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Model Internet Use Policy

A. Educational Purpose

XYZ District's Internet system, XYZNet, has a limited educational purpose. Activities that are acceptable on XYZNet include classroom activities, career development, and high-quality personal research. You may not use XYZNet for entertainment purposes (, except for those periods of time that the school has designated as "open access".) XYZNet is not a public access service or a public forum. XYZ District has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You are expected to follow the rules set forth in XYZ District's disciplinary code and the law in your use of XYZNet. You may not use for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through XYZNet. You may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express your opinion on political issues, but not for political lobbying.

B. Student Internet Access

The Web is a global database system providing access to information from around the world. Students may have access to Internet Web information resources through their classroom, library, or school computer lab.

E-mail is an electronic mail system, which allows students to communicate one-to-one with people throughout the world. Elementary students may have e-mail access only under their teacher's direct supervision using a classroom account. Elementary students may be provided with individual e-mail accounts under special circumstances, at the request of their teacher and with the approval of their parent. Secondary students may obtain an individual e-mail account with the approval of their parent. You and your parent must sign an Account Agreement to be granted an individual e-mail account on XYZNet. This Agreement must be renewed on an annual basis. You parent can withdraw their approval at any time. Students may not establish web e-mail accounts through the XYZNet.

If approved by your principal, you may create a personal web page on XYZNet. All material placed on your web page must be preapproved. Material placed on your web page must relate to your school and career preparation activities.

C. Unacceptable Uses

The following uses of XYZNet are considered unacceptable:

1. Personal Safety and Personal Privacy You will not post personal contact information about yourself. Personal contact information includes your address, telephone, school address, work address, etc. This information may not be provided to an individual, organization, or company, including web sites that solicit personal information. You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without your parent's approval. Your parent should accompany you to this meeting. You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employee any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

2. Illegal Activities You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to XYZNet or to any other computer system through XYZNet or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person's account or access another person's files. You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. You will not use XYZNet 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 person, etc.

3. System Security You are responsible for your individual account and must take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your account. Under no conditions should you provide your password to another person. You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access. You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the District virus protection procedures if you download software.

4. Inappropriate Language Restrictions against Inappropriate Language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages. You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. You will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption. You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks. You will not harass another person. Harassment is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person. If a you are told by a person to stop sending them messages, you must stop. You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.

5. Respect for Privacy You will not repost a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message. You will not post private information, including personal contact information, about another person.

6. Respecting Resource Limits You will use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited, highquality, selfdiscovery activities. You will not download large files unless absolutely necessary. If necessary, you will download the file at a time when the system is not being heavily used and immediately remove the file from the system computer to your personal computer. You will not post chain letters or engage in "spamming". Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people. You will check your e-mail frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within your e-mail quota. You will subscribe only to high quality discussion group maillists that are relevant to your education or career development.

7. Plagiarism You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.

8. Copyright You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner. If you have questions, ask a teacher.

9. Inappropriate Access to Material You will not use XYZNet to access material that is designated for adults only or is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal or dangerous 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 your access is to conduct research and both your teacher and parent have approved. If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher. This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy. Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that they think it would be inappropriate for you to access. The district fully expects that you will follow your parent's instructions in this matter.

D. Disciplinary Actions

The XYZNet is a limited forum, similar to the school newspaper, and therefore the District may restrict your speech for valid educational reasons. The District will not restrict your speech on the basis of a disagreement with the opinions you are expressing.

You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files or record of Web research activities on the XYZNet. Routine maintenance and monitoring of XYZNet may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy, the XYZ District disciplinary code, or the law. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this Policy, the XYZ District disciplinary code or the law. Your principal has the right to eliminate any expectation of privacy by providing notice to the students. Your parents have the right to request to see the contents of your e-mail files.

The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through XYZNet. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this Policy or XYZ District disciplinary code in your use of the XYZNet, you will be provided with a written notice of the suspected violation and an opportunity to present an explanation before a neutral administrator [or will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the XYZ District disciplinary code].

E. Limitation of Liability

The District makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the District system will be errorfree or without defect. The District will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The District will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Your parents can be held financially responsible for any harm to the system as a result of intentional misuse.

Center for Responsible Use of
Information Technologies
College of Education, 5412 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97405
541-346-3460 (office) 541-346-2565
Nancy Willard, Director
Internet: nwillard@responsiblenetizen.org
URL: http://responsibleuse.uoregon.edu

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