KSC Acceptable Use Policy

Book Board Policies

Section 7000 Property

Title STUDENT AND STAFF NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY

Number 7540.4

Status Active

Legal

Adopted March 5, 2007

Last Revised February 5, 2007

Last Reviewed March 5, 2007


BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES

KOKOMO-CENTER TOWNSHIP CONSOLIDATED

SCHOOL CORPORATION


STUDENT AND STAFF NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY

Students are encouraged to use the Corporation's computers/network and Internet connection for educational purposes. Use of such resources is a privilege, not a right. Students must conduct themselves in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Unauthorized or inappropriate use, including any violation of these guidelines, may result in cancellation of the privilege, disciplinary action consistent with the Student Handbook, and/or civil or criminal liability.

Smooth operation of the Corporation's Network relies upon users adhering to the following guidelines. The guidelines outlined below are provided so that users are aware of their responsibilities.

  1. Students are responsible for their behavior and communication on the Internet.
  2. Student members may only access the Internet by using their assigned network user account. Use of another person's account/address/password is prohibited. Students may not allow other users to utilize their passwords.
  3. Students may not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.
  4. Students may not use the Internet to engage in "hacking" or other unlawful activities.
  5. Transmission of any material in violation of any State or Federal law or regulation, or Board policy is prohibited.
  6. Any use of the Internet for commercial purposes, advertising, or political lobbying is prohibited.
  7. Students are expected to abide by the following generally excepted rules of the network etiquette:
  8. Be polite, courteous, and respectful in your messages to others. Use language appropriate to school situations in any communications made through the Corporation's computers/network. Do not use obscene, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, defamatory, or abusive language in your messages.
  9. Never reveal names, addresses, phone numbers, or passwords of yourself or other students, family members, teachers, administrators, or other staff members while communicating on the Internet.
  10. Do not transmit pictures or other information that could be used to establish your identity without prior approval of a teacher.
  11. Never agree to get together with someone you "meet" on-line without prior parent approval.
  12. Use of the Internet to access, process, distribute, display, or print child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate, or harmful to minors is prohibited. As such, the following material is prohibited: material that appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, and excretion; material that depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals, and material that lacks serious literacy, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors. Offensive messages and pictures, inappropriate text files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the Corporation's computers/network (e.g. viruses) are also prohibited.
  13. Internet filtering and monitoring systems have been implemented and shall be maintained in place on all corporation workstations connected to the Internet.
  14. Intentional use of the Corporation's computers/networks to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited. Students may not use the Corporation's computers/network in such a way that would disrupt their use by others.
  15. All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be private property (i.e. copyrighted and/or trademarked). All copyrighted issues regarding software, information, and attributions of authorship must be respected.
  16. Students are prohibited from accessing or participating in on-line "chat rooms" or other forms of direct electronic communication without prior approval from a teacher or administrator. All such authorized communications must comply with these guidelines.
  17. Privacy in communication over the Internet and the network is not guaranteed. To ensure compliance with these guidelines, the Corporation reserves the right to monitor, review, and inspect any directories, files, and/or messages residing on or sent using the Corporation's computers/network. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities.
  18. Use of the Internet and any information procured from the Internet is at the staff member's own risk. The Corporation is not responsible for any damage a user suffers, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions. The Corporation is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. Information (including text, graphics, audio, video, etc.) from Internet sources used by a student should be cited the same preferences to printed material.
  19. Proprietary rights in the design of web sites hosted on the Corporation's servers remains at all times with the Corporation.

Staff members are encouraged to use the Corporation's computers/network and Internet connection for educational purposes. Use of such resources is a privilege, not a right. Staff members must conduct themselves in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Unauthorized or inappropriate use, including any violation of these guidelines, may result in cancellation of the privilege, disciplinary action consistent with the applicable collective bargaining agreement and Board policy, and/or civil criminal liability.

Smooth operation of the Corporation's Network relies upon users adhering to the following guidelines. The guidelines outlined below are provided so that Users are aware of their responsibilities.

  1. Staff members are responsible for their behavior and communication on the Internet.
  2. Staff members may only access the Internet by using their assigned network user account. Use of another person's account/address/password is prohibited. Staff members may not allow other users to utilize their passwords.
  3. Staff members may not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.
  4. Staff members may not use the Internet to engage in "hacking" or other unlawful activities.
  5. Transmission of any material in violation of any State or Federal law or regulation, or Board policy is prohibited.
  6. Any use of the Internet for commercial purposes, advertising, or political lobbying is prohibited.
  7. Following generally accepted rules of network etiquette, staff members are expected to: Be polite, courteous, and respectful in your messages to others. Use language appropriate to school situations in any communications made through the Corporation's computers/network. Refrain from using obscene, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, defamatory, or abusive language in your messages.
  8. Use of the Internet to access, process, distribute, display, or print child pornography and other material that is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate, or harmful to minors is prohibited. As such, the following material is prohibited: material that appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, and excretion; material that depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals, and material that lacks serious literacy, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors. Offensive messages and pictures, inappropriate text files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the Corporation's computers/network (e.g., viruses) are also prohibited.
  9. Internet filtering and monitoring systems have been implemented and shall be maintained in place on all corporation workstations connected to the Internet.
  10. Intentional use of the Corporation's computers/network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited. Staff members may not use the corporation's computers/network in such a way that would disrupt their use by others.
  11. All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be private property (i.e., copyrighted and/or trademarked). All copyright issues regarding software, information, and attributions of authorship must be respected.
  12. Privacy in communication over the Internet and the Network is not guaranteed. To ensure compliance with these guidelines, the Corporation reserves the right to monitor, review, and inspect any directories, files, and/or messages residing on or sent using the Corporation's computers/network. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
  13. Use of the Internet and any information procured from the Internet is at the staff member's own risk. The Corporation is not responsible for any damage a user suffers, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions. The Corporation is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. Information (including text, graphics, audio, video, etc.) from Internet sources used in class should be cited the same references to printed material.
  14. Proprietary rights in the design of web sites hosted on the Corporation's servers remains at all times with the Corporation without prior written authorization.

Staff members are reminded that personally identifiable student information is confidential and may not be disclosed without prior written parental permission.

H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000

47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934 as amended

20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended

18 U.S.C. 2256

18 U.S.C. 1460

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