Technology Acceptable Use Policy for
Students School City of East Chicago
In replacement of 7540.03
Internet, Network, Technology and Electronic Mail
Acceptable Use Policy for Students
The purpose of school
district-provided technology, Internet access and Electronic Mail (“E-Mail”) is
to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, students must
restrict their activities to endeavors which are in support of and consistent
with the educational objectives of the School City of East Chicago. Internet access is a privilege, not a
right. Access entails responsibility.
7540.03.2.0 The Internet
The School City of East Chicago
(herein sometimes referred to as “SCEC”) is pleased to offer its students,
employees, volunteers, and authorized visitors (“Users”) access to the
Internet, an electronic highway connecting millions of users all over the
world. This computer technology will
help propel our schools through the communication age by allowing students to
access and use resources from distant computers, communicate and collaborate
with individuals and groups around the world, publish knowledge and information
to a world-wide audience, and significantly expand their available information
base. The Internet is a tool for
life-long learning. It is a necessary
tool for the School City of East Chicago to develop students ready to live and
work in the 21st century.
7540.03.3.0 Educational Objectives
In making decisions regarding
access to the Internet, the School City of East Chicago considers its own
stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Electronic information research skills are
now fundamental to preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the Internet enables students the
ability to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and
other resources while exchanging information with people around the world.
The District expects that faculty
will blend thoughtful use of the Internet throughout the curriculum and will
provide guidance and instruction to students in its use. As much as possible, access from school to
Internet resources should be structured in ways which point students to those
which have been evaluated prior to use.
While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others
that have not been previewed by staff, they shall provide guidelines and lists
of resource particularly suited to learning objectives.
7540.03.4.0 Parental Permission and Student
In order for a student to gain
access to the Internet, he/she must have parental permission. Parents will be given the option of denying
Internet access and requesting alternative assignments not requiring direct
Internet access. Middle school and high
school students must sign an Internet Network Access
Agreement and agree to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy. Moreover, students utilizing District provided
Internet access must first have the permission of and must be supervised by the
School City of East Chicago’s professional staff. Students utilizing school-provided Internet
access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom
or other area of the school. The same
general rules contained in the Student Code of Conduct apply.
7540.03.5.0 Privacy is not guaranteed
The Superintendent, principals,
and other administrators may review files and monitor all student computer and
Internet activity to maintain system integrity and ensure that users are acting
responsibly. Privacy is not
guaranteed. Electronic messages and
files stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers.
7540.03.6.0 Use is a Privilege
Use of the Internet is a
privilege, not a right. Students
violating policies pertaining to standards of conduct or Internet use shall be
subject to revocation of privileges and potential disciplinary and/or
appropriate legal action.
The School City of East Chicago
makes no assurances of any kind, whether expressed or implied, regarding any
Internet services provided. The school
district will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. Use of any information obtained via the
internet is at the user’s own risk. The
school district will not be responsible for any damages users suffer,
including—but not limited to – loss of data resulting from delays or
interruptions in service. The school
district will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of
information stored on school district diskettes, hard drives, or servers; nor
for the accuracy, nature of quality of information gathered through school
district provided Internet access. The
school district will not be responsible for personal property used to access
school district computers or network for school district-provided Internet
access. The school district will not be
responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from school
district-provided access to the Internet.
The School Board in conjunction
with the Superintendent is authorized to amend or revise Internet Acceptable
Use procedures as they deem necessary and appropriate consistent with this
policy. The Superintendent is further
authorized to amend or revise the Internet Network Access Agreement with approval
of the Board counsel.
7540.03.9.0 Parental Advisory
The global and fluid nature of the Internet network’s
contents makes it extremely difficult for the school district to completely
regulate and monitor the information received or sent by students. As such, the school district cannot assure
parents that student will be denied access to undesirable materials or sending
or receiving objectionable communications.
Parents and guardians of students should be aware that some
material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory,
inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase
certain goods and services via the internet which could result in unwanted
financial obligations for which a student’s parent or guardian would be
liable. While the school district’s
intent is to make Internet access available in order to further educational
goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as
7540.03.10.0 Parental Responsibility
Ultimately, parents and guardians of students are
responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should
follow when using media and information sources. Toward that end, the School City of East
Chicago makes the District’s complete Internet policies and procedures
available on request for review by all parents, guardians, and other member of
the community; and provides the parents and guardians the option of requesting
for their minor children alternative activities not requiring Internet
These guidelines and all its provisions are subordinate to
local, state and federal statutes. All users
of the school district Internet access must also comply with agreements
specified in the contract with the Internet Service provider. A copy of these agreements is available on
request from the office of the Superintendent, 210 E. Columbus Drive, East
Chicago, IN 46312.
7540.03.12.0 Network Procedures
The School City of East Chicago, in order to implement the
Internet Acceptable Use policy, will enforce the following policies and
procedures. Although some specific
examples of prohibited used are stated, these policies and procedures do not
attempt to state all required or proscribed behavior. Failure to comply with these policies and
procedures shall be deemed grounds for revocation of privileges, disciplinary
and/or appropriate legal action.
7540.03.12.1 Acceptable Use
The educational value of student Internet access is the
joint responsibility of students, teachers, parents and employees of the School
City of East Chicago. Since access to
the Internet is a valuable and limited resource, students are expected to place
a premium on the quality of use. Taking
up valuable bandwidth and access time to pursue frivolous ends, not consistent
with the mission of the School City of East Chicago is prohibited. This statement represents a guide to the
acceptable use of the School City of East Chicago Internet facilities.
All users must be consistent with the educational mission and goals of the
The intent of the use policy is to make clear certain cases which are
consistent with the educational objectives of the school district, not to
exhaustively enumerate all such possible uses.
The Superintendent and his designees may at any time make determinations that
particular users are or are not consistent with the purpose of the school
Parents requesting their students not to participate in accessing the Internet,
must sign a form provided by the school stating that they wish to decline such
access. Middle school and high school
shall be required to sign the Internet Access Agreement form allowing their
students to access the Internet. As
appropriate, students shall also be required to sign a form affirming that they
have read, understand and will abide by the policies and the procedures
pertaining to Internet Acceptable Use and understand the consequences for the
violation of the school district’s policies and procedures.
7540.03.12.2 Unacceptable Use
Users shall not erase, rename, or make unusable anyone else’s computer files,
programs or disks.
Accessing another person’s materials, information, or files without the implied
or direct permission of that person is prohibited.
Users shall not use or try to discover another user’s password.
Users shall not use school district computers or networks for purposes of
Users shall not use a computer for unlawful purposes, such as the illegal
copying or installation of software, or violation of copyright laws.
Users shall not copy, change or transfer any software of documentation provided
by school district, teachers, or another student without permission from the
Superintendent or his designee.
7540.03.12.2.7 Users shall not write, produced, generate,
copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer coded designed to
self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s
memory, file system, or software. Such
software is often called a bug, virus, worm, Trojan Horse,
of similar name.
Users shall not deliberately use the computer to annoy or harass others with
language, images, or threats. Users
shall not deliberately access or create any obscene or objectionable
information, language or images.
Users shall not intentionally damage the system, damage information belonging
to others, misuse system resources, or allow others to misuse system
Users shall not tamper with computers, networks, printers or other associated
equipment except as dire4cted by the teacher or the Superintendent or his
Users shall not take home technology equipment (hardware or software) without
permission of the supervisor.
Users shall not gain unauthorized access to resources or entities.
Except as otherwise provided in this policy, Users shall not invade the privacy
Users shall not post material authorized or created by another without his/her
Users shall not post anonymous messages.
Users shall not use the network for commercial or private advertising. The Internet, web pages, and other technology
shall not be used for private or commercial offerings of products or services
for sale, or to solicit products or services or to raise funds for non-district
related activities or organizations.
Users shall not gorge electronic mail messages or web pages.
Users shall not use the network while access privileges are suspended or
Users shall not use network in a fashion inconsistent with directions from
teachers and other staff and generally accepted network etiquette.
Users shall not subscribe or use fee based on-line services without the prior
written approval of the Superintendent of his/her designee.
Users shall not use the network to disseminate material or information on the
behalf of or with regard to professional unions, collective bargaining, private
businesses or associations, or political campaigns or organizations without the
express written consent of the Superintendent.
Users shall report illegal or unauthorized use of the network to the
supervising teacher or the authorized Technical and Information Services
7540.03.12.3 Staff Responsibility Staff members should become familiar with these procedures and
should enforce the rules concerning acceptable and unacceptable use when their
duties include supervising of students using the Internet. When in the course of their duties staff
members become aware of violations of the Internet Acceptable Use policies and
procedures, they should correct the user and address the matter in accordance
with this procedure, the Student Code of Conduct and other policies governing
7540.03.12.4 Questions Any questions or issues regarding the
Internet Acceptance Use policies and procedures should be directed to School
City of East Chicago Administration.
Violation of any conditions of sue described herein may be cause for
disciplinary actions, denial of access or termination of employment. When or where applicable, law enforcement
agencies may be involved.
7540.03.13.0 Electronic Mail (E-Mail) Policy
The following policies and procedures apply to use of the
Electronic Mail (E-Mail) system offered by the School City of East Chicago
policies and procedures are supplemental to the internet Policies and
procedures set forth above.
Electronic Mail (“E-Mail”) is provided to qualified Students of the
School City of East Chicago (herein “Users”) solely for the purpose of
exchanging information consistent with the educational mission of the School
City of East Chicago. Users of the
E-Mail system must comply with this policy.
Any other use of E-Mail is strictly prohibited.
7540.03.13.2 Property The E-Mail system and all
computer systems are the property of SCEC.
Unauthorized use of the E-Mail system is prohibited. Access to E-Mail and other on-line systems of
SCEC is a privilege granted to Users by SCEC and may be revoked or withheld at
the discretion of the Superintendent, authorized Technical and Information
Services Administrator, or the designee of the Superintendent.
7540.03.13.3 Privacy Users do not have a
personal privacy right in any matter created, received, stored in or sent from
the E-Mail system. SCEFC may at times
and without prior notice, monitor and review E-Mail messages and web site
retrieval by Users to insure proper use.
and Passwords Users must obtain an authorized account and password from the
authorized Technical and Information Services Administrator in order to access
E-Mail. The User should consider the
account and password confidential and shall not share the account or password
with any other person or leave the account open or unattended at any computer
system. Accounts and passwords may be
terminated at any time for any reason by the Superintendent or his designee or
the authorized technical and Information Services Administrator.
7540.03.13.5 Use of
The following provisions apply to all student Users of the
Users may not use the E-Mail system for any illegal activity, including but not
limited to violation of copyright laws.
Personal information about students including, but not limited to student
names, addresses and phone numbers shall not be transmitted outside the
district network, without written permission from the student or his/her
may not be used for private or commercial offerings of products or services for
sale, or to solicit products or services.
7540.03.13.5.4 Users of the E-Mail system shall not use
E-Mail in any way that would be considered:
(a) damaging to another’s reputation; (b) abusive; (c) obscene; (d)
sexually oriented; (e) offensive; (f) threatening; (g) harassing; (h) illegal;
or (i) contrary to school policy.
Users shall not attempt to read, delete, copy or modify the E-Mail of any other
Users shall not deliberately interfere with the ability of other Users to
Users shall not use the E-Mail system in a fashion that is inconsistent with
directions from teachers, other staff, the authorized Technical and Information
Services Administrator, and generally accepted network etiquette.
Users shall not use the E-Mail system to disseminate material or information on
the behalf of or with regard to professional unions, collective bargaining,
private businesses or associations, or political campaigns or organizations
without the express written consent of the Superintendent.
Users shall report illegal or unauthorized use of the E-Mail or on line systems
to the supervising teacher or the authorized Technical and Information Services
Users shall not respond to unsolicited E-Mail messages from any source without
the permission of their supervising teacher.
Users shall not respond to E-Mail or on-line information which consists of
obscene, suggestive, illegal, offensive, pornographic or objectionable
Use of the E-Mail system contrary to this policy or in an
illegal manner shall be subject to revocation of privileges and potential
disciplinary and/or appropriate legal action.
Use and Maintenance
Users should periodically remove or erase their E-Mail or
other files stored on a district file server.
E-Mail or other files stored on a district file server are not
considered private property or communications and may be removed by the
authorized Technical and Information Services Administrator without prior
notice to the User.