Home‎ > ‎Administrative_Guidelines‎ > ‎7000_Property‎ > ‎

7540.01a AdmGuide_Guidelines for Computer Use

Computer Equipment:
 
All computer hardware and software are the property of the District and may only be used for educational purposes
which are not disruptive, offensive to others or harmful to the District. Users will be held responsible for any misuse
or damage to District computer equipment.
 
User Ids and Passwords:
 
Users are assigned user Ids and passwords at the beginning of the year. These user Ids and passwords are the
property of the school and may be changed or revoked only by school administrator(s) or designee(s). User Ids and
passwords may not be shared with others and users may only use the ID and password assigned to them by the
District.
 
Files:
 
All files stored on District equipment are the property of the District. Users are allowed limited use of disk space on
the file server, to be determined by the Technology Support Specialist. User files may be deleted from the file
servers at the end of the school year without prior notice. Users are encouraged to save all files on removable
media such as diskettes. All messages or files composed, sent or received on District computers are District
property. User files stored on the District equipment, including any messages, may be examined by school
authorities at any time and without prior notification. Users shall have no expectation of privacy in the use of
District computers.
 
Internet Access:
 
Users are allowed to access the Internet only if they have submitted a signed permission form and follow the
District Guidelines for Internet Use. Students must have permission of a staff member before accessing the
Internet.
 
Additionally, users are not to:
 
    A. Operate outside the confines of program applications. This means in the operating systems of the computer
        or network.
 
    B. Use software brought from outside the school unless permission is given by the District Technology
        Coordinator.
 
    C. Add or remove software or files from any directory of the computer system except those in their home
        directory or assigned shared drivers.
 
    D. Store files on the network or any computer with exceptions only approved by the District Technology
        Coordinator.
 
    E. Use anyone's USER ID or PASSWORD except their own.
 
    F. Use the network system, including the Internet, to create, view, send, receive, store, display or print text or
        graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene, disruptive or harmful materials. Offensive,
        disruptive or harmful messages and files include, but are not limited to, any messages or files which contain
        pornographic images, sexual implications, racial slurs, gender specific comments; other comments that
        offensively address someone's age, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, national origin, or
        disability; any comment which in any way defames another person; or any comment intended to frighten,
        intimidate, threaten, abuse, annoy, or harass another person.
 
    G. Physically damage or vandalize the data of another user.
 
    H. Trespass or vandalize the data of another user.
 
    I. Use the network of any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts.
 
    J. Make any changes to the setup or configuration of any District hardware or software without approval of the
        District Technology Coordinator.
 
Users will be held accountable for things done under their user ID. Therefore, it is crucial that users keep their
computer passwords confidential. User files, including messages, may be examined by school authorities at any
given time and without prior notification. Legal action may be taken in the case of breach of file security, software
copyright violation, or violation of other applicable State and Federal laws.
 
Consequences for violation of rules:
 
The District reserves the right to, and will, monitor use of the network, including Internet and e-mail messages. The
network is solely for the purpose of expanding educational opportunities. School administrator(s), with the
assistance of staff members, may deny, revoke or suspend computer use as deemed necessary. Any user
identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with computer systems may be denied access to
District computers. These consequences may occur along with other disciplinary action, up to and including
expulsion from school, depending on the severity of the offense. In addition, in cases where State or Federal laws
may have been broken, students may be referred to the police department.
 
In addition to these guidelines, school administrator(s), with the assistance of staff members, may draft special
rules for computer use in other situations. These rules will be revised as necessary.  The District permits the use
of the Internet as a tool for educational purposes only. The Internet, like any other school resource, may only be
used for the purpose it was intended. Users are expected to follow a few basic rules of courtesy and common
sense when accessing this tool so that the Internet can be a valuable source of information for all.
 
    A. A signed User Agreement/Parent Permission Form must be on file.
 
    B. The District reserves the right to, and will, monitor Internet use, including e-mail messages. All files or
        messages sent, received or viewed on District computers are the property of the District and users have no
        expectation of privacy in any files or messages.
 
Examples of unacceptable use are:
 
    A. Revealing any personal information about the user or other students;
 
    B. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright of other contracts;
 
    C. Degrading or disrupting equipment, software or system performance;
 
    D. Vandalizing the data of another user;
 
    E. Using the network system, including the Internet, to create, view, send, receive, store, display or print text or
        graphics which may reasonably be construed as obscene, disruptive or harmful materials.
 
        Offensive, disruptive or harmful messages and files include, but are not limited to, any messages or files
        which contain pornographic images, sexual implications, racial slurs, gender specific comments, other
        comments that offensively address someone's age, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, national
        origin, or disability, any comment which in any way defames another person, or any comment intended to
        frighten, intimidate, threaten, abuse, annoy, or harass another person.
 
    F. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities;
 
    G. Invading the privacy of individuals;
 
    H. Using an account owned by another user;
 
    I. Posting personal communications without the original author's consent; and
 
    J. Posting anonymous messages and information (i.e. others' phone numbers or addresses).
 
Exploring the Internet is for the purpose of expanding educational opportunities. School administrator(s), with the
assistance of staff members, may deny, revoke or suspend any Internet access as deemed necessary. Any user
identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with com-puter systems may be denied access to the
Internet. These consequences may occur along with other disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from
school, depending on the severity of the offense. In addition, in cases where State or Federal laws may have been
broken, users may be referred to the police department for additional action.
 
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
ĉ
Shari Weinstock,
Aug 3, 2011, 11:54 AM