ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTER NETWORK (POLICY 815)

Cumberland Valley School District supports use of the Internet, email, and other computer networks in the district’s instructional program as an integral part of learning and teaching through interpersonal communications and access to information, research and collaboration. Electronic information resources include, but are not limited to, Internet Access, Electronic Mail, and Local Network resources. Use of the computer network shall be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the district as well as the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of students. Students may only use the district network for educational purposes. At the same time, students’, employees’ and guests’ personal technology devices brought onto the school district’s property or suspected to contain district information may be legally accessed to ensure compliance with this policy and other district policies to protect district’s resources and comply with the law.

 

Consequences for Inappropriate Use

 Use of the district computer is a privilege and not a right. At its sole discretion, the district may restrict any person’s access to the computer network. The district reserves the right to remove a user account from the network to prevent further unauthorized activity. The network user shall be responsible for damages to the equipment, systems, and software resulting from deliberate or willful acts. Illegal use of the network, intentional deletion or damage to files of data belonging to others; copyright violations, and theft of services will be reported to the appropriate legal authorities for possible prosecution. General rules for behavior and communications apply when using the Internet, email, and other network services, in addition to the stipulations of this policy. Loss of access may result in loss of network access and a variety of other disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to, warnings, usage restrictions, loss of privileges, position reassignment, oral or written reprimands, suspensions (with or without pay for employees), dismissal, expulsions, and/or legal proceedings on a case-by-case basis. This policy incorporates all other relevant school district polices, such as, but not limited to, the student and professional employee discipline policies, copyright policy, property policy, curriculum policies, terroristic threat policy, and harassment policies. For students, the Student Code of Conduct shall be applied when necessary and appropriate. Vandalism to the CVSD computer network will result in cancellation of access privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or other networks. This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or creating computer viruses, unauthorized alteration of computer settings or files, and downloading unauthorized files.

Copyright

The illegal use of copyrighted software by students and staff is prohibited. Any data uploaded to or downloaded from the network shall be subject to fair use guidelines.

 

Prohibitions

Students and staff are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner in accordance with District policy, accepted rules of network etiquette, and federal and state law. Specifically, the following uses are prohibited:

· Facilitating illegal activity

· Commercial or for-profit use

· Non-work or non-school related work

· Product advertisement or political lobbying

· Hate mail, discriminatory remarks, and offensive or inflammatory communication

· Unauthorized or illegal installation, distribution, reproduction, or use of copyrighted materials

· Accessing obscene or pornographic materials

· Inappropriate language or profanity

· Transmission of material likely to be offensive or objectionable to recipients

· Intentionally obtaining or modifying files, passwords, or data belonging to other users

· Impersonation of another user, anonymity, and pseudonyms

· Fraudulent copying, communications, or modification of materials in violation of copyright laws

· Loading or use of unauthorized games, programs, files, or other electronic media

· Disrupting the work of other users, or attempting to plagiarize

· Destroying modifying, or abusing network hardware and software

· Quoting personal communications in a public forum without the original author’s prior consent

 


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