Acceptable Internet Use Policy (AUP)

XYZ School District

 

Purpose:

 

The purpose of the XYZ network is for educational purposes and to enhance the school’s curriculum by bringing vast, diverse and unique resources for both students and teachers. Our network consists of all computers of any type, including but not limited to, any hardware, software, media, or other devices owned, leased or attached by permission to the XYZ school network. Our goal is to serve as a resource for improving, extending, and enriching the teaching and learning in our district. The smooth operation of our network relies on the proper conduct of the users who must adhere to strict policies. These policies are provided so you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire, therefore the purpose of this agree is to serve as a statement on the appropriate and acceptable use of the XYZ network.

 

The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. System administrators will deem what is appropriate use and will have the right to close an account at any time. Inappropriate use will result in restriction or cancellation of access privileges. Actions take are listed down in Violation Actions.

 

 

Acceptable Use:

 

Users of the XYZ network are those students and employees of the XYZ district with a signed Acceptable Internet Use Policy on file. Users of the XYZ District will be allowed access to the XYZ network when their signed AUP are on file and only during class time as well as other periods designated as "open access".

 

The Internet may only be used for educational purposes, classroom activities, career development, and high-quality personal research. Any use by students other than for educational purposes shall not be permitted.

 

Uses of the network that are not considered acceptable use are those that are unlawful or offensive, which include but are not limited to:

 

·       Destruction, damage, or tampering with district equipment, software, or data

·       Unauthorized use of accounts, access codes, or identification numbers

·       Installing or downloading unauthorized software programs onto network

·       Using computer resources for:

o                  inappropriate speech: obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude disrespectful, threatening, or inflammatory language

o                  harassment: personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks, false or defamatory material about a person or organization

o                  communicating with elected representatives to express your opinion on political issues

o                  violating copyright and trademark regulations or license agreements

o                  violating another’s privacy

o                  commercial purposes

o                  criminal speech or any speech in the course of committing a crime

o                  accessing adult-oriented or gambling sites

o                  entertainment purposes (except for those that the school has designated as "open access")

o                  public or political forums

o                  chain letters, "spamming", or mass mailings

 

This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list, but to provide examples of inappropriate use.

 

 

Staff Responsibilities:

 

·       Staff will supervise students who use the Internet at all times.

·       Staff should evaluate material accessed on the Internet for use in the classroom.

·       Staff must preview the Internet or web sites prior to allowing students to visit a site. Staff may create bookmarked sites or post sites in database for students to visit.

·       Only staff may download or copy information from the Internet

 

 

Students Responsibilities:

 

·       Students should never give out personal information on the Internet

·       Students should immediately notify staff if they mistakenly access prohibited material or see any material that makes them feel uncomfortable.

·       Students may not access e-mail or send/receive messages. The exception to this will be when corresponding to a person involved in a legitimate educational purpose via the teacher’s e-mail address.

·       Students may never download or copy information from the Internet

·       Students may only access the Internet with staff permission

·       Students must be supervised by staff while on the Internet

·       Students must cite the author, date, and Internet address (URL) of any information copied from the Internet.

·       Students may not copy any copyrighted information.

·       Students must treat computer equipment with care and always be respectful of other people’s property

 

 

Parents Responsibilities:

 

The XYZ District cannot monitor in accord with a multitude of different family values; therefore parents are encouraged to discuss values with their children

 

 

Violation Actions:

 

Any violation will result in a parental contact. Actions include:

o      Verbal or written warnings

o      Restricted suspension or revocation of computer and/or Internet access

o      In school or out-of-school suspensions or expulsions

o      Legal action and/or prosecution by the authorities

 

 

Discipline Actions:

When inappropriate use of the Internet is determined, the school should follow due process by:

1)         sending a notice to the student and parents of an alleged violation

2)         student will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations

3)         students, parents, system administrators, and administration will meet for a hearing on the request to deny, revoke or suspend the user account.

 

The system administrator will deem what is appropriate use and has the right to close an account at any time and deny access to any student who is identified as a security risk.

 

 

Network Security:

·       The district has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system

·       The district has the right to employ filtering software and/or devices that may block certain sites and notify administrators that inappropriate use is taking place within a building.

 

 

Limitation of Districts liability:

 

The District makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the District 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. Parents may be held financially responsible for any harm to the system as a result of a student' intentional misuse.

 

 

 

 

Information for this Acceptable Internet Use Policy was researched and copied from:

 

Acceptable Use Policy Kit, NH Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, http://www.nheon.org/oet/tpguide/policy-aup1.htm, copied 4/16/06

Winnisquam Regional School District Elementary Schools Internet Acceptable Use Policy, http://www.winnisquam.k12.nh.us./Technology/Elemtary%20AUP.htm, copies 4/16/06

 

Concord School District, Acceptable Internet Use Policy, for students: http://csd.k12.nh.us/~sroth/district/aupstudent.pdf and for staff: http://csd.k12.nh.us/~sroth/district/aupstaff.pdf, copied 4/16/06

 

 

 

Consent and Signature

 

Section 1: Students

 

Student’s Name: __________________________________________________________

School Name: ____________________________________________________________

Teacher’s Name: _________________________________________________________

 

I have listened to my teacher explain the Acceptable Internet Use Policy. I will follow the rules and will use the XYZ school network appropriately.

 

Student’s Signature: _______________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

 

 

Section 2: Parents

 

I have read the XYZ School District’s Acceptable Internet Use Policy. I understand that even though students will be supervised while using the Internet, I realize that students could potentially come across material that I might consider controversial or offensive. The XYZ school district has my permission to allow my child, ____________________, to use the network under the conditions described in said policy. I understand that my child may keep this privilege as long as the policies described in the Acceptable Internet Use Policy are followed.

 

Parent’s Signature: ______________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

 

 

Section 3: Teacher

 

As the student’s teacher, I have reviewed the Acceptable Internet Use Policy with the student. With parent permission, this student is eligible to use the Internet.

 

Teacher’s Signature: ___________________________________________________

Date: _______________________

 

 

 

Families, please return this signature page to school

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