1 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Students The Board of Education recognizes that the Technology, Assessment and Accountability (TAA) Department's resources (computers, mobile devices, network access, computer and network applications) provide a wide variety of opportunities to achieve educational goals and objectives. Access to this vast range of resources should be used in a safe, responsible and proper manner in support of the instructional program and for the advancement of student learning. The District s Acceptable Use Policy ( AUP ) is to prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by users online, prevent unauthorized disclosure of or access to sensitive information, and to comply with the Children s Internet Protection Act ( CIPA ). As used in this policy, user includes anyone using the computers, Internet, , chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications or equipment provided by the District (the network ). Only current students or employees are authorized to use the network. The District will use technology protection measures to block or filter, to the extent practicable, access of visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, and harmful to minors over the network. The District reserves the right to monitor users' online activities and to access, review, copy, and store or delete any electronic communication or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of District property, network and/or Internet access or files, including . Acceptable Uses of the PUSD Computer Network or the Internet Schools must verify each year that students using the computer network and Internet access for that school year have a signed AUP on file. The Acceptable Use Policy and signature page is found in the Parent/Student Handbook and on-line on the District website. Students who are under 18 must have their parents or guardians sign this page and schools must keep it on file. Once signed that permission/acknowledgement page remains in effect until revoked by the parent, or the student loses the privilege of using the District s network due to violation of this policy or is no longer an PUSD student. Employees and other users are required to follow this policy. Even without signature, all users must follow this policy and report any misuse of the network or Internet to a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel. Students shall use the District's Network responsibly and primarily for educational purposes. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use is acceptable or appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel. Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or Internet These are examples of inappropriate activity on the District web site, but the District reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities (1) that create security and/or safety issues for the District, students, employees, schools, network or computer resources, or (2) that expend District resources on content the District in its sole discretion determines lacks legitimate educational content/purpose, or (3) other activities as determined by the District as inappropriate. Violating any state or federal law or municipal ordinance, such as: accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials,
2 materials that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or copyrighted materials; Criminal activities that can be punished under law; Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances; Obtaining and/or using anonymous sites; spamming; spreading viruses; Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as: 1. Using profane, abusive, or impolite language posting, submitting, publishing or displaying harmful or inappropriate matter that is threatening, obscene, disruptive or sexually explicit, or that could be construed as harassment or disparagement of others based on their race/ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, or political beliefs. 2. Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' names, s, files, or data; disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous ; 3. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance; 4. Using any District computer to pursue hacking, internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws; or 5. Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of "pyramid schemes". Engaging in uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into others accounts or other computer networks, such as: 1. Using another s account password(s) or identifier(s); 2. Interfering with other users' ability to access their account(s); or 3. Disclosing anyone s password to others or allowing them to use another s account(s). Using the network or Internet for Commercial purposes: 1. Using the Internet for personal financial gain; 2. Using the Internet for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or 3. Conducting for-profit business activities and/or engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes. Student Internet Safety 1. Students under the age of eighteen should only access PUSD accounts outside of school if a parent or legal guardian supervises their usage at all times. The student s parent or guardian is responsible for monitoring the minor s use; 2. Students shall not reveal on the Internet personal information about themselves or other persons. For example, students should not reveal their name, home address, telephone number, or display photographs of themselves or others; 3. Students shall not meet in person anyone they have met only on the Internet; and 4. Students must abide by all laws, this Acceptable Use Policy and all District security policies. Penalties for Improper Use The use of a District account is a privilege, not a right, and misuse will result in the restriction or cancellation of the account. Misuse may also lead to disciplinary and/or legal
3 action for both students and employees, including suspension, expulsion, dismissal from District employment, or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The District will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to the specific issues related to each violation. Disclaimer The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author's individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.
4 Sign and Return: Acceptable Use Policy Agreement REQUIRED SIGNATURES OF AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY THE STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY Return to your child s school. STUDENT (Signature of student required in grades 6 through 12). I understand and will abide by the provisions and conditions of the Pasadena School District Technology Acceptable Use Policy. I understand that any violations of these provisions may result in disciplinary action, the revoking of my user account, and appropriate legal action. I also agree to report any misuse of the information system to my teacher. Misuse can come in many forms, but can be viewed as any messages sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described above. All the rules of conduct described in the District s Code of Conduct apply when I am on the network. Student Name (please print): I.D.# Student Signature Date PARENT OR GUARDIAN Students must have the signature of a parent or guardian who has read this contract. As the parent or guardian of the student, I have read the contract in this handbook and understand that it is designed for educational purposes. I understand that it is impossible for Pasadena Unified School District to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold the District responsible for materials acquired on the network. I also agree to report any misuse of the information system to my child s teacher or principal. Misuse can come in many forms, but can be viewed as any messages sent or received that indicate or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, and other issues described above. I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child s use is not in a school setting. I hereby give my permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct. Parent or Guardian Name (please print): Signature Date Please return this form to your school where it will be kept on file. This form is required for all students that will be using a computer network and/or Internet access.
5 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) GUIDELINES AND CONSENT FOR STUDENT Internet, web-based student accounts are made available to Pasadena Unified School District s students for instructional reasons. Student access to is a privilege with a consequent degree of responsibility for the user. As an instructional tool, student accounts are monitored and controlled by the Technology, Assessment and Accountability Department (TAA). As administrators of the student system TAA will: 1. Enable and disable student accounts as needed for instructional reasons. 2. Access and read student for the purpose of monitoring appropriate student use. 3. Supervise student use of the system and report incidents to the appropriate District administrator for action. Student responsibilities include: 1. Students must not use in an inappropriate or offensive manner and adhere to the PUSD Acceptable Use Policy. 2. Students should never put personal information in their messages (name, phone number, age, home address, social security number etc.). 3. Students are responsible for returning a signed parental consent form before accounts will be issued. The Student system has been configured with the following constraints: 1. To prevent the spread of computer viruses the ability of the system to send and receive attachments will be controlled. 2. Student accounts will only be able to send or receive s within the pusd.us domain. 3. All student s will be archived for 10 years. STUDENT GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL With the consent of your parent/guardian, you will be provided an account for instructional use. This is a privilege extended to you to aid your learning and it may be withdrawn or modified by the Technology, Assessment and Accountability Department AT ANY TIME if it is misused. By signing this document to use school provided you become responsible for your actions and will be held accountable for them. This account is provided as a support to the instructional process and consequently any and all messages are open for review by TAA and District Administrators. In maintaining and securing the system, TAA will have access to ALL message traffic. Follow these guidelines and apply common sense to evaluate your actions in using the system: 1. Messages will not contain profanity, obscene comments or sexually explicit materials. 2. Messages will not contain racist, sexist, religious or generation derogatory content. 3. User identity will be accurately reflected in all message traffic. 4. No virus, program, or addition will be introduced into the system, which alters its operation, destroys or damages data or renames or relocates files. 5. Passwords, or other access identifiers, are not to be shared by student users. No student is authorized to use any other person s password or account.
6 Sign and Return: Student/Parent Guidelines and Consent for Student STUDENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT Print first and last name Student ID Signature Grade Date PARENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND CONSENT As parent/guardian I consent to the above named student being assigned an account. Print first and last name Signature Date As parent/guardian I DO NOT consent and DO NOT want the above named student to have an account. Print first and last name Signature Date Please return this form to your school where it will be kept on file. This form is required for all students that will have PUSD access.
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