GISD Student AGREEMENT/Acceptable Use Policy For
Technology Resources and Electronic Communication System
These guidelines are provided so students and parents are aware of the responsibilities students accept when they use District-owned technology devices, communication technologies and Internet access. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of all technology resources. You are being given access to the District’s electronic communication system. With this educational opportunity comes responsibility. It is important that you read the District’s policy, administrative regulations, and agreement form and ask questions if you need help in understanding them. Inappropriate system use will result in the loss of the privilege to use this educational tool. Please note that the Internet is a network of many types of communication and information networks. It is possible that you may run across areas of adult content and some material you (or your parents) might find objectionable. While the District will use filtering technology to restrict access to such material, it is not possible to absolutely prevent such access. It will be your responsibility to follow the rules for appropriate use.
- You will be held responsible at all times for the proper use of your account, and the District may suspend or revoke your access if you violate the rules.
- During the class period, student use of computers/iPads, other technology hardware, software, and technology networks, including the Internet is only allowed when supervised or an instructional staff member has granted permission.
- All users are expected to follow existing copyright laws. Copyright guidelines are posted and/or available in the media center (library) of each campus, as well as posted on the District website.
- Although the District has an Internet safety plan in place, students are expected to notify a staff member whenever they come across information or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable.
- Students who identify or know about a security problem are expected to convey the details to their teacher without discussing it with other students.
- Remember that people who receive email from you with a school address might think your message represents the school’s point of view.
Users are expected to observe the following network etiquette:
- Be polite; messages typed in capital letters are the computer/iPad equivalent of shouting and are considered rude.
- Use appropriate language; swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and any other inflammatory language are prohibited.
- Pretending to be someone else when sending/receiving messages is considered inappropriate.
- Transmitting obscene messages or pictures is prohibited.
- Using the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users is prohibited.
Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Use that violates the Student Code of Conduct.
- Using the network for illegal activities, including copyright, license or contract violations, downloading inappropriate materials, viruses, and/or software, such as but not limited to hacking and host file sharing software.
- Intentionally circumventing the district content filter
- Wasting school resources through improper use of any of the GISD computer system(s).
- Using the network for financial or commercial gain, advertising, or political lobbying.
- Accessing or exploring online locations or materials that do not support the curriculum and/or are inappropriate for school assignments, such as but not limited to pornographic sites.
- Vandalizing and/or tampering with equipment, programs, files, software, system performance or other components of the network. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited.
- Causing congestion on the network or interfering with the work of others, e.g., Bit Torrent files, unauthorized online gaming, chain letters, or broadcast messages to lists or individuals.
- Intentionally wasting finite resources, i.e., online time, real-time music, streaming non-educational video.
- Gaining unauthorized access anywhere on the network.
- Revealing the home address or phone number of one’s self or another person.
- Invading the privacy of other individuals.
- Using another user’s account, password, or ID card or allowing another user to access your account, password, or ID.
- Coaching, helping, observing or joining any unauthorized activity on the network.
- Forwarding/distributing Email messages without permission from the author.
- Posting anonymous messages or unlawful information on the system.
- Engaging in sexual harassment or using objectionable language in public or private messages, e.g., racist, terroristic, abusive, sexually explicit, threatening, stalking, cyber bullying, demeaning or slanderous.
- Falsifying permission, authorization or identification documents.
- Obtaining copies of, or modifying files, data or passwords belonging to other users on the network.
- Knowingly placing a virus on a computer, iPad or network.
- Taking photos or videos of person(s) without permission.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE USE:
- Suspension of access to the system;
- Revocation of the computer/iPad system account; or
- Other disciplinary or legal action, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and applicable laws.
- This may also require restitution for costs associated with system restoration, hardware, or software costs.
Student and Parent signatures on the signature page of the Student Code of Conduct acknowledge permission for the student to participate in the District’s electronic communications system and the acknowledgement of the following:
“I understand that my computer/iPad use is not private and that the District will monitor my activity on the computer/iPad system. I have read the District’s electronic communications system policy and administrative regulations and agree to abide by their provisions. I understand that violations of these provisions may result in suspension or revocation of system access.”
Further information regarding Graham ISD’s Electronic Communication Policies and Regulations may be found in Graham ISD Board Policy CQ (Legal) and CQ (Local).