INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

The Rome City School District will enforce the following administrative procedures. Although some specific examples of prohibited uses by students and employees are stated, they are intended as illustrations only and do not purport to be an all-inclusive list of inappropriate behaviors. Failure to comply with these administrative procedures shall be deemed grounds for revocation of privileges, potential disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action for both students and staff. Definitions Internet: any and all electronic information exchange, storage, or retrieval systems including, but not limited to, all hardware, software, e-mail, Internet, fax machines, local-area networks, wide-area networks, and electronic tools. User: any student or employee participating in the Internet activity. This includes a primary participant actually addressing a particular keyboard and monitor and any secondary participants (observers actively involved in the Internet activity along with the primary participant.

 

Terms and Conditions

Acceptable Use

Access to the school's Internet is provided for educational purposes and research consistent with the school system's educational mission and goals. Students/parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be required to sign the Internet Agreement Form allowing their students to access the Internet. All students shall also be required to sign said form affirming that they have read and understand the administrative procedure on "Appropriate Use of the Internet" and understand the consequences for the violation of said administrative procedure. Privileges The use of the school system's Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use of the Internet by a user may result in the cancellation of those privileges. The principal, or designee(s), shall make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time.

Unacceptable Use

The user is responsible for all his/her actions and activities involving the Internet. Examples of prohibited conduct include but are not limited to the following:

● Accessing, sending, or posting communications that are: ● damaging to another's reputation, ● abusive, ● obscene, ● sexually-oriented, ● threatening, ● contrary to the school's policy on harassment, ● harassing, or ● illegal. ● Using the Internet for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts or transmitting any material in violation of U.S. and State regulations; ● Using the Internet for private financial or commercial gain; ● Wastefully using resources; ● Utilizing any software having the purpose of damaging the school unit's system or other user's system; ● Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities; ● Invading the privacy of individuals; ● Using another user's account or password; ● Posting material unauthorized or created by another without his/her consent; ● Posting anonymous messages; ● Using the Internet for commercial or private advertising; ● Forging of electronic mail messages; ● Attempting to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other system users and deliberately interfering with the ability of other system users to send/receive electronic mail; ● Using the Internet while access privileges are suspended or revoked; and ● Using the Internet in a fashion inconsistent with directions from teachers and other staff and generally accepted Internet etiquette.