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Student Computer and Internet Use Rules

Maine School Administrative District No. 31


These rules implement Board policy IJNDB - Student Computer and Internet Use.  The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users.  Failure to comply with Board policy IJNDB and these rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.

    1. Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right 

        Student use of the school unit's computers, networks, and Internet services is a privilege, not a right.  Unacceptable use/activity
        may result in suspension or cancellation of privileges as well as additional disciplinary and/or legal action.  The building principal
        shall have final authority to decide whether a student's privileges will be denied or revoked.           

    2. Acceptable Use

        Student access to the school unit's computers, networks, and Internet services are provided for educational purposes and research
        consistent with the school unit's educational mission, curriculum, and instructional goals.  The same rules and expectations govern
        student use of computers as apply to other student conduct and communications.  Students are further expected to comply with
        these rules and all specific instructions from the teacher or other supervising staff member/volunteer when accessing the school
        unit's computers, networks, and Internet services.

    3. Prohibited Use

        The user is responsible for his/her actions and activities involving school unit computers, networks, and Internet services and for
         his/her computer files, passwords, and accounts.  Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include but are not
        limited to the following:

         1. Accessing Inappropriate Materials - Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying
             materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory,
             harassing and/or illegal:
        2. Illegal Activities - Using the school unit's computers, networks and Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that
            violates other Board policies, procedures and/or school rules;
        3. Violating Copyrights - Copying or downloading copyrighted materials without the owner's permission unless the use of materials
            falls under the fair use provisions of the copyright law;
        4. Plagiarism - Representing as one's own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.).  When
            Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and Web site must be identified;
        5. Copying Software - Copying or downloading software without the express authorization of the system administrator;
        6. Non-School-Related Uses - Using the school unit's computers, networks and Internet services for non-school-related purposes
            such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes, or for any other personal use;
        7. Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access - Sharing passwords, using other users' passwords without permission and/or
            accessing other users' accounts;
        8. Malicious Use/Vandalism - Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school unit's computers, networks and Internet services,
            including but not limited to hacking activities and creation/uploading of computer viruses; and
        9. Unauthorized Access to Chat Rooms/News Groups - Accessing chat rooms or news groups without specific authorization from
             the supervising teacher.

    4.    No Expectation of Privacy

           The School unit retains control, custody, and supervision of all computers, networks, and Internet services owned or leased by
           the school unit.  The school unit reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity by students.  Students have no
           expectations of privacy in their use of school computers, including e-mail and stored files.

    5.    Compensation for Losses, Costs, and/or Damages

            The student and/or the student's parent/guardian shall be responsible for compensating the school unit for any losses, costs, or
            damages incurred by the school unit related to violations of policy IJNDB and/or these rules, including investigation of violations.

    6.    School Unit Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs, or Illegal Use

            The school unit assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges made by students including but not limited to credit card
            charges, long distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal use of its computers such as copyright

    7.    Student Security

            A student shall not reveal his/her full name, address, or telephone number on the Internet without prior permission from a
            supervising teacher.  Students should never meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental permission.
            Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or
            make them uncomfortable in any way.

    8.    System Security

            The security of the school unit's computers, networks, and Internet services is a high priority.  Any user who identifies a security
            problem must notify the system administrator.  The user shall not demonstrate the problem to others.  Any user who attempts or
             causes a breach of system security shall have his/her privileges revoked and may be subject to additional disciplinary and/or
            legal action.

    9.    Parental Permission Required

            Students are required to sign and return the Student Computer Use Acknowledgment (IJNDB-E) before being allowed to use
            school computers.  Both students and their parent/guardian are required to sign and return the Internet Access Acknowledgment
            (IJNDB-E) before students are allowed to access the Internet.   

Cross Reference: IJNDB - Student Computer and Internet Use   

Adopted:            04/16/1997                               
Revision:            09/20/2006