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Uniontown Area School District AUP

Uniontown Area School District AUP

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Uniontown Area School DistrictInternet Safety,Acceptable Use,andTechnology Policy
April 12, 2005
Uniontown Area School District
Acceptable Use of District Technology
To better serve our students and provide our employees with the best tools to do their  jobs, the District makes available to our students and staff access to one or more formsof electronic media and services, including computers, video devices, music playbackdevices,copiers, networks, email,the Internet and the World Wide Web. The District has in place certainmeasures that are meant to shield users from unintentional transgressions. Amongthese is our firewall that prevents anyone without a signed AUP from accessing the Internet. Alongwith thissafeguard is content filtering through Surf Control as specified in the Federal
Children‟s Internet Protection Act. The intent of CIPA is to block Internet sites that
visual depictions that are “obscene”, “child pornography”, and “harmful to minors.”
Measuresdesigned to
restrict minors‟ access to material “harmful to minors” includes, but is not
limited to,using filtering to restrict: gambling, violence, hate speech, criminal skills, weapons, chat,andadult/sexually explicit sites and topics. The filter can be temporarily relaxed for an adultfor 
“bona fide research or other lawful purposes.” This would be done on a casebycase
 basis andwould be reviewed by the building principal and the Technology Coordinator. Thisaccess wouldbe only for the time needed to complete the research.
Monitoring the online activities of minors and staff on the Internet is accomplishedthroughteacher supervision, the ability to monitor realtimeactivity, and the scanning of filter andfirewall logs by district personnel. As part of the technology curriculum students areinstructedon Internet safety including but not limited to: safety and security when using electronicmail,chat rooms, instant message services, other forms of direct electronic communications,unauthorized access, including socalled
„hacking‟ and other unlawful activities. These topics are
 also addressed later in this policy. While using the District computers and network, chatrooms,instant messaging services and other forms of direct electronic communications arerestricted.Individuals will be granted access to technology and services appropriate for their educational needs and goals.
Access to these resources is a privilege not a rightand theDistrict has the right to restrict or remove access at any time when violationsoccur.
Thedistrict technology resources are established for the purposes of communication anddata sharingin support of educational goals. The District encourages use of these devices andmedia becausethey can make communication more efficient and effective. Also they are valuable toolsandsources of information for students and staff. However, all employees, students, andanyoneconnected to the organization should remember that devices and media provided by theDistrictare District property. Their purpose is to facilitate and support the District's curriculumandeducational mission.
The use of equipment, media or services for purposes that donotsupport the educational mission and curriculum of the District is prohibited.Misuse or destruction of the equipment is prohibited. All users
have the responsibility to usetheseresources in a lawful, professional, and ethical manner To help ensure that all employees and students act in a responsible manner thefollowingsecurity and safety guidelines have been established for using district and personaltechnologyand media. No policy can lay down rules to cover every possible situation. Instead it isdesigned
to express the District's philosophy and set forth, general principles for using electronicdevices,media and services.
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Users shall only use the account and/or password assigned to them, unless theyare assignedmultiple accounts.Prohibited Activities:
· Use of the District technology for nonworkor nonschoolrelated communications or projects are prohibited. Limited occasional or incidental use of electronic media(sending andreceiving) for personal purposes is understandable and acceptable. All such use shouldbedone in a manner that does not negatively affect the systems' use for their educationalpurposes. However employees and students are expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility and not abuse this privilege.
Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification informationregarding minors or staff.· The District technology shall not be used to disrupt the work of others: and thehardware or software or files of other users shall not be destroyed, modified or abused in any way.· Using technology that results in any copyright violation is prohibited.·
Use of technology for malicious purposes; harassment of others, infiltrating computer 
 systems, and/or damaging computers, software, or other technology device isprohibited.· Use of the District technology to intentionally obtain or modify files, passwords, or databelonging to other users is prohibited.· Attempting to disguise your account or machines identity is prohibited.· No user may attempt to circumvent security or data protection.· Deliberately wasting or monopolizing resources is prohibited. This includes but is notlimitedto subscribing to list servers, mass emailing, Internet games, or creating unnecessarynetworktraffic.Electronic devices, media and services cannot be used for knowingly transmitting,retrieving, or storing and communication that is:1. Discriminatory or harassing:2. Derogatory to any individual or group:3. Obscene, sexually explicit or pornographic:4. Defamatory or threatening:5. In violation of any license covering the use of software:6. Used for product advertising or used for political opinions and / or lobbying.7. Engage in for any purpose that is illegal or contrary to the District policy or interests.

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