General User Policy

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FORT SAM HOUSTON ISD’S LEARNING CONNECTIONS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA MANAGEMENT 2007-2008

STUDENT NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Students of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District have the opportunity to participate in the District’s electronic communications system and need permission to do so. Students will have access to the district network and to curriculum appropriate programs/information that reside within it. They will also have the opportunity to communicate with other schools, colleges, organizations, and individuals around the world through the Internet and other electronic information systems/networks. Fort Sam Houston ISD’s Learning Connections is provided for students to research educational information and communicate with others in relation to schoolwork and educational goals. All data stored or transmitted on district equipment will be monitored, and students have no right to privacy with regard to such data. Confidential data may not be removed from the district system and stored on non-district owned equipment. Commercial and political use of the District’s system is strictly prohibited.

The Internet is a network of networks. Through the District’s electronic communications system, students will have access to databases, libraries, and computer services all over the world.

With this opportunity also comes responsibility. It is important that students and parents/guardians read, discuss, and understand this District Network Use Policy and agreement form. Inappropriate system use will result in loss of the privilege to use this educational tool.

Please note that the Internet is an association of diverse communication and information networks. It is possible that students may encounter areas of adult content and objectionable material. While the District will take reasonable steps to preclude access to such material and does not encourage such access, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students will have access to the Internet through an account assigned to a teacher for educational purposes or through an individual account at the middle school and high school. Information and communication on networks are often public in nature. Therefore, all school rules for behavior and communications apply. Students accessing the network must do so under supervision of a teacher or administrator who must be present in the room at all times.

Access to the district network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. This access is a privilege, not a right. Parent permission is required. Therefore, based upon the Student Network Acceptable Use Policy, the system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decisions are final. The system administrators may close an account at any time. The administration of Fort Sam Houston ISD may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

Individual users of the Fort Sam Houston ISD’s Learning Connections are responsible for their use of the network and its resources. The use of these resources must be in support of education and school work. The research must be relevant and consistent with each user’s educational goals. All resource usage must be consistent with the academic expectations of Fort Sam Houston ISD. Use of other organizations’ networks or electronic resources must comply with the rules appropriate for each network. Transmission of any material in violation of U.S. or state regulations including copyrighted, threatening, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, harassing, damaging, or illegal materials is prohibited. Use of the network resources for commercial activities by for-profit organizations, product promotion, political lobbying, or illegal activities is strictly prohibited. Use of public property for personal gain is a felony and is subject to prosecution.

Each user is expected to abide by the following network rules:

  • Be solely responsible for all activities that occur with their account.

  • Be polite and respectful.

  • Use discretion. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private and does not necessarily reflect the district or campus point of view.

  • System administrators have access to all electronic mail.

  • System users will not access personal email accounts.

  • System users must maintain personal directories on the server by deleting unneeded files.

  • Use appropriate language. Swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited.

  • Installation of any hardware and software, except through the Technology Services Request process, is prohibited.

  • Do not pretend to be someone else when sending/receiving messages.

  • Do not transmit obscene or inappropriate textual or graphical material.

  • Do not use the network in such a way that disrupts its use by others.

  • Do not write or send abusive messages.

  • Do not reveal unauthorized information, including but not limited to name, personal address, telephone numbers, and bank account numbers or credit card numbers of the user or others.

  • Do not compromise security of the network. Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user is prohibited. This includes any “hacking”. Do not write, produce, generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s memory, file system, or software.

  • Do not borrow or share accounts or passwords.

  • Do not store passwords in written form that others may find.

  • Do not download or use copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder.

  • Do not plagiarize others’ work.

  • Be aware of copyright laws and adhere to them.

  • Do not waste school resources through the improper use of the district system.

  • Do not gain unauthorized access to restricted information or resources.

  • Do not modify other users’ files.

  • Do not modify system settings.

  • Do not access social networking sites.

  • Do not access the network through technologies such as cellular, broadband, or bluetooth.

  • Do not utilize electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, or pod technologies in testing situations

  • Do not participate in interactive blogs, podcasts, videocasts, or chatrooms on the Internet. Appropriate curricular-based activities may be scheduled for instructional use in the classroom, in accordance with District policies, regulations and guidelines.

  • System users will immediately report any known violations of the FSHISD Acceptable Use Policy to an administrator.

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Violation of any of the above mentioned rules and responsibilities will result in a loss of access and may result in other disciplinary or legal actions.

The Fort Sam Houston ISD makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the public resources accessed by users. The district will not be responsible for any damages and/or expense students may experience while using a public network such as the Internet. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, incorrect deliveries, or service interruptions. Use of the information obtained from public networks is at the student’s own risk. The Fort Sam Houston ISD specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained from public networks such as the Internet.

STUDENT AGREEMENT
FOR PARTICIPATION IN AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
FORT SAM HOUSTON ISD’S LEARNING CONNECTIONS
(Must be renewed each year)
2007-2008


I understand that my computer use is not private and that the District will monitor my activity on the
computer system. I have read the District’s Student Network Acceptable Use Policy. I agree to abide by the
District provisions. I understand that violation of these provisions may result in suspension or revocation
of system access.

 

FORT SAM HOUSTON ISD’S LEARNING CONNECTIONS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA MANAGEMENT 2007-2008

EMPLOYEE/STAFF/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS
NETWORK ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Employees/staff/school board members of the Fort Sam Houston Independent School District have the opportunity to participate in the District’s electronic communications system. Employees/staff/school board members will have access to the district network and to programs/information that reside within it. They will also have the opportunity to communicate with other schools, colleges, organizations, and individuals around the world through the Internet and other electronic information systems/networks. Fort Sam Houston ISD’s Learning Connections is provided for employees/staff/school board members to research educational information and communicate with others in relation to school work and educational goals. Access is primarily for educational purposes, but limited personal use is permitted before or after school hours and during lunch and conference periods. All data stored or transmitted on district equipment will be monitored, and employees have no right to privacy with regard to such data. Confidential data may not be removed from the district system and stored on non-district owned equipment. Commercial and political use of the District’s system is strictly prohibited.

The Internet is a network of networks. Through the District’s electronic communications system, employees/staff/school board members will have access to databases, libraries, and computer services all over the world.

With this opportunity also comes responsibility. It is important that employees/staff/school board members read and understand this District Network Use Policy and agreement form. Access to the network can then be granted after the agreement form is turned in to the campus principal or district Director of Technology. Violation of any electronic communications system policies, regulations, and guidelines may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment.

Please note that the Internet is an association of diverse communication and information networks. It is possible that employees/staff/school board members may encounter areas of adult content and objectionable material. While the District will take reasonable steps to preclude access to such material and does not encourage such access, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access. Any transmitting of obscene or inappropriate textual or graphical material is prohibited.

EMPLOYEE/STAFF/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES

Employees/staff/school board members are responsible for professional behavior on school computer networks. Information and communication on networks are often public in nature. Therefore, all general rules for behavior and communications apply.

Access to the district network services is given to employees/staff/school board members. This access is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, based upon the Network Use Policy, the system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. The system administrators may close an account at any time. The administration of Fort Sam Houston ISD may deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

Individual users of the Fort Sam Houston ISD’s Learning Connections are responsible for their use of the network and its resources. Staff members and administrators must be present at all times when their students are accessing electronic resources. The use of their accounts must primarily be in support of education and school work. All account usage must be consistent with the academic expectations of Fort Sam Houston ISD. Use of other organizations’ networks or electronic resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of federal or state regulations including copyrighted, threatening, abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, harassing, damaging, or illegal materials is prohibited. Use of the account for commercial activities by for-profit organizations, product promotion, political lobbying, or illegal activities is strictly prohibited. Use of public property for personal gain is a felony and is subject to prosecution.

Each user is expected to abide by the following network rules:

  • Be solely responsible for all activities that occur with their account.

  • Be polite and respectful.

  • Use discretion. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private and does not necessarily reflect the district or campus point of view.

  • System administrators have access to all electronic mail.

  • System users must purge electronic mail to remain within the user’s minimum 10 Mb of mailbox space.

  • System users will use their district provided email account for communication and not access other personal email accounts.

  • System users must maintain personal directories on the server by deleting unneeded files.

  • Use appropriate language. Swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited.

  • Installation of any hardware and software, except through the Technology Services Request process, is prohibited.

  • Do not pretend to be someone else when sending/receiving messages.

  • Do not transmit obscene or inappropriate textual or graphical material.

  • Do not use the network in such a way that disrupts its use by others.

  • Do not write or send abusive messages.

  • Do not reveal unauthorized information, including but not limited to name, personal address, telephone numbers, and bank account numbers or credit card numbers of the user or others.

  • Do not compromise security of the network. Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user is prohibited. This includes any “hacking.” Do not write, produce, generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self-replicate, damage, or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s memory, file system, or software.

  • Do not borrow or share accounts or passwords.

  • Do not store passwords in written form that others may find.

  • Do not download or use copyrighted information without permission from the copyright holder.

  • Do not plagiarize others’ work.

  • Be aware of copyright laws and adhere to them.

  • Do not waste school resources through the improper use of the district system.

  • Do not gain unauthorized access to restricted information or resources.

  • Do not modify other users’ files.

  • Do not modify system settings.

  • Do not access social networking sites.

  • Do not access the network through technologies such as cellular, broadband
    or bluetooth.

  • Do not utilize electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, or pod
    technologies in testing situations.

  • Do not participate in interactive blogs, podcasts, videocasts, or chatrooms on the Internet. Appropriate curricular-based activities may be scheduled for instructional use in the classroom, in accordance with District policies, regulations and guidelines.

  • System users will immediately report any known violations of the FSHISD
    Acceptable Use Policy to an administrator.

Violation of any of the above mentioned rules and responsibilities will result in the loss of access and may result in other disciplinary or legal actions.

The Fort Sam Houston ISD makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the public resources accessed by users. The district will not be responsible for any damages and/or expense employees/staff/school board members may experience while using a public network such as the Internet. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, incorrect deliveries, or service interruptions. Use of the information obtained from public networks is at the employee’s/staff’s own risk. The Fort Sam Houston ISD specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained from public networks such as the Internet.

EMPLOYEE/STAFF/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AGREEMENT
FOR PARTICIPATION IN AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
FORT SAM HOUSTON ISD’S LEARNING CONNECTIONS
(Must be renewed each year)

2007-2008

I have read the District’s Electronic Communications and Data Management Administrative Regulations and the Employee/Staff/School Board Members Network Acceptable Use Policy as provided and agree to abide by the District provisions. In consideration for the privilege of using the District’s electronic communications system and in consideration for having access to the District’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and any public networks, including but not limited to the Internet, I hereby release the District, its operators, and any institutions with which they are affiliated from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my use of, or inability to use the system, including, without limitations, the type of damages identified in the District policy and administrative regulations.

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