General User Policy
Acceptable Use Policy for Technology
Acceptable Use Policy for Technology
(The following sample has been created by the Education
Department and reviewed by Diocesan attorneys for use in the Catholic schools
on Long Island; however, the Diocese of
Rockville Centre does not maintain a Diocesan wide acceptable use policy. The
following policy should in no way be construed as an official policy of the
Diocese of Rockville Centre, but shall be the policy of any individual school
which chooses to adopt it.)
Student Use Policy
St. Joseph School
St. Joseph School has an established computer network
with access to the Internet for it students. This network has been established
for limited educational purposes only. By agreeing to this policy the student
and the parents and/or guardians of the students fully agree to the following:
There is NO RIGHT TO PRIVACY when using the school's
computer resources. Administration, faculty, and other authorized persons will
have the right to review any and all material saved, transmitted, accessed, or
momentarily in use by the student in accord with the policy set by the school's
administration. This right is extended to the student's parents and/or legal
guardian in accord with the school's policy for review of student records
There is NO ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH when
using the school's computer resources, which is viewed by the administration as
a limited educational forum.
All access to the school's network resources will be
permitted only under the supervision of a member of the school staff.
student agrees that all information transmitted through the use of the
school's computer resources (e-mail, web page publication, or other
Internet postings) will be sent or received only under the direct,
immediate supervision of a member of the school's staff and with the
explicit permission of that staff member.
student agrees to stop using any and all of the school's computer
resources whenever requested to do so by a member of staff or other
student agrees never to transmit the personal information (name, age,
gender, address, phone number, e-mail address and the like) of himself or
herself as well as that of any other person.
student agrees never to arrange for a meeting with any person at any time
using the school's computer resources.
student agrees to notify a staff member immediately if he or she is asked
for personal information, views inappropriate materials, or in any other
way feels violated, harassed, uncomfortable, or accosted through the
school's computer resources.
student agrees never to access, transmit, or retransmit material which
promotes violence or advocates destruction of property, including, but not
limited to, access to information concerning the manufacture of
destructive devices, such as explosives, fireworks, smoke bombs,
incendiary devices, and the like.
student agrees never to access, transmit, or retransmit any information
containing sexually oriented material, which means any pictures or
writings that are intended to stimulate erotic feelings by the description
or portrayal of sexual activity or nude human form.
student agrees never to use the school's computer resources for commercial
purposes. The student will never buy nor sell anything using the school's
The school's system will never be used for political
lobbying, although it may be used to communicate with elected representatives
to express opinions on political issues.
student agrees never to tamper with any software and/or hardware including
software or hardware that guard the school's network from unmanaged
Internet use. The student agrees never to tamper with any security system
that protects the school's computer resources.
student agrees to use only the software and/or hardware permitted by a
member of staff for express educational purposes.
student agrees never to use the school's computer resources to gain
unauthorized access to another computer network (hacking).
student agrees never to access other user accounts using passwords or
identifiers. The student agrees never to disclose personal account
passwords or identifiers.
student agrees never to disguise one's identity, impersonate other users,
or send anonymous e-mail messages.
student agrees never to transmit (download or upload) any computer file,
application, or other computer resource to or from the school's computer
network. This includes the unauthorized installation of software from a
floppy disk, CD-ROM, or other media.
student agrees never to use inappropriate, obscene, profane, rude,
inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language. The student agrees
never to post false information or engage in personal, prejudicial, or
student agrees never to harass another person by use of any of the
school's resources. Harassment is defined as any action that distresses or
annoys another person. The student agrees to stop immediately any and all
behavior that is construed by another as unwelcome.
student agrees never to plagiarize. Plagiarism is defined as taking the
idea or writing of others and presenting them as one's own.
student agrees to respect the right of intellectual property of other
people and to respect all copyright laws. The student agrees that if he or
she is unsure whether copyright law is being respected, he or she will
bring this question immediately to the attention of a staff member.
student agrees never to participate in illegal activity using the school's
computer resources. The school will cooperate fully with local, state, or
federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities
conducted through the school's resources.
St. Joseph School will not be held responsible for
the actions of a student who is in violation of any of the terms of this
policy. This responsibility is extended to, but not limited to: loss of data or
interruptions of service, the accuracy or quality of information obtained
through the school's system, or any financial obligations arising through the
unauthorized use of the school's computer resources.
The school reserves the right to establish rules and
regulations regarding the use of the system.
A student found in violation of this policy will be subject
to discipline including, but not limited to, temporary removal from the
school's system, permanent removal from the system, or other appropriate
disciplinary action in accord with the rules and regulations of the school,
including suspension or termination.