there be breach of the rules, my child may lose access to the District network and/or may be subjected to discipline, including suspension and expulsion. I understand I may be held liable for any damages caused by my student’s intentional misuse of District technology/Internet access.

Parent/Guardian Name: _        Signature _        

Student Name: _        Date:  _        

Student Signature – Student Technology Use Policy

I understand that the consequences of violations of the Policy include, but are not limited to: suspension and/or revocation of Internet access, school suspension and/or expulsion, or possible legal action. I have read and agree to abide by these rules and regulations for acceptable use of technology and Internet resources.

Violations of this Agreement

In the event there is a claim that a user has violated the law or this policy, the user’s access to the district’s computer resources may be terminated and/or offending users may be disciplined under SVUSD’s discipline guidelines.

SVUSD will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any unlawful activities conducted through the district systems.

Responsibility for Loss or Damages

Users can be financially responsible for any harm that might result from the user’s intentional misuse of the system. In the case of student misuse, parents will be held responsible.

The district assumes no responsibility for the loss, destruction, or theft of any personal devices including but not limited to cell phones, computers, and/or personal electronic devices. School officials and district office staff are not required to investigate lost or stolen personal electronic equipment.

The district is not responsible for online material accessed off campus on a non- district network.

If a district-purchased device is checked out to a student with written parent permission for use off-campus, parents can be held financially responsible for loss or damage to the device.

Devices should not be left unattended.

Actions

The principal or administrator may cancel a user’s privileges whenever the user is found to have violated this policy.

Inappropriate use may include discipline under SVUSD’s discipline’s guidelines, suspension or expulsion, in accordance with law, school, and Board policy.

Works Cited

"1-to-1 Essentials - Acceptable Use Policies | Common Sense Media." 1-to-1 Essentials - Acceptable Use Policies | Common Sense Media. Common Sense Education. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.

 "Getting Started on the Internet: Acceptable Use Policies." Education World:. Web. 21 Feb. 2016.


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