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General User Policy
Leonia Public School District

Computer Network and Internet Policy

We are pleased to offer students of the Leonia Public School District access to the educational computer network for Internet. To gain access to the Internet, all students under the age of 18 must obtain parental permission and must sign and return Computer Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement to the General Office. Students 18 and over may sign their own forms. 

The following is an overview of this endeavor and includes the terms and conditions for use of the computers, network and Internet. This document, along with the Computer Network and Internet Acceptable Use Agreement should be carefully read and understood before signing it. 

The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. 

  • Access is a privilege–not a right.
  • Access entails responsibility. 

Students are responsible for good behavior while using school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply. Individual users of the district computer networks and the Internet are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreements they have signed. Beyond the clarification of such standards, the Board of Education is not responsible for restricting, monitoring or controlling the communications of the individuals utilizing the network.

The Leonia Board of Education, along with the other organizations sponsoring this Internet service, will not be liable for the actions of anyone connecting to the Internet through this hook-up. The Leonia Board of Education is responsible for securing its network and computing systems to a reasonable and economically feasible degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for authorized student and faculty use.  This responsibility includes informing users, both registered and unregistered, of expected standards of conduct and the disciplinary or legal consequences for not adhering to them.  Any attempt to violate the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to temporary revocation of all computer use, regardless of the success or failure of the attempt.  Permanent revocations can result from disciplinary actions taken by the administrator called upon to investigate network abuses. 

The users of the network are responsible for respecting and adhering to local, state, federal and international laws.  Any attempt to break those laws through the use of the network may result in litigation against the offender by the proper authorities.  If such an event should occur, this organization will fully comply with the authorities to provide any information necessary for the litigation process. 

Within reason, freedom of speech and access to information will be honored. During school, teachers of younger students will guide them toward appropriate materials. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio and other potentially offensive media. 

Student Computer Network and Internet
Acceptable Use Agreement
 

I understand and agree to abide by the above terms and conditions for access to the Leonia School District’s electronic network.  I further understand that any violations of the above regulations are unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.  I understand that any violation of the above noted guidelines and regulations could result in the revocation of my access rights, the imposition of school discipline, criminal prosecution and other legal action.

 

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Name of Student User                    Homeroom #

 

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Student User Signature                            Date

 

FOR USERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

I release the Leonia Board of Education, its officers, employees, agents, and representatives and all organizations and individuals related to the Leonia Internet connection from any liability or damages that may result from my use of the computers, network or Internet connection.  I specifically agree to indemnify and hold the Leonia Board of Education harmless for any actions, claims, costs, damages or losses, including attorneys fees, incurred by the Leonia Board of Education relating to, or arising out of my use of the computers, network or Internet, or any breach of the Acceptable Use Agreement or the Terms and Conditions for the use of computers, the network or Internet.

 

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Name of Student User (Please Print)                    Homeroom #                                   Signature                      Date

 

No password or Internet access will be issued to a student unless we receive a signed responsibility contract.  Please return your signed contract to the General Office.

 

Student Computer Network And Internet Acceptable Use Agreement

Any User violating this Agreement, the Terms and Conditions for Use of Internet, applicable local, state and federal laws or posted classroom and district rules are subject to loss of network privileges and any other Board disciplinary action. 

In addition, pursuant to State of New Jersey law, any unauthorized access, attempted access, or use of any state computing and/or network system is a violation of the New Jersey Penal Code and other applicable federal laws, and is subject to criminal prosecution. 

The Leonia Board of Education reserves the right to suspend or terminate all access to the Internet if any local, state or federal government agency or entity imposes, by statute, rule or regulation, any criminal liability on the Board, its schools or representatives concerning Internet access.

USER:  I understand and will abide by the above Acceptable Use Agreement and Terms and conditions for Use of Internet.  I further understand that any violation of the above Acceptable Use Agreement or Terms and Conditions for Use of Internet is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.  Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be removed, and disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal action may be taken against me. 

 

USER: ___________________________      PARENT OR GUARDIAN:  _____________________________

 (Print Name)                                                                                                  (Print Name)

 

 

            ___________________________                                                      ___________________________

                         (Signature)                                                                                             (Signature)

 

 

___________________________                                                      ___________________________
    (Date)                                                                                                    (Date)

 

Note:  Students under the age of 18 years must sign three times to finalize this agreement. The Parent/Guardian signature must appear on this page. Students 18 years and older need only sign the top of page 2 and the User portion of page 3.

 

BOROUGH OF LEONIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

The Borough of Leonia Board of Education has actively pursued making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to our students and staff.  We are happy to announce that we now can offer Internet services to students and staff for educational purposes.  The Board believes that this computer technology will help propel our schools into the information age by allowing students and staff to access and use information sources from distant computers, communicate and share information with individuals or groups of other students and staff, and significantly expand their knowledge base.  The Internet is a tool for life-long learning and only begins to open the door to many advanced learning tools.

PROPER AND ETHICAL USE: With this new learning tool students and staff must understand and practice proper and ethical use.  All students and staff must understand the procedures, ethics and security involved in using the Internet before receiving authorization to use the system.

CONDITIONS AND RULES FOR USE:

  1. Acceptable Use
  1. a)         The purpose of the Internet is to facilitate communications in support of research and education by providing access to unique resources and an opportunity for collaborative work.  To remain eligible as a user, the use of your account must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of the board of Education.  Access to the Internet is made possible through an appropriate provider to be designed by the Board at its sole discretion.  All users of the Internet must comply with existing rules, use policies, and the Terms an Conditions for Use of Internet which are incorporated into this document and are available from the Board.
  1. b)         Transmission of any material, information or software in violation of any local, state or federal law is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret.
  1. c)         Use of the Internet for commercial activities is prohibited.  Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.
  1. Privilege

The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate use, including any violation of this Agreement and the Terms and conditions for Use of Internet may result in cancellation of the privilege.  The Board of Education, under this agreement, is delegated the authority to determine appropriate use and may deny, revoke, suspend or close any user account at any time based upon its determination of inappropriate use by an account holder or user.  Additionally, the Board may discipline or seek legal prosecution for any user who violates this Agreement and/or the Terms and conditions for use of Internet. 

  1. Monitoring

The Board of Education reserves the right to review any material and to monitor fileserver space in order to make determinations on whether specific uses of the network are inappropriate. In reviewing and monitoring user accounts and fileserver space, the Board of Education shall respect the privacy of the user.  However, if strict security and/or confidentiality is of concern, it is recommended that you not utilize the Internet or network connections provided by the Board of Education.

  1. Network Etiquette

            All users must abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a)        Be polite.  Do not use abusive language in your messages to others.

(b)        Use appropriate language.  Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.  Do not engage in activities which are prohibited under local, state or federal law.

(c)        Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of fellow students or colleagues to anyone.

(d)       Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private.  People who operate the system do have access to all mail.  Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities and may result in the loss of user privileges.

(e)        Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users.

(f)        All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be the private property of the author and therefore subject to all copyright regulations.

  1. No Warranties

The Board of Education makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, for the service it is providing.  It will not be responsible for any damages a user may suffer.  The board does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software contained on the system will meet the user’s requirements or that operation of the system will be error-free or uninterrupted or that defects in the system will be corrected.  This includes loss of data resulting from delays, no-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the Board or by the user’s errors or omissions.  Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk.  The Board specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.  All users need to consider the source of any information they obtain, and consider how valid that information may be.

  1. Security

(a)        Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  Users shall not allow others to use their password if one is assigned.  Users must also protect their password to ensure system security and their own privileges and ability to maintain continued use of the system.

(b)        If you feel you can identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system administrator.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.

(c)        Do not use another individual’s account.

(d)       Attempts to log on to the Internet as a system administrator may result in cancellation of user privileges.

(e)        Any user identified as a security risk for having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet.

  1. Vandalism and Harassment

(a)        Vandalism and harassment will result in cancellation of user privileges.

(b)        Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, modify, and destroy data of another user, the Internet, or other networks that are connected to the Internet backbone.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

(c)        Harassment is defined as the persistent annoyance of another user, or the interference of another user’s work.  Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted mail.

  1. Procedures for Use

(a)        Student users must always get permission from their instructors and/or librarian before using the network or accessing any specific file or application.  All written and oral instructions must be followed by the user.

(b)        All users have the same right to use the equipment.  Therefore, users shall not play games or use the computer resources for other non-academic activities when other users require the system for academic purposes.  In addition, users shall not waste nor take supplies, such as paper, printer supplies, and diskettes.

  1. Encounter of Controversial Material

Users may encounter material which is controversial and which users, parents, teachers or administrators may consider inappropriate or offensive.  However, on a global network, it is impossible to control effectively the content of data, and an industrious user may discover controversial material.  It is the user’s responsibility not to initiate access to such material.  Any decision by the Board of Education to restrict access to Internet material shall not be deemed to impose any duty on the Board to regulate the content of material on the Internet.

SECTION 1:  GENERAL COMPUTING POLICY

Computers, the network and the Internet must be used in support of education and research that is consistent with the educational goals and policies of the Leonia Board of Education. Once students receive permission to access the network and computer systems on that network, they are solely responsible for all actions taken while using that computer.  It will be the responsibility of the student to pay any fees accrued by use of that system.  Therefore, the following actions are prohibited:

1.1       Applying for permission under false pretenses

1.2       Sharing use of a computer with another person.  If you do share your session with another person, you will be solely responsible for any abuse by that person.

1.3       Deleting, examining, copying, or modifying of files and/or data belonging to other users without their prior consent.

1.4       Using facilities and/or services for unauthorized commercial purposes or illegal activity, including violation of copyright, trade secret or other agreements.

1.5       Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages or disrupts a computing system or network, alters its normal performance, or causes a malfunction regardless of system location or time duration.

1.6       Wasteful use of finite resources.

SECTION 2:  ELECTRONIC MAIL POLICY

Electronic mail (“E-Mail”) is an electronic message sent by or to a user in correspondence with another person having E-Mail access.  Messages received by the system are retained on the system until deleted by the recipient.  A canceled account will not retain its mail.  Users are expected to remove old messages in a timely fashion and the system administrators may remove such messages if not attended to regularly by the user.

When a user sends electronic mail (E-Mail), his name and userID are included in each mail message.  The user is responsible for all electronic mail from his userID.  Therefore, the following are prohibited:

2.1       Forging or attempting to forge electronic mail messages.

2.2       Attempting to read, delete, copy, modify or view without permission, other users’ E-Mail.

2.3       Attempting to send harassing, obscene, racist and/or other threatening E-Mail to another user.

2.4       Attempting to send unsolicited junk mail, “for-profit” messages, chain letters, etc.

2.5       Attempting to solicit votes or other unauthorized political activity.

2.6       Revealing your address, phone number, credit card number or the address, phone number or credit card number of someone else.

SECTION 3:  NETWORK AND COMPUTING SYSTEM SECURITY

A user of the network may be allowed to access only authorized networks or the computer systems attached to those networks. If a security problem is identified, a system administrator or supervising teacher must be notified.  Therefore, the following are prohibited:

3.1       Using systems and/or networks in an attempt to gain unauthorized access to remote systems.

3.2       Using systems or networks to connect to other systems evading the physical limitations of the local or remote system.

3.3       Decrypting or collecting system or user passwords.

3.4       Copying system files.

3.5       Duplicating copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner or the proper license.

3.6       Attempting to “crash” network systems or programs.

3.7       Attempting to secure a higher level of privilege on network systems.

3.8       Willfully introducing computer “viruses”, disruptive, or destructive programs into the organization network or into external networks.

3.9       Placing unlawful information on a computer or server.

Privacy Issue

The Leonia Public School educational network and computing systems are expected to be used exclusively for education-related functions and applications.  As the systems administrators have access to all files, including E-Mail files, users should have no expectation of privacy with respect to said files or E-Mail.  However, the system administrators will not normally inspect the contents of files or E-Mail sent by one user to an identified addressee, or disclose such contents to other than the sender, or an intended recipient, without the consent of the sender, or an intended recipient, unless required to do so by law or policies of the Leonia Public  School District, or to investigate complaints regarding files or E-Mail which is alleged to contain defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material. Further, the Leonia Public Schools are obligated to cooperate fully with local, state or federal officials in any investigation concerning or relating to any E-Mail transmitted on or misuses of the network and computing systems.

Terms and Conditions

The Leonia Board of Education makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The Board will not be responsible for any damages you suffer, including loss of data. The Board will not be responsible for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through this Internet connection.

All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to all users of the computers, network and Internet. These terms and conditions reflect an agreement of the parties and shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey and the United States of America. These terms and conditions are specifically incorporated by reference in the Acceptable Use Agreement and the execution of the Acceptable Use Agreement will expressly indicate acceptance and agreement with these terms and conditions.

SECTION 4: REFERENCES

N.J.S.A.  18A:11–1    N.J.S.A.  18A: 33–1   N.J.A.C. 6: 8–1.1 et seq.