Acceptable Use Standards (AUS)

Access to Electronic Information Services and Network

(Parents/Guardians will co-sign the student form annually at the time of registration)

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    In a free and democratic society, access to information is fundamental to good citizenship. Online electronic resources provide an exceptional opportunity for the promotion of intellectual inquiry, comprehensive information gathering, and awareness of global diversity through world communication and exploration. Woodridge District 68 has an educational responsibility to instruct students in the appropriate use of electronic resources.

     

    The purpose of the District provided access to electronic information resources is to facilitate communications in support of research and education. To remain eligible as users, utilization must be in support of and consistent with the educational objectives of Woodridge District 68 and the District’s Acceptable Use Standards. Access is a privilege, not a right. Access entails responsibility. In making decisions regarding student and staff access to information resources, Woodridge District 68 considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. Access to electronic resources enables users to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards, and other resources while exchanging information with people around the world. The District expects that faculty will blend thoughtful use of electronic resources throughout the curriculum and will provide supervision, guidance, and instruction to students. Whenever possible, such resources are previewed and evaluated prior to use. If students move beyond reviewed resources to others that might not have been previewed by staff, they are provided with guidelines and/or lists of resources suited to their learning objectives.

     

    Even though the District may institute technical methods or systems to regulate access, those methods will not guarantee compliance with the District’s Acceptable Use Standards. Ultimately, however, school staff, parents, and guardians share a responsibility for setting and conveying the standards that students should follow when using media and information sources. Toward that end, Woodridge District 68 requires that all users adhere to the District’s Acceptable Use Standards.

     

    Users should be aware that some material accessible via electronic resources may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. In addition, it is possible to purchase certain goods and services via the Internet which could result in unwanted financial obligations for which a student’s parent or guardian would be liable.

     

    Woodridge District 68 makes no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the electronic resources it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including but not limited to lost data. Due to the potential or tampering with stored data, the District cannot be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of electronically stored information on District media or through District provided Internet sources. The District cannot be responsible for personal property used to access District data or for District provided Internet access. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from District provided access to the Internet.

     

    Individual buildings may create their own guidelines and procedures consistent with these standards. Such guidelines and procedures, appropriate for the electronic resources being used and the users served at the school, that are consistent with these standards. The consequences for student users, who fail to follow District and building guidelines and standards, may include paying for damages, limited access to technology, detention, suspension, or expulsion. In severe cases, the District will involve law enforcement authorities.

     

    Students utilizing District provided electronic resources must first have the permission of and be supervised by Woodridge District 68 staff. All users utilizing school provided technology are responsible for appropriate behavior. The following uses of school provided technology are not permitted:

    1. Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any U.S. or State law;
    2. Unauthorized access, downloading and/or installation of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted, de-virused or licensed;
    3. Downloading copyrighted material.
    4. Using the network for private financial or commercial gain and/or advertising;
    5. Wastefully using District resources, such as file space, internet resources and printing.
    6. Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to, or tampering with files, data, resources, and/or entities;
    7. Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information about anyone that is of a personal nature;
    8. Using another’s account or password;
    9. Posting material authored or created by another without his/her consent;
    10. Posting anonymous messages;
    11. Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, and/or displaying defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material;
    12. Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked;
    13. Publishing or otherwise disseminating another person’s identity, personal information, account, or password;
    14. Promoting or encouraging the use of illegal or controlled substances;
    15. Unauthorized use of the network to play computer games, enroll in list services, or participate chat rooms, use external e-mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications;
    16. To remove, install, or exchange any hardware or software component from any electronic system without the consent of the network administrator;
    17. To allow any student to work under another student or staff member’s ID;
    18. To attach personal devices to the network. These include personal computers, smartphones, and personal music devices.
    19. Recreational and/or unsupervised use of social networking sites as well as blogs, wikis, and bulletin boards.
    20. Creating, accessing and/or distributing at school any written or electronic material, including material from the internet that will cause substantial disruption of the proper and orderly operation and discipline of the school or school activities.