Electronic/Network Acceptable Usage Policy
The District will exercise reasonable effort to limit student access to inappropriate materials, but cannot provide assurance that all materials are appropriate. The ultimate responsibility for monitoring electronic network usage is that of the student and the student’s parent or guardian or, in the case of staff member usage, the staff member using the system. The District further provides no assurance that any specific information, service or system presently available on the electronic network will continue to be available. Access to the electronic network is a privilege which will be lost in the event of failure to comply with any of the terms of the Worthington City Schools’ Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP), a policy which must be read and approved in writing by each staff member, student and in the cases of students under the age of 18, the student’s parent or guardian.
Terms and Conditions for Electronic Network Usage
1. Acceptable Use
Access to the electronic network is made available for the purpose of supporting educational research, education and collaboration in and among educational institutions in the United States and elsewhere. All electronic network usage must be consistent with these purposes, the terms of this AUP and all provisions of law governing the actions of the user.
2. Uses Not Acceptable
The following are examples of types of specific conduct that is not an acceptable electronic network use. The enumeration of the following is by way of example and not by way of limitation.
A. Transmission or reception of any material in violation of any United States or state regulation, including the unauthorized transmission or reception of copyrighted material; the transmission of any harassing, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret; transmission of any vulgar or obscene material.
B. Use of the electronic network for any commercial purpose or for political lobbying (other than the expression of personal views).
The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy and review at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the electronic network and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy in such material.
The District makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied, in connection with the electronic network access provided under this agreement, nor shall the District be responsible for any loss, cost or damages of any kind suffered, directly or indirectly, by any user of the electronic network under this agreement. By signing this agreement the user, and, in the case of a minor student, the student’s parent or guardian agrees to indemnify and hold the District harmless from any and all loss, cost or damages resulting from the use of the computer network authorized under this agreement, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchases of goods or services by the user over the electronic network.
A password is provided each authorized user under this agreement. User agrees not to disclose his/her password to any person and to use only the password provided in accessing the system. User will notify the building principal or principal’s designee of any improper password use on the part of any person and any other security problem observed in connection with the electronic network usage.
Vandalism is any unauthorized attempt to harm, modify or destroy data of another user, the electronic network or any computer system connected to the electronic network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Vandalism is strictly prohibited.
7. Controversial or Offensive Material
Access to the electronic network is provided for educational purposes only. Students, staff and parents or guardian are advised that access to the electronic network may include the potential for access to materials inappropriate for school-aged students. It is the responsibility of each user to control his/her use of the system to the proper uses and avoid access to or use of inappropriate material. Any user becoming aware of the access to such material by any other user shall immediately report that access to the building principal or principal’s designee.
8. Network Etiquette
All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. Be polite. Use appropriate language. No swearing, no vulgarities, no suggestive, obscene, belligerent or threatening language.
B. Beware of illegal activities which are strictly prohibited.
C. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers or that of any other students or colleagues.
D. Do not arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without parental permission if you are a minor.
E. Note that electronic mail (e-mail) and other files are not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail and may read what is sent or received. Inappropriate or illegal messages or activities will be reported to law-enforcement authorities.
F. Do not use the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users.
G. All communications and information accessible via the electronic network should be assumed to be private property. Proper observation of copyright laws is expected and citations for material abstracted must be made.
H. When using building-assigned accounts, the user should remember that he/she is representing the building each time that account is used.
I. A user should not reveal his/her password to anyone. Anyone with your password can change it, thus making it impossible for you to access the account.
9. Termination of User Privileges
Violation of any of the above may result in the reduction, limitation or termination of the user privileges at any time following due process procedures. Violation of the policy and regulations by students is also a violation of the District Student Discipline Code and may result in punishment as provided therein. Violation on the part of staff may result in appropriate discipline or termination of employment.
[Approval date: July 22, 2002]
[Revised: February 13, 2012]
Worthington School District
Electronic Acceptable Usage Agreement
I have read, understand and will abide by the terms of the Worthington City School District’s Electronic Services Standards. Should I commit any violation or in any way misuse the electronic network services or the school’s computer network, my access privileges may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken.
Name (Print, ALL CAPS):_____________________ Phone: ___________________
User Signature _______________________________ Date:_____________________
User: (circle) Student Student 18 or over Volunteer Employee
Worthington School District Parent or Guardian
Electronic Acceptable Usage Agreement
(If a user is under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also read and sign the District Electronic Usage Agreement.)
As the parent or legal guardian of this student, I have read, understand and agree that my child or ward shall comply with the terms of the Worthington City School District Electronic Services Standards. I understand that access to the electronic network is designed for educational purposes only. However, I also recognize it is impossible for the Worthington School District to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I agree to hold the Worthington City School District and its officers, agents and employees from any and all liability of any kind that may result from my child or ward’s access to inappropriate materials in connection with network usage. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use of a District account is not in a school setting. I hereby give permission for my child to use the building-provided account to access the electronic network and other services.
Parent/Guardian Name (Please Print):________________ Phone:____________
Signature _______________________________ Date: _________________________