Technology Acceptable Use (Computers, E-Mail and Internet)

MJUSD
DIVISION 6000
INSTRUCTION
ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION

TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE (Computers, E-Mail and Internet)

Each adult user or student user enrolled in grades 7-12 of the electronic information services provided by the Muroc Joint Unified School District will be given a unique User ID. This User ID, in addition to a personal password, will allow the user to access the system.

Personal Responsibility

Each user of the District's electronic information service will accept personal responsibility for reporting any misuse of the network to the system administrator. Misuse can come in many forms, but it is commonly viewed as any message sent or received that indicates or suggests pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described below.

Acceptable Use

The use of each assigned account must be in support of education and research and with the educational goals and objectives of the Muroc Joint Unified School District. Each user is personally responsible for this provision at all times when using the electronic information service.

  1. Use of other organization's networks or computing resources must comply with rules appropriate to that network.

  2. Transmission of any material in violation of any United States or other state organization is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.

  3. Use of commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable.

  4. Use of product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

Each user will be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic information resources can be a violation of local, state and federal laws, and that he/she can be prosecuted for violating those laws.

Privileges

The use of the information system is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each user will be issued a password upon receipt of a signed Acceptable Use Agreement, and will participate in an orientation or training course with a staff member as to proper behavior and use of the network. The site administrator or designee may close an account at any time deemed necessary. Other staff may request that the site administrator or designee deny, revoke or suspend specific user accounts. If questions arise as to appropriate use, the site administrator or designee, in accordance with Board and District policy, will decide what is appropriate.

Services

The Muroc Joint Unified School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Muroc Joint Unified School District will not be responsible for any damages suffered while on this system. These damages include loss of data as a result of delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or the user's errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the information system is at the user's own risk. The Muroc Joint Unified School District specifically disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through its services.

Security

Security on any computer system is a high priority because there are so many users. If a user identifies a security problem, the user will notify the teacher, staff member or administrator immediately. The user will never demonstrate the problem to other users. Users are strictly prohibited from sharing login or password information. All use of the system must be under the user's own account. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access to the information system.

Vandalism
Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or any other agencies or networks that are connected to the system. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Any vandalism will result in the loss of computer services, disciplinary action and legal referral.

System Security

Staff, students or parents/guardians (where applicable) are prohibited from bringing in their own software or downloading information from the Internet to use on District computers without prior approval of the site administrator or designee.

Network Etiquette and Privacy
Each user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These rules include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Be Polite: Never send, or encourage others to send, abusive messages.

  2. Use Appropriate Language: Remember that you are a representative of our school and District on a non-private system. You may be alone with your computer, but what you say and do can be viewed globally! Never swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities of any kind are strictly forbidden.

  3. Privacy: Do not reveal your home address or personal phone number or the addresses and phone numbers of students or colleagues.

  4. Electronic Mail: Electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities must be reported to the authorities.

  5. Information: The information accessed by the use of electronic services may or may not be accurate. The District makes no guarantees of any kind concerning the accuracy of information obtained on-line.

  6. Disruptions: Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt use of the network by others.

  7. Vandalism: Never move, delete or trash any applications or files that are not yours.

  8. Sharing Accounts: You are responsible for your account. Never share your login or password with other users. Any misuse of your account is your responsibility.

  9. Misuse: Report any misuse of the network to a teacher, staff member or administrator.

Updating

The information service may occasionally require new registration and account information from users to continue the service. Each user must notify the site administrator or designee of any changes in his/her account information.

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