STUDENT COMPUTER AND INTERNET USE
These rules implement Temple Academy’s policy concerning Student Computer and Internet Use. The rules are intended to provide general guidelines and examples of prohibited uses, but do not attempt to state all required or prohibited activities by users. Failure to comply with these rules may result in loss of computer and Internet access privileges, disciplinary action and/or legal action.
A. Computer Use is a Privilege, Not a Right
Student use of the computers, networks and Internet services while attending Temple Academy is a privilege, not a right. Unacceptable use or activity may result in suspension or cancellation of privileges as well as additional disciplinary and/or legal action. The Principal shall have final authority to decide whether a student's privileges will be denied or revoked.
B. Acceptable Use
Student access to Temple Academy's computers, networks and Internet services are provided for educational purposes and research consistent with Temple’s educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals. Use of the school's computers, networks and Internet services for non-educational purposes (i.e. personal entertainment, non-educational games, etc.) is prohibited. The same rules and expectations govern student use of computers as apply to other student conduct and communications.
Students are further expected to comply with these rules and all specific instructions from teachers and other approved supervisors when accessing Temple Academy computers, networks and Internet services. Non-supervised use of computers is prohibited.
C. Prohibited Use
Each user is responsible forhis/her actions and activities involving Temple Academy computers, networks and Internet services and for his/her computer files, passwords and accounts. Examples of unacceptable uses that are expressly prohibited include but are not limited to the following:
- Inappropriate Materials - Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal.
- Illegal Activities - Using the school's computers, networks and Internet services for any illegal activity or activity that violates other school policies, procedures and/or rules.
- Violating Copyrights - Copying or downloading copyrighted materials without the owner's permission.
- Plagiarism - Representing as one's own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.) When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher and Web site must be identified.
- Copying Software - Copying, downloading, or installing software without the express authorization of the Principal or his/her designee.
- Non-School-Related Uses - Using the school's computers, networks and Internet services for non-school-related purposes such as private financial gain, commercial, advertising or solicitation purposes, or for any other personal use.
- Misuse of Passwords and Unauthorized Access - Sharing passwords, using other users' passwords and/or accessing other users' accounts. Any communications that are in violation of generally accepted rules of network etiquette and/or professional conduct. Any attempt to access unauthorized sites.
Any attempt to delete, erase or otherwise conceal any information stored on a Temple Academy computer that violates these rules.
- Malicious Use and Vandalism - Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school's computers, networks and Internet services, or breach of security features including, but not limited to, any hacking activities and creation and/or uploading of computer viruses. Opening or forwarding any e-mail attachments (executable files, documents. etc.) from unknown sources.
Opening or forwarding any e-mail attachments or files known to contain a virus. Any misuse or damage to the school's computer equipment.
- Unauthorized Access to Chat Rooms, News Groups and use of Instant Messaging - There shall be no access to chat rooms. There shall be no general access to news groups or use of instant messages except that specific authorization for special educationally related purposes may be granted on a case-bycase basis.
- Other unacceptable uses that the Principal or his/her designee may find unacceptable. -Any use as a forum for communicating by e-mail or any other medium with other school users or outside parties to solicit, proselytize, advocate or communicate the views of an individua1 or non-school-sponsored organization; to solicit membership in or support of any non-school-sponsored organization; or to raise funds for any non-school-sponsored purpose, whether for-profit or not-for-profit. No student shall knowingly provide school e-mail addresses to outside parties whose intent is to communicate with school employees, students and/or their families for non-school purposes. Students who are uncertain as to whether particular activities are acceptable should seek further guidance from the Principal or other appropriate administrator. There shall be no communication that represents personal views as those of Temple Academy or that could be misinterpreted as such. Students shall not send mass emails to school users or outside parties for non-school purposes without the permission of the Principal or School Board.
D. No Expectation of Privacy
Temple Academy retains control custody and supervision of all computers, networks and Internet services owned or leased by the school. Temple Academy reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activities by students. Students have no expectations of privacy in their use of school computers, including e-mail, Internet access and stored files.
E. Compensation for Losses, Costs and/or Damages
The student and/or the student's parent or guardian shall be responsible for compensating Temple Academy for any losses, costs or damages incurred by Temple Academy related to violations of these rules, including investigation of violations.
F. Temple Academy Assumes No Responsibility for Unauthorized Charges, Costs or Illegal Use
Temple Academy assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges made by students including, but not limited to, credit card charges, long-distance telephone charges, equipment and line costs, or for any illegal use of its computers such as copyright violations.
G. Student Security
A student shall not reveal his/her or any other person's full name, address or telephone number on the Internet without prior permission from a supervising teacher. Students should never meet people they have contacted through the Internet without parental permission.
Students should inform their supervising teacher if they access information or messages that are dangerous, inappropriate or make them uncomfortable in any way.
The security of the school's computers, networks and Internet services is a high priority. Any user who identifies a security problem must notify the system administrator or other person(s) named by the Principal as an appropriate security administrator. The user shal1 not demonstrate the problem to others.
Any user who attempts or causes a breach of system security shall have his/her privileges revoked and may be subject to additional disciplinary and/or legal action.