Internet Acceptable Usage Policy
A) Personal Safety Violations for Students
- Student users will not post or transmit photographs or personal contact information about themselves or other people without prior written parental consent from the parent of the student whose information is being posted. Such consent must be delivered to the child’s teacher or principal. Personal contact information includes, but is not limited to: home address, telephone number, birth date, school name, school address and classroom.
- Student users will not agree to meet with someone they have met online without their parent’s approval and participation.
- Student users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
B) Illegal Activities
- Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Department of Education or WJPS system or to any other computer system through the Department of Education or WJPS system, or go beyond their authorized access. This prohibition includes intentionally seeking information about passwords belonging to other users, modifying passwords belonging to other users, or attempting to log in through another person’s account.
- Users shall not attempt to subvert network security, impair the functionality of the network or bypass restrictions set by network administrators. Users are also prohibited from destroying data by spreading computer viruses or vandalizing data, software or equipment.
- Users shall not use the Department of Education or WJPS system to engage in any other illegal activity, threatening the safety of a person, etc.
C) System Security Violations
- Users are responsible for the use of their individual account if applicable and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use their account. Under no conditions should a user provide their password to another person, except to supervisors and/or teachers who may require users to provide their passwords.
- Student users will immediately notify a teacher if they identify a possible security problem (such as disclosure of their password to another person) and other users will immediately notify the system administrator.
D) Inappropriate Language
- Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
- Users will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, abusive or disrespectful language.
- Users will not post information that could interfere with the educational process or cause a danger or disruption in the educational environment.
- Users will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks
- Users will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.
- Users will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
- Users should not post private information about another person.
E) Respecting Resource Limits
- Users will use the system only for educational and professional activities.
- Users will not download large files without permission. If necessary, users will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to their personal computer or USB drive.
F) Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
- Users will not plagiarize works that they find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user.
- Users will respect the rights of copyright owners and not infringe on those rights. Copyright infringement occurs when an individual inappropriately reproduces a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies acceptable use of that work, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If the user is unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission form the copyright owner.
G) Access to Inappropriate Material
- Users will not use the Department of Education or WJPS system to access material that is profane or obscene (e.g. pornography), that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards others (e.g. hate literature). For students, a special exception may be made if the purpose is to conduct research and is approved in writing by both the teacher and the parent. Department employees may access the above material only in the context of legitimate research expressly approved in writing by the employee’s supervisor.
- If users inadvertently access such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access to the Principal so that the website URL may be blocked in the future. This will protect users against an allegation they have intentionally violated the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.