The purpose of this policy is to define guidelines for student, staff, and visitors for the use of Liceo de Zamboanga networked computer equipment, including those that provide access to the Internet.
Student Internet Access
The use of computer technology may be revoked or be the subject of student discipline, or employee reprimand/termination, if abused. Users will follow a sequential, structured approach to gaining skills, which will allow them to become independent, responsible users of the Internet. This approach addresses Internet use from an age and topic appropriate standpoint.
a) In elementary schools (K through 2), teachers will actively supervise student's use of the computer, peripherals and/or Internet access. Students will access Internet resources, which the teacher has previously explored and selected. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that students are directed to sites with only age-and topic-appropriate material and resources.
b) In upper elementary school (3 through 5), teachers will supervise and model appropriate use of computers, peripherals, and the Internet. Students will continue to have Internet access under direct teacher supervision; however, students will also experience guided practice leading towards gaining skills to become an independent, responsible user of the Internet. Teachers will model skills needed to search for information within an area of study, to filter information for credibility and worth, and to recognize areas of inappropriate information sources or access. Teachers will explore an Internet site before directing students to that site. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that students are directed only to sites with age-and topic-appropriate material and resources.
c) In middle school and high school (6 through 12), teachers will provide guided practice and model appropriate use of computers, peripherals, other electronic technology, and the Internet. Teachers will supervise student initiated information search activities and provide support for students as they begin to assume responsibility for becoming independent users of the Internet. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that students explore only sites with age-and topic-appropriate material and resources.
Students, faculty, and staff to the Liceo de Zamboanga will be issued individual electronic mail accounts. Select visitors will be issued electronic e-mail accounts. Students and visitors who have electronic mail accounts from sources outside the school division may be granted permission to use school resources to access those accounts. At the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, some e-mail providers may be blocked. (Example: AOL, Yahoo)
Right to Privacy
The designated school officials or his/her designee has the right to access information stored in any user directory, on the computer hard drive, school-issued disks/flash memory, or in electronic mail. Users are advised not to place confidential documents in their user directory or attempt to access folders that are not their own. Network management and monitoring software packages will be used for random access to individual accounts to review educational progress and for security purposes. Each computer keeps a history of Internet sites visited if that information is required.
The following actions, which are not exhaustive, constitute acceptable use of the Internet, whether that use is initiated from a school or any other site:
a) All Internet or computer equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes, goals, and policies of the School Liceo de Zamboanga.
b) Use of computers, software, peripherals, and other information resources to support learning and to complete school assignments.
c) Sending and receiving electronic files using e-mail for academic purposes.
The following actions (which are not exhaustive) constitute unacceptable use of the LCS, whether that use is initiated from a school or any other site:
a) Using impolite, abusive, or otherwise objectionable language in either public or private messages.
b) Placing unlawful information on the LCS.
c) Using the LCS illegally in ways that violate national, provincial, or local laws or statutes.
d) Using the LCS at school for non-school related activities.
e) Sending messages that are likely to result in the loss of the recipient's work or systems.
f) Using the LCS for commercial purposes.
g) System users may not use the network for entering contests, advertising, political lobbying, or personal commercial activities including online purchasing.
h) Posting, sending or downloading copyrighted material without written permission from the owner.
i ) Accessing files or changing computer files that do not belong to the user.
j) Using another person's password or knowingly giving one's password to others.
k) Using LCS access for sending or retrieving inappropriate, obscene, pornographic material.
l) Posting inappropriate text files, storing personal images/photographs, or files dangerous to the integrity of any network.
m) Circumventing security measures on school or remote computers or networks (hacking).
n) Attempting to gain access to another's resources, programs, or data without written permission of the owner.
o) Vandalizing, which is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user on the LCS, and includes the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
p) Falsifying one's identity to others while using the LCS.
q) Using chat rooms and instant messenger is strictly forbidden when used for non-academic purposes.
r) Using the Liceo de Zamboanga system for commercial purposes, defined as offering or providing goods or services or purchasing goods or services for personal use.
s) Accessing personal e-mail, bank accounts, or other personal accounts through the LCS.
t) Unauthorized exploration of the Network Operating System or changes to any Liceo de Zamboanga-installed software is strictly prohibited.
u) Disclosing personal information, such as address, phone number, age, on the LCS.
v) System users will not be able to download, upload, or run any software, games, or shareware that are not installed and licensed by the Liceo de Zamboanga (refer to the Technology Plan online for a list of Liceo de Zamboanga-installed, licensed software).
w) Tampering with or copying school-licensed installed software or loading personal software onto school-owned computers.
x) Visiting and posting to social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace and Twitter is strictly prohibited.
y) Printing non-school related materials on Liceo de Zamboanga printers.
z) Disclosing, using, or disseminating personal identification information regarding minors without authorization.
aa ) Communicating any credit card number, bank account number, or any other financial information via the LCS.
a) System logins or accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purpose. Users may not share their account number or password with another person or leave an open file or session unattended or unsupervised. Account owners are ultimately responsible for all activity under their account
b) Users should change passwords regularly and avoid easily guessed passwords.
c) Users shall not seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users; misrepresent other users on the system; or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any entity on the K through 12 Network.
d) Only a authorized Liceo de Zamboanga computer administrative personnel may install software.
e) When considering a new program for use in the Liceo de Zamboanga, users will submit a software request form (found in the RP Common folder) to the technology coordinator.
f) Users will adhere to the Liceo de Zamboanga virus protection procedures.
g) Permission of authorized Liceo de Zamboanga computer administrative personnel is required for relocation, removal, or adjustment of any hardware and/or peripheral device.
h) Food and/or drink will not be consumed in areas where computers are located.
Internet Control Filtering and Monitoring
In accordance with national, provincial, and local regulations, filtering software is used to control access to the Internet. This blocks or filters visual depictions that are obscene and other content that is harmful to minors. Parents are advised, however, that filtering technology is imperfect, and that the possibility exists of obtaining access to prohibited materials. Educational staff will, to the best of their ability, monitor students’ use of the Internet and will take reasonable measures to prevent access to inappropriate materials.
From time to time the Liceo de Zamboanga will make a determination on whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the regulations provinciald above. For security and administrative purposes, the Liceo de Zamboanga reserves the right for authorized personnel to review network use and content. The Liceo de Zamboanga reserves the right to remove an individual’s network access privileges to prevent further unauthorized activity.
Plagiarism and Copyrighted Infringement
a) Any software that is protected under the copyright laws will not be loaded onto or transmitted via the network or other on-line servers without the written consent of the copyright holder.
b) Users will honor all copyright rules and not plagiarize or use copyrighted information without permission. Plagiarism is the using of writings or ideas of others and presenting them as if they were original
c) The School Liceo de Zamboanga will receive written permission from parents and/or guardians prior to publishing any student's work, pictures or name on the Internet or Liceo de Zamboanga web pages.
Access to Inappropriate Material
a) Users will not utilize the LCS to access material that is profane or obscene, that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).
1. For students, a special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of such access is to conduct research and both the teacher and parent approve the access.
2. Liceo de Zamboanga employees and visitors to the Liceo de Zamboanga may access the above material only in the context of legitimate research.
b) Users should immediately disclose any inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school. This will protect them against an allegation that they have intentionally violated the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Use of the Liceo de Zamboanga’s electronic resources by staff, students, and/or visitors to the Liceo de Zamboanga in an illegal or unethical manner may result in disciplinary action, including loss of privileges to use the system, school or Liceo de Zamboanga sanctions, and referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Users may be required to make full financial restitution.
The Liceo de Zamboanga respects student/staff and values their privacy. In order, however, to maintain system integrity and ensure responsible use of the system, the Liceo de Zamboanga has the right to examine the contents of the file server, individual computers, and any e-mail. Files will only be examined when there is reason to suspect an activity or material that violates any of the school's codes of conduct or the law. Use of the Liceo de Zamboanga’s electronic resources by staff, students, and/or visitors to the Liceo de Zamboanga in an illegal or unethical manner may result in disciplinary action, including loss of privileges to use the system, school or Liceo de Zamboanga sanctions, and referral to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Users may be required to make full financial restitution. The acceptance buttons at the end of this electronic document is legally binding and indicate that the parties who agreed have read the terms and conditions carefully and understands their significance.
The user agrees to indemnify the Liceo de Zamboanga for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the Liceo de Zamboanga relating to any breach of this Acceptable Use Policy.
Adoption Date: 9/29/2011
*Adapted and modified from the AUP of Rocky Point School, New York NY 11778.