Acceptable Use of Technology Policy Review
All personnel of the Arkport Central School system that use computer and other electronic resources owned, leased, or operated by Arkport Central School District must read the information below. Once completed all users then follow the link provided at the end of the page which is a required survey signifying that the individual has signed the AUP and agrees to its terms.
Arkport Central School District
Acceptable Use of Technology Policy (AUP)
The Arkport Central School District (henceforth referred to as the “District”) recognizes the value of computers and other electronic resources to improve student learning and enhance the administration and operation of its school. The District encourages the responsible use of computers; computer networks, including the Internet; and other electronic resources in support of the mission and goals of the district.
Because the Internet is an unregulated, worldwide vehicle for communication, information available to staff and students is impossible to control. Therefore, the Board of Education adopts this policy governing the voluntary use of electronic resources and the Internet in order to provide guidance to individuals and groups obtaining access to these resources on District affiliated organizations.
Arkport Central School District Rights and Responsibilities
It is the policy of the District to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all online network activities by staff and students. It shall be a violation of this policy for any employee, student, or other individual to engage in any activity that does not conform to the established purpose and general rules and policies of the network. Within this general policy, the district recognizes its legal and ethical obligation to protect the well-being of students in its charge. To this end, the District retains the following rights and recognizes the following obligations:
- To log network use and to monitor fileserver space utilization by users, and assume no responsibility or liability for files deleted due to violation of fileserver space allotments.
- To remove a user account on the network.
- To monitor the use of online activities. This may include real-time monitoring of network activity and/or maintaining a log of Internet activity for later review.
- To provide internal and external controls as appropriate and feasible. Such controls shall include the right to determine who will have access to the District-owned equipment and, specifically, to exclude those who do not abide by the district's acceptable use policy or other policies governing the use of school facilities, equipment, and materials. The District reserves the right to restrict online destinations through software or other means.
- To provide guidelines and make reasonable efforts to train staff and students in acceptable use and policies governing online communications.
- Staff members who supervise students, control electronic equipment, or otherwise have occasion to observe student use of said equipment online shall make reasonable efforts to monitor the use of this equipment to assure that it conforms to the mission and goals of the District.
- Staff should make reasonable efforts to become familiar with the Internet and its use so that effective monitoring, instruction, and assistance may be achieved.
- Use of the electronic media provided by the District is a privilege that offers a wealth of information and resources for research. Where it is available, this resource is offered to staff, students, and other patrons at no cost. In order to maintain the privilege, users agree to learn and comply with all of the provisions of this policy.
- All use of the Internet must be in support of educational and research objectives consistent with the mission and objectives of the District.
- Proper codes of conduct in electronic communication must be used. In news groups, giving out personal information is inappropriate. When using e-mail, extreme caution must always be taken in revealing any information of a personal nature.
- Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized owner of the account for the authorized purpose.
- All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be district property. This means such information shall be subject to inspection.
- Subscriptions to mailing lists and bulletin boards must be reported to the system administrator. Prior approval for such subscriptions is required for students and staff.
- Mailing list subscriptions will be monitored and maintained, and files will be deleted from the personal mail directories to avoid excessive use of fileserver hard-disk space.
- Exhibit exemplary behavior on the network as a representative of your school and community. Be polite!
- From time to time, the District will make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the acceptable use practice.
- The District encourages the use of District-owned and approved social media tools to be used by teachers and students for educational purposes of communication.
- Giving out personal information about another person, including home address and phone number, is strictly prohibited.
- Any use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes is prohibited.
- Excessive use of the network for personal business shall be cause for disciplinary action.
- Any use of the network for product advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited.
- Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.
- No use of the network shall serve to disrupt the use of the network by others. Hardware and/or software shall not be destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.
- Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computing system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited.
- Hate mail, chain letters, harassment, discriminatory remarks, and other antisocial behaviors are prohibited on all of the District’s network and equipment.
- The unauthorized installation of any software, including shareware and freeware, for use on the District computers is prohibited.
- Use of the network to access or process pornographic material, inappropriate text files (as determined by the system administrator or building administrator), or files dangerous to the integrity of the local area network is prohibited.
- The District network may not be used for downloading entertainment software or other files not related to the mission and objectives of the District for transfer to a user's home computer, personal computer, or other media. This prohibition pertains to freeware, shareware, copyrighted commercial and non-commercial software, and all other forms of software and files not directly related to the instructional and administrative purposes of the District.
- Downloading, copying, otherwise duplicating, and/or distributing copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited, except that duplication and/or distribution of materials for educational purposes is permitted when such duplication and/or distribution would fall within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC).
- Use of the network for any unlawful purpose is prohibited.
- Use of profanity, obscenity, racist terms, or other language that may be offensive to another user is prohibited.
- Playing games is prohibited unless specifically authorized by a teacher for instructional purposes.
- Establishing network or Internet connections to live communications, including voice and/or video (relay chat), is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the system administrator.
- Any communication between teachers and students on any Public Social Media Network or Social Networking Site is prohibited.
- Using digital device (such as cell phone or camera phone), electronic technology and/or media to facilitate cheating, plagiarism, etc. is prohibited.
- Accessing personal, interactive sites, (such as MySpace blogs, or Facebook) on district computer systems is prohibited. This includes use of a student’s personal cell phone or digital device to access such social networking sites.
- The District cannot be held accountable for the information that is retrieved via the network.
- Pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (18 USC 2510 et seq.), notice is hereby given that there are no facilities provided by this system for sending or receiving private or confidential electronic communications. System administrators have access to all mail and will monitor messages. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
- The District will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by our own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained is at your own risk.
- The District makes no warranties (expressed or implied) with respect to:
- The content of any advice or information received by a user, or any costs or charges incurred as a result of seeing or accepting any information; and
- Any costs, liability, or damages caused by the way the user chooses to use his or her access to the network.
- The District reserves the right to change its policies and rules at any time.
Acceptable Use of Technology Policy User Agreement
I have read, understand, and will abide by the above Acceptable Use Policy when using computer and other electronic resources owned, leased, or operated by Arkport Central School District. I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action may be initiated.