User Agreement of Understanding
ONCE COMPLETED PLEASE RETURN THIS SHEET TO YOUR SCHOOL
and use of the Network is a privilege for the User. The files and email
contained on the district’s computer systems are the property of the
I have read and understand the Technology/Internet Code of Ethics and the Disciplinary Action Policy, and by signing, hereby agree to be responsible for and abide by all rules and regulations contained in them.
understand that the
Since there is always the potential that a Network system failure will result in a loss to a User’s information or work product, I understand that I am responsible for making a personal back-up of any information or product placed on the Network.
I recognize that the Morris School District Administration does have the authority to monitor and intercept e-mail messages of all Users and that there shall be no privacy right construed to exist in any work product put on the Network.
User’s Name is either staff or students.
User’s Name: _________________________________ (printed)
User Signature: _______________________________ Date: ______________
Parent’s Name: _______________________________ (printed)
Parent’s Signature: ____________________________ Date: _______________
To support its commitment to providing avenues of access to the universe of information available, the district's system of electronic communication shall include access to the Internet for pupils and staff.
Limitation of Liability
The Internet constitutes an unregulated collection of resources that changes constantly, so it is not possible to totally predict or control the resources that users may locate. The Board of Education cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information or the appropriateness of materials that a user may encounter. Furthermore, the Board shall not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. Nor shall the Board be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.
Protection of Portable Equipment
In the case that
The Board of Education has
the right to enforce financial replacement cost of any equipment that is lost or
stolen from non-Morris
Mobile and handheld devices must be physically secured when left unattended to guard against theft, protect business data, and prevent unauthorized access to the device and the - wireless (and wired) network. Portable and handheld devices, including handheld cradles, must not be left unattended in unsecured places such as in an unlocked car, in conference rooms, on an office desktop, or if traveling with the device, at airport public or gate areas.
The computer systems: hardware, software, networks and all files are the property of the district, and all computer software and hardware belong to the district. Repairs and installations of such equipment and software are limited to district owned hardware and software. Therefore, the district retains the right to monitor all access to and use of the Internet and network systems.
The Board of Education designates the Superintendent or his/her designee as the coordinator of the district system. He/she shall recommend to the Board of Education qualified staff persons to ensure provision of individual and class accounts necessary for access to the Internet, designation of quotas for disk usage on the system, establishment of a document retention schedule, establishment of a virus protection process and coordination of other activities as required to maintain the system.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall coordinate the district system by approving all activities for that building; ensuring that teachers receive proper training in the use of the system; ensuring that pupils are adequately supervised when using the system; maintaining executed user agreements; and interpreting this acceptable use policy at the building level.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall ensure the acquisition and installation of blocking/filtering software to deny access to certain areas of the Internet.
District Web Site
The Board authorizes the Superintendent or his/her designee to establish and maintain a district web site. The purpose of the web site will be to inform the district educational community of district programs, policies and practices.
Individual schools and classes may also establish web sites that include information on the activities of that school or class. The Building Principal shall oversee these web sites.
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall publish and disseminate guidelines on acceptable material for these web sites.
Users accept the following Rights and Responsibilities.
The user has the right to
access and use hardware and software available at schools in the
1. It is understood that access to and use of the network are privileges. Such access and use of the network shall be reserved for activities that are of 'educational value' to the user. For the purposes of this policy, 'educational value' shall mean having a direct or indirect relationship to the approved school curriculum and educational program.
The use of the network for accessing or distributing harassing,
defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented,
threatening, racially offensive or illegal material or conducting other
prohibited activities, is forbidden.
3. Users must recognize that e-mail or other messages on the network may contain thoughts, conclusions, certain biased perceptions and/or untruths. Users who spread false and disparaging information about third parties may be found liable for defamation. Such use of the network is expressly prohibited.
1. Only those users who have received training shall be authorized to access and/or use any hardware or software on the network.
The user shall accept the responsibility of the preservation and care of
3. It is the user's responsibility to make sure that no hardware or software is destroyed, modified or abused in any way. Any attempted or actual alteration of the network system software, data or files, or disruption or destruction of resources is considered vandalism.
4. Users shall not deliberately attempt to disrupt the district's computer system performance or destroy data by spreading computer viruses, worms, “Trojan Horses,” trap door program codes or any similar product that can damage computer systems, firewalls, servers or network systems.
5. It is the user's responsibility to obtain written permission from the Director of Technology or the Superintendent's designee prior to removing, relocating or modifying any hardware or software. The Director of Technology or the Superintendent's designee will oversee all repairs to the network done on school grounds.
6. The user has the responsibility for keeping food and/or drink away from computer equipment.
7. The user shall immediately notify the Director of Technology or the Superintendent's designee, building supervisor or (in the case of a pupil), a teacher in the Morris School District if he or she feels that he or she has identified a security break or vandalism or has been the victim of an on-line stalker.
8. Any user identified with a history of violations/problems with computer systems will be designated a security risk, and may be denied access or restricted in the use of the network.
9. Users shall not install or download software or other applications or files without permission of the supervising staff person. Users shall follow all district virus protection procedures when installing or downloading approved software.
10. Users are responsible for their accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent unauthorized access to them. In no case should a user provide his/her password to another individual.
11. Users (unless authorized by an IEP) shall not be permitted to bring into schools or administrative buildings their personal hardware and software, such as but not limited to: laptops, printers, etc.
1. Users accept responsibility for preserving the privacy of others. Hacking or access unauthorized files is prohibited. Investigating or reading another user's files is a violation of his or her privacy.
2. All users of the network must comply with the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, as amended, and the Communications Decency Act. These acts prohibit the unauthorized interception or disclosure of e-mail messages by third parties, as well as the appropriateness of certain material being posted on the Internet.
3. Users shall not store extensive e-mail messages on the network; e-mail messages may be stored for a period of no longer than fourteen calendar days and the Morris School District reserves the right to delete any e-mail messages (read or unread) left on the network for a period in excess of fourteen days.
4. Users may not allow any other person to use their password or to share their account. It is the user's responsibility to protect e-mail accounts from unauthorized use by changing passwords periodically and using passwords that are not easily determined.
5. Users are responsible for using their own name at all times, shall neither resort to anonymity nor misrepresent themselves as someone else.
6. No personnel or pupil information, which is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, shall be disseminated through the network. Pupils shall not post personal contact information about themselves or others. Nor shall pupils engage in any kind of personal contact with individuals they meet online. Attempts at contact from such individuals shall be reported immediately to the staff person monitoring that child's access to the Internet. Personal contact information includes but is not limited to names, home/school/work addresses, telephone numbers, or personal photographs.
7. Users shall respect the privacy of messages that they receive and refrain from reporting messages without the approval of the sender.
8. Users must recognize that the Superintendent or his/her designee does have the authority to monitor and intercept e-mail messages for all users and that there shall be no privacy right construed to exist in any work product put on the network.
Adherence to Copyright Law
1. The user is forbidden from putting any material owned by others onto the network without written permission.
Software is protected by
3. The user will not lend, give or sell copies of software to others without the written permission of the copyright owner or without being able to clearly show the software is shareware or in the public domain.
4. The user will not employ 'cut and paste' or other techniques to falsely imply that he or she is the original author of another's material, but will include proper citations to show the sources of such information. Users shall not plagiarize material that is available on the Internet. Plagiarism is presenting another's ideas/words as one's own.
Disciplinary Action Policy
In addition to other
disciplinary action available to the
Responsibility for full financial restitution to the
Indemnification of the
Denial of access to the network for an appropriate period of time to be
determined by the
4. Subjection to criminal and/or civil penalty.
The Superintendent and/or his/her designee shall prepare regulations to implement this policy.
N.J.A.C. 6A:26-6.1 et seq.
17 U.S.C. 101 et seq.
Adopted: 12 January 2009, June 29, 2009