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ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES ACCEPTABLE USE
Statement of Principle


The Syracuse City School District provides access to the Internet, local computer network resources, electronic mail, legally purchased software, online information subscriptions and media products (hereafter referred to collectively as “electronic information resources”) to students, staff, and community users in support of the educational objectives of the District. This equipment and these services must be used in a responsible, efficient, and legal manner in accordance with the instructional objectives and institutional needs of the District.


Acceptable Use Policy
Syracuse City Schools encourage students and staff to use the technology hardware and electronic information resources made available by the District. Violations of the following guidelines may result in loss of access as well as other disciplinary action as described in District guidelines for student and employee conduct and/or legal action as outlined in state and federal statutes.


The Acceptable Use Policy addresses the proper use of District electronic information resources and technology hardware in all locations within the Syracuse City School District, as well as, all remote locations beyond District boundaries. It is directly related to the instructional goals and/or institutional needs of the District. Any situation not addressed within this policy must be viewed within these goals and needs.

 

In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, the School Board has adopted policies requiring implementation of technology protection measures which block or otherwise protect against access through the SCSD’s systems, networks and hardware to visual displays, depictions and/or materials that are obscene, constitute child pornography and/or are harmful to minors and students.

 

Unauthorized or improper use of the SCSD computer systems and network is expressly prohibited. Users of the SCSD systems and network have no right to, or expectation of, Privacy. SCSD systems, networks and hardware will be monitored to enforce its policies and for all lawful purposes. The District has monitoring devices which maintain a running log of Internet activity, recording which sites a particular user has visited. All information, including personal information, placed on or sent over the network may be monitored.


Prohibited Activities. The Syracuse City School District provides technology hardware and electronic information resources as a service to students, staff, and members of the community in support of the educational objectives of the Syracuse City School District. These resources must be used in a responsible, efficient, and legal manner. The District expressly prohibits the use of these resources to:


A. Access, upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, or otherwise inappropriate material.
B. Transmit obscene, abusive, or sexually explicit language.
C. Violate any local, state, or federal statute.
D. Violate any District policies or procedures.
E. Vandalize, damage, or disable the property of another person or organization.
F. Access another person’s materials, information, or files without the implied or direct permission of that person.
G. Violate copyright, or otherwise use another person’s intellectual property or identity without their prior approval or proper citation.
H. Further a private or non-school-related business.


Damaging or vandalizing District hardware, networks, software and electronic information resources is forbidden.


District Responsibilities. The Syracuse City School District is responsible, to the degree possible, for protecting the safety of students who use the Internet or other electronic information resources. (See the SCSD Internet Safety Policy for a full description of restrictions placed on Internet use to safeguard students.)


Instructional Staff Responsibilities. In making decisions regarding student access to the Internet, the Syracuse city School District considers its own stated educational mission, goals, and objectives. The District expects that instructional staff will blend thoughtful use of the Internet and other electronic information resources throughout the curriculum and will provide guidance and instruction to students in its use. Staff will instruct students on how to evaluate web content. As much as possible, student inquiry using Internet resources should be guided through district purchased subscriptions to information resources. While students will be able to move beyond those resources to others that have not been previewed by staff, they shall be provided with guidelines and lists of resources appropriate to the learning objectives. When using Internet and other electronic information resources in a school setting, students must be supervised by professional staff of Syracuse City Schools.


User Responsibilities. Students and District employees who use District-sponsored Internet resources are responsible for good/ethical behavior on-line just as they are in school settings. The same general rules for behavior and communication apply. To retain access to District educational information resources, students, employees, and members of the community must use these resources in ways that are responsible and consistent with the educational objectives of the Syracuse City School District. Access is a privilege, not a right.


Parent Responsibilities. Parents and guardians of minors are ultimately responsible for setting and conveying the behavioral standards that their children should follow. Toward that end, the Syracuse City School District makes the District’s complete Internet policy and procedures available on request for review by all parents, guardians, and other members of the community.


Limitations on Privacy. Individuals using District electronic information resources should not assume that electronic files stored on District-owned computers, electronic networks, electronic mail systems, or Internet sites are private. As stated above, all information, including personal information, placed on or sent over the network may be monitored, accessed and/or logged.


Individuals using District electronic information resources should be informed that it is technologically possible and within the legal rights of the Syracuse City School District to log Internet use, including sites viewed and the local address of the computer used. Students and District staff found to have violated the guidelines of this Acceptable Use Policy while using the Internet may be subject to loss of access as well as other disciplinary and/or legal action as outlines in District guidelines for student and employee conduct.


Limitations on District Liability. The Syracuse City School District will not be responsible for any damages users suffer, including – but not limited to – loss of data resulting from delays or interruptions in service. The District will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on computers, electronic networks, web sites, or other electronic information resources maintained by the District. The District also will not be responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information gathered through District-provided Internet access. The District will not be responsible for unauthorized financial obligations resulting from District-provided access to the Internet.


Policy Adoption: June 18, 2003; Policy

 

Policy Revised: November 14, 2012.

 

Legal References
Children’s Internet Protection Act and Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act (Public Law 106-554) and the Broadband Data Improvement Act, Title II: Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (Public Law 110-385), codified at 20 U.S.C. §§ 7001 and 9134, and 47 U.S.C. §§ 254, 503, 609, and 902.

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