General User Policy



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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)

 

         The District's computer network (the "Network") provides access to reference resources, production tools, instructional software, the Internet, and email. The use of the Network is a privilege, and not a right. All student use of the District's electronic resources shall be consistent with the District's goal of promoting educational excellence. Responsibility for appropriate conduct when using the Network rests solely with the individual student, who shall follow the provisions of this policy at all times.

 

The Board of Education shall provide access to various computerized information resources through the District's computer system consisting of software, hardware, computer networks and electronic communications systems. This may include access to electronic mail, so-called "on-line services" and the "Internet." It may include the opportunity for some students to have independent access to the District's computer system from their home or other remote locations. All use of the District's computer system, including independent use off school premises, shall be subject to this policy and accompanying regulations. Further, all such use shall be in support of education and/or research and consistent with the goals and purposes of the District.

 

Access to Inappropriate Content/Material and Use of Personal Technology or Electronic Devices

 

This policy is intended to establish general guidelines for the acceptable student use of the District's computer system and also to give students and parents or guardians notice that student use of the District's computer system shall provide student access to external computer networks not controlled by the District. The District cannot screen or review all of the available content or materials on these external computer networks. Thus some of the available content or materials on these external networks may be deemed unsuitable by parents or guardians for student use or access by parents or guardians.

 

Despite the existence of District policy, regulations and guidelines, it is virtually impossible to completely prevent access to content or material that may be considered inappropriate for students. Students may have the ability to access such content or material from their home, other locations off school premises and/or with a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events. Parents and guardians shall be willing to establish boundaries and standards for the appropriate and acceptable use of technology and communicate these boundaries and standards to their children. The appropriate/acceptable use standards outlined in this policy apply to student use of technology via the District's computer system or any other electronic media or communications, including by means of a student's own personal technology or electronic device on school grounds or at school events.

 

Use of the Network

 

         Access to the Network and the Internet shall be for the purpose of education, curriculum-related research and other school-related purposes.

 

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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)  (Cont'd.)

 

Password and File Protection

 

         Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized user of the account for the purposes allowed herein. Using or sharing another user's login name and password is prohibited. Each student shall be responsible for any action performed under his or her login name, regardless of whether he or she performed the action.

Network Security

 

         In order to ensure that the Network is available to all users, students shall adhere to the following rules:

 

         a)      Students shall not intentionally disrupt the use of the Network by others.

 

         b)      Hardware, software, files, data or passwords shall not be destroyed, modified, copied, damaged or abused in any way.

 

         c)      Students may not load or download software on any school computer.

 

         d)      Malicious use of the Network or the Internet that harasses other users, infiltrates a computer or computer system and/or damages the software components of a computer or computer system (e.g., creates viruses) is prohibited.

 

         e)      Any student who identifies a possible security problem shall immediately notify the supervising teacher or the Director of Technology.

 

Copyright Protection

 

         Students shall recognize that software and materials accessible via the Network or the Internet are protected by copyright and/or other intellectual property laws; therefore, students shall comply with all such laws and, without limitation of the foregoing:

 

         a)      Shall give credit for all copyrighted materials obtained from the Network or the Internet;

 

         b)      Shall not make copies of copyrighted software found on school computers, either by copying them onto storage devices or onto other computers through electronic mail;

 

         c)      Shall not give, lend, or sell copies of software to others unless they have the written permission of the copyright owner or the original software is clearly identified as "shareware" or in the public domain;

 

         d)      Shall not receive copyrighted software from outside sources through school computers; and

 

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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)  (Cont'd.)

 

         e)      Shall not download copyrighted material without permission from the copyright owner.

 

Standards of Acceptable Use

 

Generally, the same standards of acceptable student conduct which apply to any school activity shall apply to use of the District's computer system. This policy does not attempt to articulate all required and/or acceptable uses of the District's computer system; nor is it the intention of this policy to define all inappropriate usage. Administrative regulations shall further define general guidelines of appropriate student conduct and use as well as proscribed behavior.

 

District students shall also adhere to the laws, policies and rules governing computers including, but not limited to, copyright laws, rights of software publishers, license agreements, and student rights of privacy created by federal and state law.

 

Students who engage in unacceptable use may lose access to the District's computer system in accordance with applicable due process procedures, and may be subject to further discipline under the District's school conduct and discipline policy and the District Code of Conduct. The District reserves the right to pursue legal action against a student who willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys property of the District. Further, the District may bring suit in civil court against the parents or guardians of any student who willfully, maliciously or unlawfully damages or destroys District property pursuant to General Obligations Law Section 3-112.

 

Student data files and other electronic storage areas shall be treated like school lockers. This means that such areas shall be considered to be District property subject to control and inspection. The Director of Technology or designee may access all such files and communications without prior notice to ensure system integrity and that users are complying with the requirements of this policy and accompanying regulations. Students should NOT expect that information stored on the District's computer system shall be private.

 

Prohibited Uses

 

         Students may not, while using District resources (including, without limitation, desktop computers, laptop computers, digital cameras, and other electronic devices, netbooks, handheld devices and any emerging technologies used in the instructional program and regardless of whether access to the Network or the Internet is gained directly or through any proxy servers, IP Relay or other technologies that bypass or circumvent any filtering or monitoring devices or software) either on or off school property:

 

         a)      Engage in any conduct on the Network or the Internet that constitutes hate mail, harassment, profanity, obscenity, discriminatory remarks, misrepresentation, impersonation, and/or similar behaviors;

 

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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)  (Cont'd.)

 

         b)      Post chain letters or engage in sending "spam" (annoying or unnecessary messages sent to large numbers of people);

 

         c)      Fail to exhibit appropriate behavior on "virtual" field trips in recognition of the fact that students represent the District when visiting locations on the Internet or through distance education;

 

         d)      Access or participate in chat rooms, blogs, threaded discussions or podcasts unless directed to do so for a class project or for other educational purposes with teaching staff approval;

 

         e)      Access or participate in social networking sites;

 

         f)      Intentionally use the Network or the Internet to violate any provisions of Board policy regarding internet safety, or to access or process files dangerous to the integrity of the Network and its users;

 

         g)      Use the Network or the Internet for personal purposes, including but not limited to purchases, commercial, activity, financial transactions, product advertisement, political lobbying, or any illegal activity;

 

         h)      Use the Network or the Internet to access gambling or gaming sites;

 

         i)       Use the Network or the Internet to access, or deliberately attempt to access, sexually explicit web sites (including, without limitation, any website that has posted a warning or disclaimer that access by persons under the age of 18 is inappropriate). If a student reaches such a site by accident, he or she shall immediately leave the site and advise the supervising teacher or the Director of Technology of the accidental access;

 

         j)       Use the Network or the Internet to access file share programs; or

 

         k)      Reveal his or her home address, phone numbers, social security number, photographs or any other personal information, or similar information about any other person, over the Internet.

 

Electronic Mail

 

         Each student, while using District resources:

 

         a)      Shall access email only through the eChalk account (if any) assigned to such student, except to the extent access to personal email is for legitimate school-related purposes;

 

 

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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)  (Cont'd.)

 

         b)      Is encouraged to check email frequently and delete unwanted messages promptly;

 

         c)      Shall not provide system email addresses to mailing lists;

 

         d)      Shall not send anonymous messages or files through the Network, send messages using the accounts of other users, or send messages to all users; and

 

         e)      Shall not communicate through instant messaging services.

 

Privacy Issues

 

         Students should not expect, nor does the District guarantee, privacy on the Network. The District owns all Network files and email and therefore reserves the right to take appropriate actions with respect thereto, including but not limited to the following: log Internet, email and Network use; monitor file server space utilization by students; remove a student account from the Network; restrict student access to the Internet; read the contents of files in the student's network storage drive; and restrict student access to email.

 

Web Pages

 

         Students may produce web pages through the Network only for specific classes or teacher assignments or for other school-related purposes. All student web pages shall conform to the published guidelines provided by the Director of Technology and to rules applicable to all other school publications, and are subject to approval by a building administrator or his or her designee. (See also Policy #3120 -- Web Page Guidelines.)

 

Penalties

 

         A student whose conduct on the Network violates this policy may have restricted access or be removed as a user on the Network. In addition, a violation of this policy constitutes a violation of the District's Code of Conduct, and students may be disciplined as provided in the Code of Conduct. A student whose conduct on the Network violates federal, state or local law may be prosecuted by law enforcement.

 

No Warranties or Responsibility

 

         The District makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for the access being provided. Further, the District assumes no responsibility for the quality, availability, accuracy, nature or reliability of the service and/or information provided. Students who use the District's Network and the Internet use the information at their own risk. Each student is responsible for verifying the integrity and authenticity of the information that is used and provided. The District is not responsible for any

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SUBJECT:    STUDENT USE OF COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION RESOURCES

                        (ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY)  (Cont'd.)

 

damages suffered by any student, including, but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or the errors or omissions of any student. The District is not responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from the use of or access to the District's Network or the Internet. Further, even though the District may use technical or manual means to regulate access and information, these methods do not provide a foolproof means of enforcing the provisions of this policy.

 

Notification/Authorization

 

         The District's Acceptable Use Policy and Regulations shall be disseminated to parents and students in order to provide notice of the school's requirements, expectations, and students' obligations when accessing the District's computer system.

 

         Student use of the District's computer system is conditioned upon written agreement by all students (Grades K through 12) and their parents or guardians (grades K through 5) that student use of the District's computer system shall conform to the requirements of this policy and any regulations adopted to ensure acceptable use of the District's computer system. All such agreements shall be kept on file in the District office.

 

         Student access to the District's computer system shall be provided upon student signature in grades 6 through 12 unless the parent has submitted written notification to the District requesting that such access not be permitted. Procedures shall be established to define the process by which parents may submit a written request to deny or rescind student use of the District's computer system in accordance with law, Commissioner's Regulations and/or District policies and procedures.

 

Regulations shall be established as necessary to implement the terms of this policy.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:      Refer also to Policy #8271 -- Internet Safety/Internet Content Filtering Policy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adopted:  6/19/12