purpose and goal of the network. Indecent activities include violations of generally
accepted social standards for use of publicly-owned and operated equipment.
• Non-District Employee Use: District Computers may only be used by District staff
and students, and others expressly authorized by the District to use the equipment.
• Disruptive Use: District Computers may not be used to interfere or disrupt other
users, services, or equipment. For example, disruptions 'include distribution of
unsolicited advertising ("Spam"), propagation of computer viruses, distribution of
large quantities of information that may overwhelm the system (chain letters,
network games, or broadcasting messages), and any unauthorized access to or
destruction of District Computers or other resources accessible through the District's
computer network ("Crack Mug" or "Hacking").
District Computers, the Internet, and use of email are not inherently secure or
private. For example, the content of an email message, including attachments, is most
analogous to a letter or official memo rather than a telephone call, since a record of the
contents of the email may be preserved by the sender, recipient, any parties to whom the
email may be forwarded, or by the email system itself. It is important to remember that
once an email message is sent, the sender has no control over where it may be
forwarded and deleting a message from the user's computer system does not necessarily
delete it from the District computer system. In some cases, emails have also been treated
as public records in response to a public records disclosure request. Likewise, files, such
as Internet "cookies" (explained more fully below) may be created and stored on a
computer without the user's knowledge. Users are urged to be caretaker's of your
own privacy and to not store sensitive or personal information on District
Computers. The District may need to access, monitor, or review electronic data stored
on District Computers, including email and Internet usage records.
While the District respects the privacy of its staff and while the District currently
does not have a practice of monitoring or reviewing electronic information, the District
reserves the right to do so for any reason. The District may monitor and review the
information in order to analyze the use of systems or compliance with policies, conduct
audits, review performance or conduct, obtain information, or for other reasons. The
District reserves the right to disclose any electronic message to law enforcement
officials, and under some circumstances, may be required to disclose information to law
enforcement officials, the public, or other third parties, for example, in response to a
document production request made in a lawsuit involving the District or by a third party
against the user or pursuant to a public records disclosure request.
The Appropriate Use Procedures are applicable to all users of District Computers
and refers to all information resources whether 'individually controlled, shared, stand
alone, or networked. Disciplinary action, if any, for students, staff, and other users shall
be consistent with the District's standard policies and practices. Violations may
constitute cause for revocation of access privileges, suspension of access to District
computers, other school disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action. Specific
disciplinary measures will be determined on a case-by-case basis.