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Chief Administrative Officer
- Los Angeles Unified School District
DISTRIBUTION: All Schools and Offices
- ROUTING: Administrators
- SUBJECT: BULLETIN NO. K-19 (Rev.)
- ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP) FOR THE INTERNET
DATE: April 20, 1999
DIVISION: Information Technology Division
APPROVED: Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Superintendent Instruction and Curriculum
For further information, please call LAUSDnet Support, at (213) 633-1620.
This revision replaces the bulletin of the same number and subject dated August 31, 1998. The content has been updated to reflect current procedures.
The Internet, a network of networks, allows people to interact with hundreds of thousands of networks and computers. All connections to the Internet by Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students or employees are subject to the LAUSDs Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Access to the Internet allows connections to computer systems located all over the world. Users (and parents of student users) must understand that neither the District nor any LAUSD employee controls the content of the information found on these systems. Some of the information may be controversial and may even be offensive to some individuals. Teachers or other school personnel should ensure that connections to the Internet are used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner, and such use must be in support of education and research consistent with LAUSDs educational objectives.
II. INTERNET ACCESS
The Internet is a public network, and as such, e-mail is not private. LAUSDnet system operators have access to all user account directories and data, e-mail, personal web pages, and any other files stored on system servers. System operators may delete files at any time to conform to system storage needs.
LAUSDnet Internet services must be a free and open forum for expression. Any statement of personal belief in e-mail or other posted material is understood to be the authors individual point of view, and not that of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the administrators of LAUSDnet, or any LAUSD office or school. However, since LAUSDnet access is provided as an instructional tool rather than a personal forum, users will not use LAUSDnet access to demean, defame, or denigrate others for race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, gender, sexual persuasion, or other reasons.
III. LAUSDnet ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY RULES AND REGULATIONS
Access to the Internet from LAUSDnet and the receipt of an LAUSDnet account is a privilege, not a right. Access to LAUSDnet is free to actively enrolled students, with a Student Identification Number, and to active LAUSD employees.
Each user, as well as a minors parent or guardian, voluntarily agrees to release, hold harmless, defend, and indemnify, the Los Angeles Unified School District, its officers, board members, employees, and agents, for and against all claims, actions, charges, losses or damages which arise out of the users use of LAUSDnet, including, but not limited to negligence, personal injury, wrongful death, property lose or damage, delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries of data, or service interruptions.
Each user acknowledges that the information available from other websites may not be accurate. Use of any of the information obtained via the Internet is at the users own risk. Los Angeles Unified District makes no warranty of any kind, either express or implied, regarding the quality, accuracy or validity of the data on the Internet.
The LAUSDnet AUP Rules and Regulations are listed below:
- The person to whom a LAUSDnet account is issued is responsible at all times for its proper use.
- Any inappropriate use may result in the cancellation of the privilege of use, and/or disciplinary action.
- Any district employee who uses LAUSDnet inappropriately is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal.
- LAUSDnet users should change their password frequently.
- LAUSDnet users shall not give their password information to another user nor allow another user to utilize their account.
- Students may obtain accounts on LAUSDnet only through a teacher sponsor at the school at which they are enrolled, after they have successfully completed the Student Internet test.
- The teacher sponsor must obtain and follow the required District procedures for student accounts. Please refer to the LAUSDnet Student Access packet.
- All student users, who access the Internet from any District facility or from a remote location that connects with any District facility, must have a STUDENT SIGNATURE AND PARENTAL RELEASE form on file at the school. This form is to be renewed on an annual basis.
- Home use of LAUSDnet by students, must be supervised by parents and parents are completely responsible for the students use of the Internet resources from home.
- Schools may supplement any provisions of the District AUP, and may require additional parent releases and approvals, but in no case will such documents replace the District STUDENT SIGNATURE AND PARENTAL CONSENT RELEASE form.
- Active LAUSD employees may obtain accounts by submitting a LAUSDnet account application to Information Technology Division.
IV. ACCEPTABLE USES OF THE INTERNET INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
- Access and use of the Internet is for use in a regular instructional activity or to compile data necessary for research needed in District schools or offices. It is the users responsibility not to initiate access to material that is obscene, as defined in CA Penal Code section 311(a), or inconsistent with the goals, objectives, policies, and the educational mission of the District.
- A responsible user of the Internet may keep their LAUSDnet account during the time that the user is an active employee or student in LAUSD.
- A responsible user of the Internet, from any LAUSD facility, or from a remote location that connects with any LAUSD facility, may use the Internet to:
- Conduct research
- Communicate with other Internet users
- Explore other computer systems
- Post information for access by others
- Create and maintain a personal, school, cluster or office website
V. UNACCEPTABLE USES OF THE INTERNET INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
- Violating any state and/or federal law (i.e., copyright laws).
- Violating the California Education Code
- Using profanity, obscenity, or other language that may offensive to other users.
- Making personal attacks on other people, organizations, religions, or ethnicities.
- Harassing another person (i.e., using the Internet in a manner that bothers another person and not stopping when asked to do so by the other person).
- Sending or posting false or defamatory information about a person, group or organization which might injure the reputation of that person, group, or organization.
- Not respecting the privacy of a person by posting personal contact information, such as work or home address, telephone, e-mail address, photographs, or names, without obtaining prior permission from the person affected.
- Student information (as above) shall be posted ONLY WITH TEACHER AND PARENT PERMISSION, when this is necessary to receive information for instructional purposes.
- Forwarding personal communication without the authors prior consent.
- Using text, graphics, sound or animation in messages or the creation of WEB pages without displaying a notice, crediting the original producer of the material, and stating how permission to use the material was obtained.
- Using the resources of LAUSDnet or any other LAUSD Internet connection, including a connection from a campus network or through dial-up, to attempt unauthorized access to any other computer system, or to go beyond the users authorized access on LAUSDnet or any other District network. This includes attempting to log in through another persons account or access another persons files. It also includes any attempts to disrupt any computer system performance or destroy data on any computer system.
- Using the Internet for commercial purposes, financial gain, personal business, produce advertisement, business service endorsement, or religious or political lobbying is prohibited.
- Using LAUSDnet, from a campus network or through dial up access, to get an e-mail account or Web page hosting privileges on another service provider.
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