Nativity BVM High School
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
COMPUTING AND INTERNET ACCESS
Please read the following carefully before signing this document. This is a legally binding document.
SECTION ONE: GENERAL COMPUTING POLICY
1) Acceptable Use
In order to ensure smooth system operations, the system administrator has the authority to monitor all accounts. A user must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws. A user can be monitored at any time. Once a user receives a user ID to be used to access a computer or network and computer systems on that network, he or she is solely responsible for all actions taken while using the user ID. Therefore the following are prohibited:
a) Applying for a user ID under false pretenses
b) Sharing your user ID with any other person. (If you do share your user ID with another person, you will be solely responsible for the actions of that other person)
c) Deletion, examination, copying, or modification of files and/or data belonging to other users without their prior consent
d) Attempts to evade or change resource quotas
e) Use of facilities and/or services for commercial purposes
f) Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages or disrupts a computing system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction is a violation, regardless of system location or time duration
g) Copying programs purchased by you onto Nativity BVM High School computers and/or the network systems, without the express, written consent of Nativity BVM High School.
h) Copying programs licensed to Nativity BVM High School for personal use.
i) Abusing computer equipment.
As a user of a computer or network, you may be allowed to access other networks and/or computer systems attached to those networks. Therefore the following are prohibited:
a) Use of systems and/or networks in attempts to gain unauthorized access to remote systems
b) Decryption of system or user passwords
c) Copying, deleting, or moving system files
d) Deleting, examining, copying, or modifying files and/or data belonging to other users
e) Copying of copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner or the proper license
f) The willful introduction of computer “viruses” or other disruptive or destructive programs into the computer and/or network or into external computers and/or networks
g) Vandalism is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, any attempt to harm or destroy the data of another user, the network/lnternet, or any networks or sites connected to the network/lnternet. Attempts to breach security codes and/or passwords will also be considered a form of vandalism.
h) Willful destruction of computer hardware or software, or attempts to exceed or modify the parameters of the system is prohibited. Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the school/institution operator from intercepting and stopping E-mail messages which have the capacity to overload the computer resources. Discipline may be imposed for intentional overloading of school/institution computer resources.
SECTION TWO: INTERNET ACCESS
Internet access is now available to employees and students of Nativity BVM High School. This access is being offered as part of a collaborative project involving Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates. We are pleased to bring this access to Nativity BVM High School and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to administrators, teachers, employees, and students. Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence at Nativity BVM High School by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.
The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Administrators, teachers, employees, and students have access to:
* electronic mail communication with people all over the world;
* access to many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress, and ERIC,
* discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Japanese culture to music to politics to the environment,
* public domain and shareware of all types;
* information and news from NASA, as well as the opportunity to correspond with the scientists at NASA and other research institutions.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the school setting. Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates have taken precautions, which are limited to known sites, to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We, Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates, firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of this Project.
Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If a Nativity BVM High School user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. Disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, criminal prosecution under appropriate state and federal laws may also be taken. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.
INTERNET ACCESS – TERMS and CONDITIONS
1) Acceptable Use
The purpose of accessing the Internet is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the United States by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research, and consistent with the educational objectives of Nativity BVM High School. Each user is personally responsible for this provision at all times when using the network.
a) Use of other organization’s network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network.
b) Transmission of any material in violation of local, state, and/or federal statutes or regulations is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, material protected by trade secret, threatening or obscene material, and criminal activity.
c) Use by student users for commercial activities or product advertisement (including campaigns for student government/council) is prohibited.
d) Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt network use by others.
e) NEVER reveal personal information, such as your address, phone number, password, or social security number. This also applies to others’ personal information or that of organizations.
f) Use of the network or computer resources to publicly oppose, degrade, or intentionally misrepresent any teachings, beliefs, or practices of the Catholic Church are strictly prohibited.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. (Each student who receives an account will be a part of a discussion with a Nativity BVM High School faculty member pertaining to proper use of the network.) The system administrator will deem what is inappropriate use and his or her decision is final. Also, the system administrator may close an account at any time. An administrator, faculty member, or staff of Nativity BVM High School has the right to request, for cause, that the system administrator denies, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.
3) Network Etiquette
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette (netiquette). These include, but are not limited, to the following:
a) Be polite. Do not send, or encourage others to send, abusive messages
b) Use appropriate language. Remember that you are a representative of your school and district on a non-private network. You may be alone on a computer, but what you say can be viewed around the world. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.
c) All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.
4) Electronic Mail (E-Mail)
Whenever you send electronic mail, your name and userlD are included in each message you are responsible for all electronic mail originating from your userlD. Therefore:
a) Unauthorized attempts to access another person’s E-mail or similar electronic communications or to use another’s name, E-mail or computer address or workstation to send E-mail or similar electronic communications is prohibited and may subject the individual to disciplinary action.
b) All users must understand that the school/institution cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of electronic documents and any messages that are confidential as a matter of law should not be communicated over the E-mail
c) The school/institution reserves the right to access E-mail to retrieve school/institution information and records. To engage in routine computer maintenance and housekeeping, to carry out internal investigations, or to disclose messages, data or files to law enforcement authorities.
d) Any information contained on a school/institution computer’s hard drive or computer disks which were purchased by the school/institution are considered the property of the school/institution.
e) Forgery (or attempted forgery) of electronic mail is prohibited.
f) Attempts to sending harassing, obscene and/or other threatening e
g) Attempts at sending unsolicited junk mail, “for profit” messages or chain letters are prohibited.
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Never use another person’s account to log on to the system. If you feel you can identify a security problem, you must notify the system administrator, or send an E-mail message to the Principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not reveal your account password to anyone. Users are responsible for any misuse of their account that is due to their own negligence. Users are responsible for reporting unauthorized use of their account to the system administrator.
6) Updating Your User Information
If any information on your account changes, e.g., telephone number, location, home address. It is your responsibility to notify the system administrator.
Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates make no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates will not be responsible for any damages you may suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the system is at your own risk. Nativity BVM High School and American Computer Associates specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
Adopted by Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville, PA on August 27, 2001
The Department of Education of the Diocese of Allentown would like to thank Bishop O’Reilly High School, Kingston, PA, the Luzerne Intermediate Unit #18, and the Diocese of Galveston-Houston for their assistance in developing this Acceptable Use Policy.