General User Policy



     

    SUMMERVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    Information Technology

     

    The District’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is to prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by users online, prevent unauthorized disclosure of or access to sensitive information, and to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”). As used in this policy, “user” includes anyone using the computers, Internet, email, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications or equipment provided by the District (the “network.”). Only employees are authorized to use the network.

     

    The District will use technology protection measures to block or filter, to the extent practicable, access of visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, and harmful to minors over the network. The District reserves the right to monitor users' online activities and to access, review, copy, and store or delete any electronic communication or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of District property, network and/or Internet access or files, including email.

     

    Acceptable Uses of the Summerville Elementary School District Computer Network or the Internet

     

    Summerville Elementary School verifies each year that employees using the computer network and Internet access for that school year have a signed page acknowledging this policy. Employees and other users are required to follow this policy. Even without signature, all users must follow this policy and report any misuse of the network or Internet to a supervisor or other appropriate District personnel. Access is provided primarily for education and District business. Staff may use the Internet, for incidental personal use during duty-free time. By using the network, users have agreed to this policy. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use is acceptable or appropriate, he or she should consult a supervisor or other appropriate District personnel.

     

    Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or Internet

     

    The District reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities (1) that create security and/or safety issues for the District, employees, schools, network or computer resources, or (2) that expend District resources on content the District in its sole discretion determines lacks legitimate educational content/purpose, or (3) other activities as determined by District as inappropriate.

     

    ·         Violating any state or federal law or municipal ordinance, such as: Accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials, materials that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or copyrighted materials;

    ·         Criminal activities that can be punished under law;

     

    ·         Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances;

     

    ·         Obtaining and/or using anonymous email sites; spamming; spreading viruses;

     

    ·         Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as:

     

    1.     Using profane, abusive, or impolite language; threatening, harassing, or making damaging or false statements about others or accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;

    2.     Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' names, emails, files, or data; disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email;

     

    3.     Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance;

     

    4.     Using any District computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws; or

    5.     Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of "pyramid schemes".

     

    ·         Engaging in uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into others’ accounts or


    ·         other computer networks, such as:

     

    1.     Using another’s account password(s) or identifier(s);

    2.     Interfering with other users' ability to access their account(s); or

    3.     Disclosing anyone’s password to others or allowing them to use another’s account(s).

     

    ·         Using the network or Internet for Commercial purposes:

     

    1.     Using the Internet for personal financial gain;

    2.     Using the Internet for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or

    3.     Conducting for-profit business activities and/or engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes.

     

    Penalties for Improper Use

     

    The use of a District account is a privilege, not a right, and misuse will result in the restriction or cancellation of the account. Misuse may also lead to disciplinary and/or legal action for employees, including suspension, and/or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The District will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to the specific issues related to each violation.

     

    Disclaimer

     

    The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.