Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines


Staff members are encouraged to use the Corporation's computers/network and Internet connection for educational purposes. Use of such resources is a privilege, not a right. Staff members must conduct themselves in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Unauthorized or inappropriate use, including any violation of these guidelines, may result in cancellation of the privilege, disciplinary action consistent with the applicable collective bargaining agreement and Board policy, and/or civil criminal liability. Prior to accessing the Internet at school, staff members must sign the Staff Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement.

Smooth operation of the Corporation's Network relies upon users adhering to the following guidelines. The guidelines outlined below are provided so that users are aware of their responsibilities.



Staff members are responsible for their behavior and communication on the Internet.



Staff members may only access the Internet by using their assigned Internet/E-mail account. Use of another person's account/address/password is prohibited. Staff members may not allow other users to utilize their passwords.



Staff members may not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, data or passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.



Staff members may not use the Internet to engage in "hacking" or other unlawful activities.



Transmission of any material in violation of any State or Federal law or regulation, or Board policy is prohibited.



Any use of the Internet for commercial purposes, advertising, or political lobbying is prohibited.



Staff members are expected to abide by the following generally accepted rules of network etiquette:



Be polite, courteous, and respectful in your messages to others. Use language appropriate to school situations in any communications made through the Corporation's computers/network. Refrain from using obscene, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, defamatory, or abusive language in your messages.



Never reveal names, addresses, phone numbers, or passwords of students while communicating on the Internet.



Diligently delete old mail on a regular basis from the personal mail directory to avoid excessive use of the electronic mail disk space.



Use of the Internet to access, process, distribute, display or print child pornography and other material which is obscene, objectionable, inappropriate or harmful to minors is prohibited. As such, the following material is prohibited: material that appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex and excretion; material that depicts, describes or represents in a patently offensive way with respect or what is suitable for minors an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals, and material that lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value as to minors. Offensive messages and pictures, inappropriate text files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the Corporation's computers/network (e.g., viruses) are also prohibited.



Malicious use of the Corporation's computers/network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computing system is prohibited. Staff members may not use the Board's computers/network in such a way that would disrupt their use by others. Staff members should refrain from intentionally wasting limited resources.



All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to be private property (i.e, copyrighted and/or trademarked). All copyright issues regarding software, information, and attributions of authorship must be respected.



Downloading of information onto the Corporation's hard drives is prohibited; all downloads must be to floppy disk. If a staff member transfers files from information services and electronic bulletin board services, the staff member must check the file with a virus-detection program before opening the file for use. Only public domain software may be downloaded. If a staff member transfers a file or software program that infects the Network with a virus and causes damage, the staff member will be liable for any and all repair costs to make the Network once again fully operational.



Privacy in communication over the Internet and the Network is not guaranteed. To ensure compliance with these guidelines, the Corporation reserves the right to monitor, review and inspect any directories, files and/or messages residing on or sent using the Corporation's computers/network. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the appropriate authorities.



Use of the Internet and any information procured from the Internet is at the staff member's own risk. The Corporation is not responsible for any damage a user suffers, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions. The Corporation is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. Information (including text, graphics, audio, video, etc.) from Internet sources used in class should be cited the same as references to printed materials.



Disclosure, use and/or dissemination of personal identification information of minors via the Internet is prohibited, except as expressly authorized by the minor student's parent/guardian on the "Student Network and Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Agreement Form."



Proprietary rights in the design of web sites hosted on the Corporation's servers remains at all times with the Corporation without prior written authorization.

Staff members are reminded that personally identifiable student information is confidential and may not be disclosed without prior written parental permission.

H.R. 4577, P.L. 106-554, Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000
47 U.S.C. 254(h), (1), Communications Act of 1934, as amended
20 U.S.C. 6801 et seq., Part F, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended
18 U.S.C. 2256
18 U.S.C. 1460
18 U.S.C. 2246

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