Introduction to the Acceptable Use Policy As we rely more and more on the computing facilities offered by the College

, it is essential that these facilities are used in a responsible manner, thus ensuring that as many users as possible can take advantage of this valuable resource All users of the computing facilities of the College, both staff and students, are automatically bound by the terms of this Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) - by using the College's computing facilities you show your acceptance of this AUP This policy may be revised from time to time, and you are bound by the terms of the latest version. If changes to the policy are made you will be asked to confirm that you have read the revised policy document when you log onto the college network.

General use Staff/Students must not:

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Create, store, transmit or knowingly receive any fraudulent, offensive, defamatory, obscene, indecent or hurtful images, data or other material, or any data capable of being resolved into such material Transmit any material that is detrimental to the College's reputation Use material in such a manner that applicable copyright laws are violated Make excessive use of the facilities for personal use Allow others to use their network account, or use someone else's network account with or without their permission Students must not install software on any of the College computers unless specifically authorised to do so Connect any device to the College network (eg notebook PCs) Undertake activities which: o Use the facilities in any way that denies service or causes inconvenience to other users o Attempt to bypass any security, anti-virus, monitoring or blocking features o Make unreasonable demands of network resources

Any Student found in possession of software that could be used to violate the privacy of other users risks exclusion - such software includes, but is not limited to, port scanners, password crackers, remote machine monitors and network traffic sniffers. Private use of College computing facilities A small amount of private use in your free blocks is acceptable, subject to the terms below. Students must refrain from private use if requested to do so by any member of staff. Private use by students during lessons is prohibited. Private use should not:
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Interfere with your ability to carry out the tasks expected of you Prevent others from carrying out the tasks expected of them Break the terms of this AUP

'small amount' is loosely defined as ten minutes within a block. While you are free to use the College's facilities to access password protected services such as eBay, Amazon, Hotmail etc, you do so entirely at your own risk. The College accepts no responsibility for the security and integrity of data transmitted or received as part of a password protected session as it passes through our systems.

Accessing from home All accesses to the College's facilities from outside are still bound by the terms of this AUP. All reasonable effort must be made to ensure that College materials are not accessible to persons not connected with the College. While every effort is made to ensure the integrity of available materials, the College offers no guarantee that files are free of viruses, and users should ensure that any downloaded item is checked on their local machine before use. Internet Service Provider's AUPs Internet access in the College is split between two providers, Janet and Plusnet, and access to the internet is governed by the terms of their AUPs. Any part of the wsfc policy that relates to internet use is in addition to our provider's AUPs. Janet AUP - Plusnet AUP - Use of Athens is governed by the terms of their policy, available at

Additional information Minor infringements of the AUP are considered a misdemeanour and may result in a fine. Major infringements of the AUP will result in your network account being disabled and the matter referred to a senior member of staff for urgent attention, and may result in suspension or exclusion. See the College Codes of Conduct for details of sanctions that may be applied. The College reserves the right to monitor workstation activity and network file areas to ensure that this policy is not broken - such monitoring includes the ability to harvest desktop screenshots from any networked workstation. Those responsible for monitoring the College network will at all times show discretion and respect the privacy of an individual if private or personal information is revealed as a result of random monitoring, as long as such information does not break the terms of this AUP and is not considered to be in violation of applicable UK law. Private use of the College's computing facilities The College is not an internet cafe - The use of the open access computers for non-college work is a privilege, not a right. There are only a relatively small number of computers that are open access. As there can be up to 500 students without a timetabled lesson at any point in time, these computers can be in high demand. Your private use must not deny access to other users who wish to

use the facilities for legitimate work purposes.

Appendix 2 Worcester Sixth Form College Facebook / Social Networking Policy A. Introduction A.1. Facebook is among a number of well used social networking websites, which are particularly popular with young people. We have no way of knowing how many of our students use these sites, but it is safe to say that many do. A.2. There are a number of pages and groups on Facebook in particular which either mention the College or have been set up specifically about the College. The College has now set up an official page on Facebook. A.3. The content of social networking sites concerning the College and its members is inevitably both positive and negative. College representatives have the ability to post comments on all of these pages, but we are only administrators for the official College Facebook page i.e. that is the only page on which we can control the content. We cannot remove posts from other pages. A.4. Many staff are represented on social networking sites as individuals. Section B lays down some clear rules and guidelines for staff use of Facebook and these principles can be deemed to apply to any other social networking site. B. Policy

B.1. Facebook is a globally available website. As such, everything that is posted to this website can be viewed by a large number of people. Please bear in mind that while most of what you post will be intended for a small number of people, it may be that many others can view it. B.2. * Staff should not: Invite existing students at the College to become their friends on Facebook.

* Accept invitations from existing students at the College to become friends on Facebook. * Post any negative or inaccurate information about the College on Facebook.

* Post anything on their Facebook page which would reflect poorly on the College or bring the College into disrepute. * Post any photographs or video clips of activities that take place at College without checking with the member of the SMT responsible for marketing (who will know whether there is permission from students for this information to be used). * Post contact details for any member of staff or student at the College on Facebook or any other information that might result in a breach of the Data Protection Act.

* Set up any other groups or pages relating to the College without permission from the senior member of staff responsible for safeguarding. * Use Facebook during normal working hours to socialise with friends when they should be working.


Staff are also discouraged from:

* Posting replies to negative comments or discussions that students have made about the College or individual members of staff on Facebook (whether it be the official College page or other unofficialpages) - to do so encourages an online argument which can get out of hand. Instead, staff should bring this matter to the attention of their Head of Department or line manager and to the member of SMT responsible for marketing and if appropriate the matter can be dealt with away from Facebook. B.4. If you see inappropriate or offensive material on Facebook that relates to the College do not ignore it. Report it to the member of the SMT responsible for marketing. If it relates to an existing student there are disciplinary procedures that can be taken and the item in question may be removed. We can also report offensive material to Facebook who may make a decision to ban users if appropriate. B.5. * * * Staff may: Invite past students of the College to become their friends on Facebook. Accept invitations from past students to become friends on Facebook. Become friends with other members of staff at the College.

* The protocols detailed previously about not bringing the College into disrepute still apply. C. Recommendations:

C.1. It is strongly recommended that all staff set their Facebook profile (via Settings), so that only those people they have acknowledged as friends can view your profile. D. Reporting Concerns:

D.1. The member of the SMT responsible for marketing is responsible for the College's official Facebook page. All reports of breaches of this policy or concerns and queries about Facebook should be made to them. D.2. In the event of being unable to reach the member of the SMT responsible for marketing, call or email Technical Support if the matter is considered urgent. However, this should only be done if the matter is considered sufficiently urgent.

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