7540 Network and Internet Acceptable Use

Current version

ADOPTED 11/27/95

The Carmel Clay Schools provide network and Internet, hereafter referred to as Network, access to enhance information gathering and communication skills, to assist in resource sharing, and to facilitate the use of technology to achieve educational objectives.

The Network is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. The Network extends the resources of the schools and provides benefits such as:

 A. worldwide electronic mail;

 B. information and news from NASA and other research institutions;

 C. public domain software and shareware of all types;

 D. discussion groups;

 E. access to the Library of Congress, ERIC, and university libraries.

With access to computers and people all over the world, also comes the availability of materials that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Carmel Clay Schools has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. Carmel Clay Schools firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District.

Network access is a privilege, not a right. System administrators, member's of the schools' professional staff charged with responsibility for the Network, will provide accounts to individuals. Individuals will be asked to read the Carmel Clay Schools Network and Internet Acceptable Use Guidelines and to sign the Carmel Clay Schools Network User Agreement.

All information services and features of the Network are intended for the private use of its registered users and any use of these resources for commercial-for-profit or other unauthorized purposes is expressly forbidden. Any problems which arise from a user's account are the responsibility of the account holder. Use of an account by someone other than the registered account holder is forbidden and may be ground for loss of access privileges.

Users may not use the Network or its resources to:

 A. access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials;

 B. transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;

 C. violate any local, State, or Federal statute;

 D. vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another person or organization;

 E. access another person's materials, information, or files without the implied or direct permission of that person;

 F. vandalize, damage, or disrupt the operation of the Network;

 G. intentionally seek passwords belonging to other users or use others' accounts;

 F. violate copyright, or otherwise use another person's intellectual property without his/her prior approval or proper citation.

Users should not respond to unsolicited online contact and should report any harassment to the system administrator. Care should be taken to protect personal information, such as name, address, telephone number. Electronic mail messages can be forwarded so users' messages should not contain information that they would not wish shared with strangers. The Carmel Clay Schools reserve the right to log computer use and to monitor fileserver space utilization by users and to remove user accounts when violations of policies occur.

The Carmel Clay Schools does not guarantee that the functions of the system meet any specific requirements the user may have, or that it will be error free or uninterrupted; nor shall it be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, or consequential damages relative to:

 A. information stored on School Corporation diskettes, hard drives, or servers;

 B. information retrieved through Corporation computers, Networks, or online resource;

 C. personal property used to access Corporation computers, Networks, or online resources;

 D. unauthorized financial obligations resulting from use of Corporation resources and accounts to access the Network.

Required parents' signatures on the User Agreement form will ensure that they are notified that their children will be using Corporation resources and accounts to access the Network, that they may request alternative activities not requiring Network access, and that it is possible for students to purchase goods and services via the Network which could result in unwanted financial obligations.

It is the joint responsibility of students, parents, and employees of the Corporation to use the Network and its resources appropriately. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of Network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

 A. Be polite; do not use abusive language in your messages to others.

 B. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

 C. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.

 D. Note that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

 E. Do not use the Network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the Network by other users.

 F. All communications and information accessible via the Network should be assumed to be private property.

 G. Delete unnecessary files, responsibly use file transfer to avoid excessive use of disk space.

The Carmel Clay Schools Network and Internet Acceptable Use Policy and Guidelines are available for review by all parents, guardians, staff members, and members of the community. Copies may be obtained by writing Information Services, 5201 East 131st Street, Carmel, IN 46033.

All provisions of this guideline are subordinate to local, State, and Federal statute.


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