NEWELL SCHOOL NETWORK AND COMPUTER USE GUIDELINES
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The computers in the Newell School District are intended for educational purposes only. Internet, email, and computers are educational tools, such as textbooks and lab materials. Students, faculty and staff operate these computers for the mutual benefit of all concerned and all users are expected to assist in the successful operation of the facilities. The use of school computers is a privilege, not a right. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. The following guidelines are intended to help users understand appropriate use. The school may restrict or terminate any userís access without prior notice if such action is deemed necessary to maintain computing availability and security for other users of the system. Other disciplinary action may also be imposed as stated below.
Internet access is available to students and staff in the Newell School District. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the Newell School District by facilitating, resource sharing, innovation, collaboration, and communication. The Newell School District network is an electronic network, which enables access to the Internet. Students and teachers will have access to electronic mail, information and news, opportunity to correspond with experts in many fields, public domain and shareware software of various types, discussion groups on a variety of topics and access to many educational resources including University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress and Educational Resources Information Center.
With access to computers and people all over the world, also comes the availability of materials that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting. On a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe that the educational value of information and the interaction available on the world-wide network outweighs the risks that users may procure materials that are not consistent with the educational goals of the school district. One of our goals is to support students in responsible use of this vast reservoir of information.
The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Newell School District. The computers in the computer labs, classrooms and libraries are intended for educational purposes. The purpose of the computer network is to support education within the school district by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.
The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of these privileges. The system administrator has the right to monitor, inspect and close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty and staff of the Newell School District may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.
You must be clearly aware of which computing practices are considered acceptable and which are considered unacceptable.
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a system problem, you must notify the system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another userís account. Do not give your password to any other individual. Attempts to log on the network as a system administrator will result in loss or cancellation of user privileges. Only first names will be used to identify students in photographs on web pages or when using electronic mail.
Vandalism will result in immediate cancellation of privileges and may result in disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of any other user and abuse or misuse of hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Users should report any suspected violations to a teacher, administrator, or system administrator. The cost of damages will be billed to the user.
Disciplinary action may be taken in the event that the provisions of this guideline are violated. The instructor in charge will relay any violations to their administrator. The administrator will determine any actions to be taken against persons violating the provisions of this guideline. If a user violates any of these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and future access could be denied.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR COMPUTER USAGE IN NEWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Please remember that the use of computer technology is a privilege, not a right, and a violation of any of the following items will result in suspension or cancellation of your privileges. First offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for one week. Second offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for one month. Third offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for the rest of the school year. If it happens within one month of the end of the school year, the student will be on probation for the first semester of the next school year. If a violation occurs in that first semester, they will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for the rest of that school year.