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Acceptable Use Policy

 

SHREWSBURY BOROUGH SCHOOL is now offering Internet access for student use. This document contains the Acceptable Use Policy for your use.

Educational Purpose

Our system has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities.

Our system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. SHREWSBURY BOROUGH SCHOOL has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access through the system. You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in our discipline code and the law in the use of our system.

You may not use our system for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through our system.

You may not use our system for political lobbying. But you may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express your opinion on political issues.

Student Internet Access

Access to the Internet, WWW, and information resources are available in classrooms, the media center, and computer labs. Access to these resources is dependent upon your grade level.

Students will have unlimited access to Intranet e-mail.

Students will have Internet e-mail access only under direct supervision using their own school accounts. Again, this is dependent on grade level.

You and your parent must sign an Account Agreement to be granted an Internet e-mail account on our network.

Unacceptable Uses

Personal Safety

You will not post personal contact information about yourself or other people. Personal contact information includes your address, telephone number, school address, work address, etc.

You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without your parentís approval. Your parent should accompany you to this meeting.

You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employees any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Illegal Activities

You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our network or to any other computer system through our network or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another personís account or access another personís files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".

You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.

You will not use our system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol or cigarettes, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of another person, etc.

System Security

You are responsible for your individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your account. Under no conditions should you provide your password to another person.

You will immediately notify your teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.

You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the district virus protection procedures if you download software.

Inappropriate Language

Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and any material posted.

You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.

You will not post information that could cause damage or danger of disruption.

You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

You will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If you are told by a person to stop sending messages, you must stop.

You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

Respect for Privacy

You will not repost a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.

You will not post private information about another person.

Respecting Resource Limits

You will use this system only for educational and career development activities and limited high quality, self-discovery activities during appropriately supervised times.

You will not download files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, you will download the file at a time when the system is not being used heavily and remove the file immediately afterward.

You will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

You will check your e-mail frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within your e-mail quota.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.

You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner. Copyright law can be very confusing. If you have questions, ask a teacher.

Inappropriate Access to Material

You will not use our system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).

If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher or other school employee. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this policy.

Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that they think would be inappropriate for you to access. The district fully expects that you will follow your parentís instructions in this matter.

Your Rights

Your right to free speech, as noted in the Student Handbook, applies also to your communications on the Internet and across the network. The network system is considered a limited forum and therefore the district may restrict your speech for valid educational reasons. The district will not restrict your speech on the basis of a disagreement with the opinion you are expressing.

Search and Seizure

You should expect only limited privacy in the accounts of your personal files on the district system. The situation is similar to the rights you have in the privacy of your locker/desk.

Routine maintenance and monitoring of the network system may lead to discovery that you may have violated this policy, the Student Handbook, or the law.

An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this policy, the Student Handbook, or the law. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

Due Process

The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through our network system.

In the event there is a claim that you have violated this policy or the Student handbook in your use of the network system, you will be provided with a written notice of the suspected violation and an opportunity to present an explanation before a neutral administrator.

If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the Student Handbook, it will be handled in a manner described in the Student Handbook. Additional restrictions may be placed on your use of your account.

Limitation of Liability

The district makes no guarantee that the functions of the services provided by or through the network system will be error-free or without defect. The district will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The district is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.

Personal Responsibility

When you are using our network system, it may feel like you can more easily break a rule and not get caught. This is not really true because whenever you do something on a network, you leave little "electronic footprints" or "cookies," so the odds of getting caught are really about the same as they are in the real world.

But the fact that you can do something or think you can do something without being caught does not make it right to do so. Even if you donít get caught, there is always one person who will know whether you have done something wrong Ė and that person is you. Your use of the system (and the Internet) can be a mirror that will show you what kind of person you are.

Student Account Agreement

Student Section

Student Name_____________________________ Grade Level___________

School___________________________________________________________

I have read the districtís Acceptable Use Policy. I agree to follow the rules contained in this policy. I understand that if I violate the rules, my account can be terminated and I may face other disciplinary measures.

 

Student Signature__________________________________________________

  Parent/Guardian Section

I have read the districtís Acceptable Use Policy.

I hereby release the district, its personnel, and any institutions with which it is affiliated, from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my childís use of, or inability to use, the districtís system, including, but not limited to claims that may arise from the unauthorized use of the system to purchase products or services.

I will instruct my child regarding any restrictions against accessing material that are in addition to the restrictions set forth in the districtís Acceptable Use Policy. I will emphasize to my child the importance of following the rules for personal safety.

I give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained in this form is correct.

Parent Signature_____________________________ Date_________________

Parent Name (please print) ________________________________________

Home Address ______________________________________________

Phone _____________________