Technology Policy

Greer Middle College CHS

Internet Acceptable Use

INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE AND SAFETY POLICY (IAUSP)

The Policy

Greer Middle College CHS (“GMC”) provides access to GMC Internet Systems for its employees, agents, students, and volunteers, collectively referred to as “users” for educational and business purposes, in conformance with applicable law. This Internet Acceptable Use Policy (“policy”) governs all electronic activity of users using and accessing GMC Internet systems, including GMC e-mail and GMC-provided access to the Internet, and applies to the use of GMC Internet Systems both on and off school property.

“GMC Internet Systems”

includes GMC-provided devices, Internet connections (including wireless connections) provided by GMC, GMC e-mail accounts, intranet and any remote connection to GMC systems. A user is deemed to access and use GMC Internet Systems through any electronic activity conducted on GMC Internet Systems using any device (whether or not such device is GMC-provided) regardless of the user’s physical location.

“GMC-provided devices” means any electronic device provided by GMC, including, but not limited to, desktop computers, laptops, and hand-held devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones, iPads, tablets and e-readers.

Student use of GMC Internet Systems is governed by this policy, GMC regulations, policies and guidelines, the “Discipline Code” and applicable law. Employee use is governed by this policy, GMC regulations, GMC employment policies, and applicable law.

By using GMC Internet Systems, a user agrees to follow this policy and all applicable GMC regulations, policies and guidelines. All users must report any misuse of the network or Internet or receipt of any communication that violates this policy to a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate GMC personnel.

Principles of Acceptable and Safe Internet Use

General

Internet access and e-mail provided by GMC are intended for educational use, instruction, research and the facilitation of communication, collaboration, and other GMC related purposes. Users are subject to the same standards expected in a classroom and/or professional workplace.

Monitoring and privacy

Users have no right to privacy while using GMC Internet Systems. GMC monitors users’ online activities and reserves the right to access, review, copy, store, or delete any electronic communications or files. This includes any items stored on GMC-provided devices, such as files, e-mails, cookies, and Internet history.

GMC reserves the right to disclose any electronic activity, including electronic communications, to law enforcement officials or third parties, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law. GMC will fully cooperate with local, state, or federal officials in any lawful investigation concerning or relating to any illegal activities conducted through GMC Internet Systems.

Prohibited Uses of GMC Internet Systems

Users may not engage in any of the activities prohibited by this policy when using or accessing GMC Internet Systems.

If a user is uncertain whether behavior is prohibited, he or she should contact a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate GMC personnel. GMC reserves the right to take immediate action regarding activities that (1) create security and/or safety issues for GMC, students, employees, schools, network or computer resources, or (2) expend GMC resources on content GMC determines lacks legitimate educational purpose, or (3) content GMC determines is inappropriate.

 Below is a non-exhaustive list of examples of prohibited behavior:

  1. Causing harm to others, damage to their property or GMC property, such as:
  1. Using, posting or distributing profane, lewd, vulgar, threatening, or abusive language in e-mail messages, material posted on GMC web pages, or professional social media sites;
  2. Accessing, using, posting, or distributing information or materials that are pornographic or otherwise obscene, advocate illegal or dangerous acts, or advocate violence or discrimination. If users inadvertently access such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access to their teacher or school administrator.
  3. Accessing, posting or distributing harassing, discriminatory, inflammatory, or hateful material, or making damaging or false statements about others;
  4. Sending, posting, or otherwise distributing chain letters or engaging in spamming;
  5. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or GMC Internet System in any way, including spreading computer viruses, vandalizing data, software or equipment, damaging or disabling others’ electronic property, or engaging in conduct that could interfere or cause a danger of disruption to GMC educational or business environments;
  6. Using GMC Internet System in a manner that interferes with the education of the user or others or the job duties of the user or others;
  7. Downloading, posting, reproducing or distributing music, photographs, video or other works in violation of applicable copyright laws. Any music, photographs and/or video should only be downloaded for GMC, and not personal purposes. If a work specifies how that work may be used, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If users are unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright or trademark owner.
  1. Gaining or attempting to gain unauthorized access to GMC Internet Systems, or to any third party’s computer system, such as:
  1. Malicious tampering, phishing or hacking activities;
  2. Intentionally seeking information about passwords belonging to other users;
  3. Disclosing a user’s password to GMC Internet Systems to other individuals. However, students may share their GMC password with their parents.
  4. Modifying passwords belonging to other users;
  5. Attempting to log in through another person’s account;
  6. Attempting to gain access to material that is blocked or filtered by GMC;
  7. Accessing, copying, or modifying another user’s files without authorization;
  8. Disguising a user’s identity;
  9. Using the password or identifier of an account that does not belong to the user; or
  10. Engaging in uses that jeopardize access into others’ accounts or other computer networks.
  1.  Using GMC Internet Systems for commercial purposes, such as:
  1. Using GMC Internet Systems for personal financial gain;
  2. Conducting for-profit business activities, personal advertising, or other non-Department business communications;
  1. Engaging in criminal or other unlawful activities.

Filtering

In accordance to Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), GMC blocks or filters content over the Internet that GMC considers inappropriate for minors. This includes pornography, obscene material, and other material that may be harmful to minors. GMC may also block or filter other content deemed to be inappropriate, lacking educational or work-related content or that pose a threat to the network. GMC may, in its discretion, disable such filtering for certain users for bona-fide research or other lawful educational or business purposes.

Users shall not use any website, application, or methods to bypass filtering of the network or perform any other unlawful activities.

 For additional information regarding CIPA see link below: http://www.fcc.gov/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act

Protection of Personally Identifiable & Confidential Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) prohibits GMC school officials from disclosing personally identifiable information (“PII”) from education records of Department students and families to third parties without parental consent. However, several exceptions to this general rule may apply.

Student Internet Safety

  1. GMC Responsibilities:
  1. GMC will provide curriculum about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
  2. GMC will work to protect the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
  3. As appropriate, GMC will provide students, staff and parents with guidelines and instructions for student safety while using the Internet.
  1. Students Using GMC Internet Systems
  1. Students must not reveal personal information about themselves or other persons on social networking sites, in chat rooms, in emails or other direct electronic communications, or any other forum over the Internet. For example, students must not reveal their home address, or telephone or cell phone number. Students must not display photographs of themselves, or the images of others.
  2. Students should not meet in person anyone they have met only on the Internet.
  3. Students must promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message or other activity they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  4. Students should not allow GMC computers to save their passwords.

Violations of this Policy

GMC reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to GMC Internet Systems – including access to GMC email – at any time.

If a student violates this policy, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken consistent with the Discipline Code and applicable Regulations. If a student’s access to GMC Internet System is revoked, the student may not be penalized academically, and GMC will ensure that the student continues to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in the educational program.

All users must promptly disclose to their teacher, supervisor, principal or manager any information they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.

Limitation of Liability

GMC 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 GMC network are to be borne by the user. GMC 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 GMC, its or employees.

 

Developed by
R. Harris GMC Director of Technology