ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR EMPLOYEES
mission is to educate every student to become a life-long learner, to foster
academic, social, emotional and physical development, to nurture an
understanding and respect for all people in a multicultural and multiethnic
world, and to promote responsible citizenship in a democracy.
District believes that the benefits to educators and support staff from access
to educational technologies, in the form of information resources and
opportunities for collaboration, far exceed any disadvantages of access. Technology is more than computers - it is the
tools, skills and curriculum required for most effective teaching and learning
in our electronic-based information and science-oriented society.
Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers and
millions of subscribers throughout the world.
The Franklin Square network also
connects students and staff. The Franklin Square network is capable of providing
collaborative areas designed for curriculum and problem-solving in the 21st
Century. The purpose of authorizing
employee use of the Internet and the Franklin Square
network is to provide students, faculty and support staff access to information
resources for instructional and instructional support purposes. The District regards this access as a
privilege, not a right.
of school district computers for access to the Internet shall be subject to the
District’s Internet Safety Policy and Internet Safety Policy Regulations. Some of the information on the Internet may
not be appropriate for student or staff use. Therefore, it is essential for
each user to recognize his/her responsibility in having access to vast services,
sites, systems and people. In spite of our efforts to establish regulations for
the District’s computer use, all concerned must be aware that there may be
material or communications on the Internet or other networks that District
staff, parents and students would find objectionable and may even be illegal.
The District filtering policy may not conform to the social values of every
student or their family. The District cannot filter all inappropriate materials
and cannot be held responsible for student or staff access to these materials.
The user is ultimately responsible for his/her actions in accessing Internet
resources. The user is responsible for promptly reporting any inappropriate
message or website received on district computers. Just as faculty and other
staff are required to follow social codes and behaviors that are acceptable at
school, they need to follow the correct procedures and rules for using the
users (including students, faculty and staff) must follow these
guidelines. Failure to comply with these
guidelines may result in disciplinary or legal action as well as suspension
and/or revocation of access
computers, networks and Internet access are provided to support the educational
mission of the school. They are to be
used for school district purposes.
Incidental personal use of school computers must not interfere with the
user’s performance of his or her responsibilities as a faculty/staff member,
must not violate any of the rules contained in this guideline and must not
damage the school’s hardware, software or computer communications systems.
technologies included in this policy:
· Telephones - phone lines
· Writable CD-ROM drives
· Local area network
· Wide area network
· Computer peripherals
· Other related equipment
educational purpose, a user may:
· Research assigned class related projects
· Send appropriate electronic mail (e-mail) to other
· Explore other computer systems
· Create material for posting
The things a user must
not do include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Use the district’s computer systems for commercial
· Infringe on any copyrights or other intellectual
property rights, including copying, installing, receiving, transmitting or
making available any copyrighted software
· Use the equipment to receive, transmit or make
available to others messages that are racist, sexist, abusive or harassing to
others. Board policies prohibiting
sexual harassment also apply to communication on school computer systems
· Use of district’s computer system to solicit for or
announce fund raising events
· Download or load software applications without
· Create and/or place a computer virus
on the network
· Use the equipment to send anonymous messages or files,
or transmit or propagate chain letters
· Use the equipment to receive, transmit or make
available to others messages that
are inconsistent with the school’s code of conduct
including but limited to obscene, offensive, or sexually explicit material
· Use the equipment to request home phone numbers and
later make obscene phone calls to those numbers
· Reveal the personal address, telephone number or other
personal information of another person
· Retransmit or post private messages or other material
received from another person
· Use the equipment to send and/or receive an excessive
number of personal messages
· Intentionally disrupt network traffic or crash the
network and connected systems
· Degrade or disrupt equipment or system performance
the District computing resources for commercial or financial gain or fraud
· Steal data, equipment, or intellectual property
· Gain or seek to gain unauthorized access to any files,
resources, or computer or phone systems, or vandalize the data of the District
or another user
· Wastefully use finite resources
· Possess any data, which might be considered a
violation of these rules in paper, magnetic (disks) or any other form
is NO PRIVACY GUARANTEE for electronic mail (e-mail), home directories
or any use of the District equipment.
The District reserves the right to access and view any material stored
on District equipment or a material used in conjunction with the District
contents of all web pages must be approved and developed in accord with the
foregoing District guidelines. Any user in violation of these guidelines should
be reported to the faculty or staff member’s immediate supervisor. Illegal
activities are strictly prohibited. Information pertaining to or implicating
illegal or unlawful activity will be reported to the proper authorities.
Displaying or transmission of any material in violation of any federal, state
and/or local law or regulation is prohibited.
This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening
or obscene material or material protected by trade secret. Users must respect
all intellectual and property rights and laws.
with the Copyright Act of 1976, a user may make “fair use” of a copyrighted
work for purposes of criticism, comment, new reporting, teaching, scholarship,
or research. Students, faculty and staff
must always avoid plagiarism.
signing this Consent and Waiver Form the user agrees to abide by the
restrictions outlined in this guideline. I
have read and fully understand this guideline and agree to abide by its
specific conditions and services being offered may change from time to time.
Further, a user should be aware that the District does not have control of the
information on the Internet, nor can it provide barriers to users accessing the
full range of information that is available.
Computer/Internet user is held responsible for his/her actions and activity
within his/her account. Unacceptable uses of the network may result in
disciplinary action as well as the suspension or revocation of access
privileges, and/or legal action. Users are responsible for safeguarding
passwords, classified and/or confidential material (i.e. student records) and
will be held accountable for the consequences of intentional disclosure of
understand that the Franklin
Square Union Free School District
makes no warranties with respect to the Computer/Internet service. I further
understand that there is no expectation
of privacy in any e-mail or any other use of the District computers.
consideration for the privilege of using the Franklin Square UFSD Computer
Network and equipment, on behalf of myself, I hereby release and discharge the
Franklin Square Union Free School District, and its respective officers,
employees and agents, from any and all claims and liabilities arising out of or
resulting from any use, operation, or inability to use the District
computers. I agree to be responsible for
damages caused by any intentional misuse of equipment, and to be subject to the
disciplinary action for violation of this Policy.
questions about this guideline should be directed to the Assistant
Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
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December 3, 2008