Use of Technology

Use of Technology
 
Educational Purpose
 
The system has been established for a limited educational purpose.  The term “educational purpose” includes student related classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality student self-discovery activities.
 
The system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum.  The district has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material students and staff access or post through the system.  Staff members are also expected to follow the rules set forth and the law in their use of the system.
 
Staff Internet Access
 
All staff have access to Internet World Wide Web information resources through their classroom, library or school computer lab.
 
Staff will not access any e-mail account (other than those assigned by the school for educational activities) or chat room.
 
Unacceptable Uses
 
The following uses of the system are considered unacceptable:
 
Personal Safety
 
Staff may not use the system for personal commercial purposes.  In other words, staff may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the system for personal use.
 
Staff may not use the system for political lobbying, but may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express opinions on political issues.
 
Staff members will promptly disclose to his/her administrator any message he/she receives that is inappropriate or makes him/her feel uncomfortable.
 
Illegal Activities
 
Staff members will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the system or to any other computer system through the system or go beyond authorized access.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another’s files.  These actions are illegal, even if only for the purpose of “browsing.”
 
Staff members will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.  These actions are illegal.
 
Staff members will not use the system to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of others, gambling, etc.
 
System Security
 
Staff members are responsible for his/her individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use said account.  Under no conditions should a staff member provide his/her password to another person.
 
Staff members will immediately notify an administrator or the system administrator if he/she has identified a possible security problem.  Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.
 
Staff members will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the district virus protection procedures for downloading software.
 
Inappropriate Language
 
Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on web pages.
 
Staff members will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.
 
Staff members will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.
 
Staff members will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.
 
Staff members will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.  If a staff member is told by a person to stop sending them messages, he/she must stop.
 
Staff members will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
 
Respect for privacy
 
Staff members will not re-post a message that was sent to him/her privately without permission of the person who sent the message.
 
Staff members will not post private information about another person.
 
Respecting resource limits
 
Staff members will use the system only for educational and student related career development activities and limited, high-quality, student self-discovery activities.
 
Staff members will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming.”  Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
 
Staff members should check his/her e-mail frequently during the day and delete unwanted messages promptly.
 
Inappropriate access to material
 
Staff members will not use the system to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).  A special exception may be made for hate literature if the purpose of the access is to conduct research.  If a staff member mistakenly accesses inappropriate information, immediately tell your administrator.  This will protect the staff against a claim of intentionally violating the policy.
 
Staff Rights
 
Search and seizure
 
Staff members should expect only limited privacy in the contents of his/her personal files on the district system.  The situation is similar to the rights of a student in the privacy of his/her locker.
 
Routine maintenance and monitoring of the system may lead to discovery that a staff member has violated this policy, or the law.
 
An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that a staff member has violated this policy, or the law.
 
Due Process
 
The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the system. 
 
In the event there is a claim that a staff member has violated this policy or law in his/her use of the system, the staff member will be provided with a written notice of the suspected violation and will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard.
 
Limitation of Liability
 
The district makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the system will be error-free or without defect.  The district will not be responsible for any damages a staff member may suffer including, but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service.  The district is not responsible for the financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use the system.
 
Policy GBEBA-R, Issue Date 4/02
Policy GBEBD-R, Issue Date 10/03