Acceptable Use Policy

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  • 1. Acceptable Use Policy Meridith Jones Davis EDTC 630 Fall 2013
  • 2. Overview • Definition – a document that outlines a set of rules to be followed by users or customers of a set of computing resources, which could be a computer network, website or large computer system. An AUP clearly states what the user is and is not allowed to do with the these resources. (http://www.techopedia.com/definition/2471/acceptable-use-policy-aup)
  • 3. Overview • Student AUP • Teacher AUP *Meant to keep all parties safe while using Telecommunications
  • 4. Overview • Written with clear and concise language • Should include: – A preamble – A definition section – A policy statement – An acceptable uses section – An unacceptable uses section – A violations/sanctions section • (https://www.scholastic.com/librarians/tech/techpolicy.htm) • (http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr093.shtml)
  • 5. BCPS Policy • Found on the OIT web site
  • 6. BCPS Policy Students shall: • Use telecommunications for educational purposes. • Communicate with others in a courteous and respectful manner. • Maintain the privacy of an individual's personal information such as address, phone number, password(s), and respect the same privacy of others. • Use only telecommunications accounts and passwords provided by the BCPS. • Report any incident of harassment to the supervising employee. • Comply with copyright laws and intellectual property rights of others. • Agree to the review of student communications, data, and files by the Baltimore County Public Schools. • Report violation of this Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy to the supervising employee. Students shall not: •Knowingly enter unauthorized computer networks or software to tamper or destroy data. •Bypass the school system’s filtering server. •Access or distribute abusive, harassing, bullying, libelous, obscene, offensive, profane pornographic, threatening, sexually explicit, or illegal material. •Install unauthorized software on computers. •Use telecommunications for commercial, purchasing, or illegal purposes. •Use telecommunications in any other manner that would violate the School Board’s disciplinary policies.
  • 7. BCPS Policy Employees shall: • Use telecommunications for educational purposes only. • Communicate with others in a courteous and professional manner. • Comply with the privacy rights of all persons. • Comply with copyright laws and intellectual property rights of others. • Comply with related Board Policies and Superintendent’s Rules. • Report to the office head/principal or designee receipt of electronic messages which threaten to endanger the safety of students, employees, or other persons. • Agree to the review of employee communications, data, text, and files by the system network administrator, web team, principal, and/or office or school webmaster. • Report to the office head/principal or designee any suspected violations of Policy and Rule 4104 and 6202. • Safeguard confidential information available to Employees shall not: •Use the BCPS telecommunications network for personal reasons. •Bypass the school system’s filtering proxy server. •Access or distribute abusive, harassing, bullying, libelous, obscene, offensive, profane, pornographic, threatening, sexually explicit, or illegal material. •Use telecommunications for lobbying, commercial, or illegal purposes. •Knowingly enter unauthorized computer networks or software to tamper or destroy data. •Install unauthorized software on computers. •Incur unauthorized financial obligation to the BCPS. •Share passwords to access BCPS computer networks, services, and/or information resources. •Use telecommunications in any other manner that would violate Board policy and rules
  • 8. BCPS Policy • Violation of the AUP could mean suspended Telecommunications privileges or other disciplinary action
  • 9. Communication - Employees • Review and sign at time of hiring • Review at the beginning of every school year • Easily accessible on the district web site
  • 10. Communication - Students • Review on the first day of school – Or the first day for a late entrant • Reviewed in classes that will use Telecommunication devices • Easily accessible on the district web site
  • 11. Implementation with Students • Lessons on: – Proper use of Telecommunications – Digital Citizenship – Ethical use of the Internet • Teachers must be vigilant – Physical set up and positioning – Monitor student activity • Create clear directions and expectations
  • 12. Implementation for Teachers • Professional Development – At least once a year • Use district devices only for work related needs – Use home computer for all personal needs • Training in Copyright Law • Restricted access for installing new software
  • 13. Sources • Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). (2013). Techopedia. Retrieved from: http://www.techopedia.com/definition/2471/acceptable-use-policy-aup • Why Have a Technology Policy in Your School?. (2013). Scholastic. Retrieved from: https://www.scholastic.com/librarians/tech/techpolicy.htm • Getting Started on the Internet: Developing an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). (2013). Education World. Retrieved from: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr093.shtml • BCPS Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy for Students. (2013). Baltimore County Public Schools. Retrieved from: http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/forms_exhibits/6000Series/FOR M6202A.pdf • BCPS Telecommunications Acceptable Use Policy for Employees. (2013). Baltimore County Public Schools. Retrieved from: http://www.bcps.org/system/policies_rules/FORMS_EXHIBITS/4000SERIE S/FORM4104A.pdf