Student Acceptable Computer Usage Policy

Saint Christopher School offers Internet access for student use. This document contains the Acceptable Use Policy for your use of the Saint Christopher School network.

A. Educational Purpose

The Network has been established for a limited educational purpose. The term "educational purpose" includes classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities.
  1. The Network has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. Saint Christopher School has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in the disciplinary code and the law in your use of the Network.
  2. You may not use The Network for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the Network.
  3. You may not use The Network for political lobbying, but you may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express your opinion on political issues.

B. Student Internet Access

  1. All students will have access to the Internet and World Wide Web information resources through their classroom, library, or school computer lab.
  2. You and your parent must sign a Computer Use Agreement to be granted access to the Network. This Agreement must be renewed on an annual basis. You parent can withdraw their approval at any time.

C. Unacceptable Uses

The following uses of The Network are considered unacceptable:

1. Personal Safety

  1. You will not post personal contact information about yourself or other people. Personal contact information includes your address, telephone, school address, work address, etc.
  2. You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without your parent's approval. Your parent should accompany you to this meeting.
  3. You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employee any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

2. Illegal Activities

  1. You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to The Network or to any other computer system through The Network or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".
  2. You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading compu0 er viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
  3. You will not use The Network to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of person, etc.

3. System Security

  1. You are responsible for your individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your account. Under no conditions should you provide your password to another person.
  2. You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
  3. You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the District virus protection procedures if you download software.

4. Inappropriate Language

  1. Restrictions against Inappropriate Language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages.
  2. You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
  3. You will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
  4. You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
  5. You will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a You are told by a person to stop sending them messages, you must stop.
  6. You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

5. Respect for Privacy

  1. You will not repost a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.
  2. ou will not post private information about another person.

6. Respecting Resource Limits.

  1. You will use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited, high-quality, self-discovery activities. There is no limit on use for education and career development activities.
  2. You will not download large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, you 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 your personal computer.
  3. You will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
  4. You will limit the amount of printing done. All work should be check and Print Previewed before printing. There is no printing without the permission of the teacher. Color printing is only to be done when specifically told to do so.

7. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

  1. You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.
  2. You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner. Copyright law can be very confusing. If you have questions ask a teacher.

8. Inappropriate Access to Material

  1. You will not use The Network to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature). A special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of your access is to conduct research and both your teacher and parent have approved.
  2. If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher or another District employee (or disclose this access in the manner specified by your school). This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy.
  3. Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that they think it would be inappropriate for you to access. The district fully expects that you will follow your parent's instructions in this matter.
  4. You will not access community web sites unless given specific instructions by your teacher.