IJNDC - Student Computer and Internet Use Policy

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POLICY:  IJNDC

EFFECTIVE DATE:    8/8/12

CANCELS SHEET DATED:  2/4/09

REVIEWED BY POLICY COMMITTEE: ______________

 

STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE POLICY

 

I, _______________________________________, understand, accept, and agree to abide by the following statements:

 

RSU #74 computers, network, and Internet access are provided to support the educational mission of the schools and to enhance the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and school staff. This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.

 

Compliance with RSU #74’s policies and rules concerning computer and Internet use is mandatory. Students who violate these policies and rules may have their computer privileges limited, suspended, or revoked. The building principal is authorized to determine, after considering the circumstances involved, whether and for how long a student’s computer privileges will be altered. The building principal’s decision shall be final.

 

Violations of this policy and RSU #74’s computer and Internet rules may also result in disciplinary action, referral to law enforcement, and/or legal action.

 

RSU #74 computers remain under the control, custody, and supervision of the school unit at all times. The school unit monitors all computer and Internet activity by students. Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, whether they are used on school property or elsewhere.

 

A.) Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right

 

Student use of the school district’s computers, networks, and Internet services is a privilege, not a right.  Unacceptable use/activity may result in suspension or cancellation of privileges as well as additional disciplinary action and/or legal action. This policy and the accompanying rules also apply to laptops issued directly to students, whether they are used at school or off school premises.

 

The building principal shall have the authority to decide whether a student’s privileges will be denied or revoked.

 

B.) Acceptable Use

 

Student access to the school district’s computers, networks, and Internet services are provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the school district’s educational mission, curriculum, and instructional goals.

 

The same rules and expectations govern student use of computers as apply to other student conduct and communication.

 

Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff member/volunteer when accessing the school district’s computers, networks, and Internet services.

 

C.) Prohibited Use

 

The user is responsible for his/her computer files, passwords, and accounts.  Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited included, but are not limited to, the following:

 

1.) Accessing Inappropriate Materials -- Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, and/or illegal;

2.) Illegal Activities -- Using the school district’s computers, networks, and internet services for any illegal activity or that violates other Board policies, procedures, and/or school rules;

3.) Violating Copyrights -- Copying or downloading copyrighted material without the owner’s permission;

4.) Plagiarism -- Representing as one’s own work any material obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc).  When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher, and web site must be identified.

5.) Copying Software -- Copying or downloading software without the express authorization of the system administrator;

6.) Non-School Related Uses -- Using the school district’s computers, networks, and Internet services for non-school-related purposes such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes;

7.) Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access -- Sharing passwords, using other users’ passwords without permission, and/or accessing other user accounts;

8.) Malicious Use/Vandalism -- Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school district’s computers, networks, and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities, physically damaging/vandalizing school equipment, and creation/uploading of computer viruses;

9.) Unauthorized Access to Chat Rooms/News Groups/Web Mail/Instant Messenger -- Accessing chat rooms, news groups, web mail, and/or instant messengers without specific authorization from the supervising teacher.

 

D.) No Expectation of Privacy

 

The school district retains control, custody, and supervision of all computers, networks, and Internet services owned or leased by the school district.  The school district reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity by students.  Students have no expectation of privacy in their use of school computers, including e-mail and stored files.

 

E.) Compensation for Losses, Costs, and/or Damages

 

The student and/or the student’s parent/guardian shall be responsible for compensating the school district for any losses, costs or damages incurred by the school district related to the violations of RSU #74’s Computer and Internet Use Policy and/or these rules, including investigation of violations.

 

F.) CyberSafety

 

RSU #74 uses filtering technology designed to block materials that are obscene or harmful to minors, and child pornography.  Although RSU #74 takes precautions to supervise student use of the Internet, parents should be aware that the RSU #74 cannot reasonably prevent all instances of inappropriate computer and Internet use by students in violation of Board policies and rules, including access to objectionable materials and communication with persons outside of the school.  The school unit is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information that students obtain through the Internet.

 

In the interest of student safety (‘cyber safety”) , RSU #74 also educates students and/or parent about online behavior, including interacting on social networking sites and chat rooms, and issues surrounding cyber bullying awareness and response.


 

G.) School Unit Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs or Illegal Use

 

The school district assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges made by students, including but not limited to credit cards charges, long distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal use of its computers such as copyright violations.

 

I, ______________________________________, the parent/guardian of the above, understand and agree to the provisions set forth above.  I understand and accept all financial and legal liabilities that may result from my child’s use of the RSU #74 computers, networks, and Internet service.

 

Signed (Parent/Guardian): _____________________________________________


 

Signed (Student): _____________________________________________


 

Dated: ____________________________


 

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