COMPUTER POLICYFreedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation for self-government. Freedom of expression encompasses the right to freedom of speech and the corollary right to receive information. Such rights extend to minors as well as adults. Schools facilitate the exercise of these rights by providing access to information regardless of format or technology. In a free and democratic society, access to information is a fundamental right of citizenship.
The School Town of Speedway (“school”) is pleased to offer its students access to the Internet and related telecommunications service. The Internet is an electronic highway connecting hundreds of thousands of computers and millions of individual users all over the world. This computer technology will help propel our schools through the communication age by allowing students and staff access and use of sources from distant computers, communicate and collaborate with other individuals and groups around the world, and significantly expand their available information base. The Internet is a tool for lifelong learning. In making decisions regarding student access to the Internet, the school considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives.
Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to the preparation of citizens and future employees. Access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world.
The school expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of the Internet throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in its use. As much as possible, access from school to Internet resources will be structured in ways, which point students to those resources, which have been evaluated by appropriate staff prior to use. While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others that have not been previewed by staff, they shall be provided with guidelines and lists of resources particularly suited to learning objectives.
Students utilizing school-provided Internet access must first have the permission of, and must be supervised by, the school’s professional staff. Students utilizing school-provided Internet access are responsible for good behavior on-line just as they are in a classroom or other area of the school. The same general rules for behavior and communications apply.Each user account includes a home directory and access to various shared directories located on school servers. This limited storage space is provided for user files that are created and used in direct relation to academic pursuits. Images, music, games and other programs that are not being used in class or on class related assignments are not allowed and may be deleted without notice.
The purpose of school-provided Internet access is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, students’ use must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the school. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility.
Network Privacy and Guidelines - Students and other users are expected to and shall abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
a. Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.b. Do not reveal your personal information, including address or phone number or those of other students or colleagues.c. Do not respond to any inappropriate messages. If you see an inappropriate message, please inform a teacher or staff member immediately.
Users should not expect that files stored on school-based computers will always be private. Electronic messages and files stored on school-based computers may be treated like school lockers. Administrators and faculty may review files and messages to maintain system integrity and insure that users are acting responsibly.
The school’s computers are to be used for educational purposes only. The administration has the final say as to what is educational.
The following uses of school-provided Internet access are not permitted:
a. to access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material;b. to transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language;c. to violate any local, state or federal statute or regulation;d. to vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another individual or organization;e. to access another individual’s materials, information, or files without permission;f. to violate copyright laws or otherwise use the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission.g. To access, upload, download, or distribute music or games.
1. Computer Trespass, IC 35-43-2-3 Sec. 3 (a) As used in this section:
“Access” means to:
(1) approach;(2) instruct;(3) communicate with;(4) store data in;(5) retrieve data from; or(6) make use of resources of; a computer, computer system, or computer network.
“Computer network” means the interconnection of communication lines or wireless telecommunications with a computer or wireless telecommunication device through:
(1) remote terminals;(2) a complex consisting of two (2) or more interconnected computers; or(3) a worldwide collection of interconnected networks operating as the Internet.
“Computer system” means a set of related computer equipment, software, or hardware.
(b) A person who knowingly or intentionally accesses:(1) a computer system;(2) a computer network;(3) any part of a computer system or computer network; without the consent of the owner of the computer system or computer network, or the consent of the owner’s licensee, commits computer trespass, a Class A misdemeanor.
As added by P.L. 35-1986, Sec. 3. Amended by P.L..29-2001, Sec. 1.
Any violation of the school’s policy and rules may result in loss of school-provided access to the Internet. Additional disciplinary action may be determined at the building level in keeping with existing procedures and practices regarding inappropriate language or behavior. When and where applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
The school makes no express or implied warranties of any kind for the Internet access it is providing. The school shall not be liable or have any responsibility for any injuries, damages, or expenses of any kind or nature arising directly or indirectly out of school-provided Internet access, including without limitations: (a) loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service; (b) the accuracy, nature or quality of information stored on school diskettes, hard drives or servers; (c) the accuracy, nature or quality of information gathered through school-provided Internet access; (d) personal property used to access school computers or networks or for school-provided Internet access; and (e) financial obligations incurred by any student or user of school-provided Internet access.
While the school’s intent is to make Internet access available in order to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. Even should the school institute technical methods or systems to regulate students’ Internet access, those methods could not guarantee compliance with the school’s acceptable use policy. That notwithstanding, the school believes that the benefits to students of access to the Internet exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, however, the parents/guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.
The school does not allow privately owned hardware or software to be connected to its network. Students are discouraged from bringing such hardware or software into the school. In the event a student brings privately owned hardware or software to school, or uses school property, to access any network outside the school’s control, the student may be subject to school discipline and the school accepts no responsibility for the actions of the student or for the information accessed by the student.
Outside of school, families bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies, and other possibly offensive media. Families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the internet which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student’s parents or guardians would be liable.
The school reserves the right to amend this policy at any time without prior notice and to take actions not expressly addressed in this policy as the school, in its discretion, may deem appropriate.