General User Policy

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Central Unified School District

Student Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Contract

Central Unified School District has actively pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students. With this new tool, students must understand and practice proper and ethical use of district resources and agree to the following conditions before its use.

I,_____________________________ (student’s name) and my parent or guardian, ____________________________, agree to all of the following provisions regarding student use of technology resources on District premises or at a school-sponsored event.

1. Acceptable Use of Internet Resources
Internet access through Central Unified School District is intended solely to enhance the delivery of educational material and communication. Use of the Internet resources must be consistent with the educational objectives of CUSD and any improper use will result in revocation of the users' privileges. Intentional misuse may also constitute grounds for student discipline up to and including expulsion.

CUSD Internet access is expressly prohibited for any of the following:

         access to pornographic or sexually explicit materials,

         access to information promoting or instructing in acts of terrorism or treason,

         access to information instructing or promoting armed rebellion, racial or ethnic discrimination, or other forms of hate crimes,

         access to information pertaining to the design, purchase, acquisition, or construction of any type of weapon or explosive device, or other instrument capable of causing physical harm or death,

         access to information that in any way advocates, instructs, or promotes the violation of any laws of the State of California or the United States of America.

         Transmission or downloading of copyrighted material, including but not limited to music, software and  movies

2. Privilege
        The use of CUSD information services is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use, including any violation of these conditions and rules will result in cancellation of these privileges. CUSD, under this contract, is delegated the authority to determine appropriate use and may deny, revoke, suspend or close any user account at any time based upon a determination of inappropriate use by a student user.
3. Monitoring
        CUSD reserves the right to review any material on user accounts and to monitor fileserver space in order for CUSD to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. CUSD also reserves the right to monitor and report Internet activity.
4.  Email Etiquette

        Use of the Internet resources must be consistent with the educational objectives of CUSD and any improper use will result in revocation of the users' privileges All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

         Be polite. Do not get abusive in your messages to others.

         Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Do not engage in activities that are prohibited under state and federal law.

         Do not reveal addresses, telephone numbers or personal information for yourself or others.

         Note that electronic mail (email) is not private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities and will result in the loss of user privileges.

         Do not use the Internet in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by others.

         All communication and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed private property of those who put it on the network. Copyright restrictions must be adhered to with all electronic resources.


5. Procedures for Use
        User shall not play non-instructional games or use the computer resources in a manner that would constitute unauthorized use of CUSD equipment, time, materials or facilities.
6. Software

Installation of or downloading non-district approved software is prohibited. Instructional software must be approved in accordance with BP/AR 6161 – Procedures and Criteria for Selection and Evaluation of Electronic Resources

7. Security
        Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. A user must never allow others to use his/her password. Users should also protect their passwords to ensure system security and their own privileges and ability to continue use of the system. If a user can identify a security problem with CUSD Information Services, including the Internet, he/she must notify a system administrator. He/she should not demonstrate the problem to other users. Attempts to log on to the CUSD Information Services as a system administrator may result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to services.

8. Vandalism and Harassment
        Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges. Vandalism includes, but is not limited to any malicious attempt to harm, modify, or destroy data of another user, Internet or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading and creating of computer viruses. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the persistent annoyance of another user, the interference of another user's work or the sending of unwanted mail.

9. Encounter of Controversial Material
        Users may encounter material that they interpret as controversial, inappropriate or offensive. However, on the Internet, it is impossible to control the content of data and a user may discover controversial materials. It is the user's responsibility not to initiate access to such material. CUSD shall not be held liable for any decision to restrict or regulate access to Internet materials. It is the user's responsibility to report any controversial material to the Information Services department staff.

10. Ability to Update
        CUSD Information Services may occasionally require new registration and account information for student users to continue service. Users must notify the Information Services staff of any changes to their account information.

11. Penalties for Improper Use
Any user violating these rules, applicable state and federal laws, or CUSD policies is subject to loss of access privileges and any other CUSD disciplinary options up to and including expulsion. In addition, pursuant to State of California law, any unauthorized Internet access, attempted access, or use of any state computing and/or network system is a violation of section 502 of the California Penal Code and/or other applicable federal laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution.

Student                                                                                                 Parent/Guardian

Signature:______________________________________  Signature:________________________________