MSAD 28 Computer Systems Acceptable Use Policy
Internet access is now available to students and staff in MSAD #28. We believe the Internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to students and staff. The purpose of providing Internet access is to promote educational excellence at MSAD #28 by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers internationally and millions of individual subscribers. Students and staff may ultimately have access to a variety of Internet services, including:
- electronic mail communication with people all over the world;
- information and news from countless individuals, groups, and agencies;
- public domain software and shareware of all types;
- discussion groups on many topics;
- access to many university library catalogs, the Library of Congress, etc.
With access to computers and people all over the world comes the availability of materials of tremendous educational value, as well as materials which may be of questionable value in a school setting. Unsupervised Internet use may inadvertently lead to access of inappropriate materials of a sexual or violent nature. Incautious electronic mail exchanges could lead to encounters with individuals who are seeking illicit, unlawful contacts with minors. Harassment via e-mail is an additional risk. However, we firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweigh the risks and that the use of the Internet is consistent with the educational goals of MSAD #28.
In order to maximize the benefits of Internet use and to minimize the potential dangers, students and staff are required to adhere to these rules and responsibilities for computer use in the District.
- Be polite.
- Use appropriate language. Do not swear. No messages should contain obscene comments or sexually explicit materials.
- Do not harass anyone via electronic mail. No hate mail or discriminatory remarks.
- When using the Internet, do not reveal personal information such as your address or phone number, and never send anyone your picture. Be cautious.
- Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be 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.
- If you have a password, do not give it to anyone.
- Do not access or attempt to access anyone else's Internet or electronic mail account.
- If you receive messages that are mean or make you uncomfortable in any way, do not respond to them. Print them and report them to your teacher or the Computer Coordinator immediately.
- Responsible Use:
- Do not copy software or information that is copyrighted. This is against the law.
- Treat the computers and the network with respect. Vandalism of hardware or software is prohibited.
- Use District computers conscientiously; they are intended for educational purposes. Recreational use for games or Internet chats are inappropriate uses of District computer resources and are not allowed.
- Failure to follow these rules will result in loss of computer privileges in MSAD #28 and/or other appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with school policy.
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