• Instruction
    Access to Electronic Networks

    The Internet is an electronic network of computers throughout the world providing communication and resource sharing services. These services are intended to support the open exchange of information among many different kinds of institutions all over the world. Use of the Technology Center of DuPage’s (TCD) Internet Computer provides students, teachers, parents, and any other interested parties with access to the vast amount of information available through these connections. This is a significant opportunity for TCD Staff, but it also entails a certain amount of responsibility.

    These are valuable sources of information available on the Internet. While the majority of information found on the Internet is educationally sound, users may come across material that is inconsistent with the goals of TCD. The school administration structures the use of the Internet to direct staff towards valuable information, it is the responsibility of each user to follow the policy outlined below:

    Appropriate Use

    The use of the Internet at TCD is restricted to the support of any research for educational purposes directly involved in the development of class assignments, research needed for the completion of specific job duties, and which is consistent with the educational goals of the school.

    The students and staff will use computing and networking resources in an effective, efficient, ethical, and legal manner.  As required by federal law and Board policy, students will be educated about appropriate online behavior, including but not limited to:  (1) interacting with other individuals on social networking websites, and in chat rooms, and (2) cyber bullying awareness and response.

    Security

    The school administration has worked to create a secure environment for the use of the Internet. If a problem is discovered on the Internet, it is imperative that the problem be reported directly to the school administration or staff.

    Access to areas that have been posted as off-limits is forbidden.

    Any unauthorized use of files is prohibited.  Technology protection measures shall be used on each TCD computer with internet access.  Such measures shall include a filtering device that protects against adults or students accessing visual depictions that are: (1) obscene, (2) pornographic, or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by federal law and as determined by the Director or designee.

    Netiquette

    Users are expected to show mutual respect for others at all times.

    A cooperative attitude will ensure everyone has equal privileges, privacy and protection from interference or harassment.

    Users will avoid excessive use of resources: for example, computers, printers, graphic devices, networks and processor time.

    Staff will respect the people responsible for overseeing the computers in the workplace and classroom and those responsible for administering the network and follow established procedures.

    Internet Access and Electronic Mail Policy

    No Expectation of Privacy

    Staff should be aware that they have no privacy interest and no reasonable expectation of privacy while using any TCD-provided access to the Internet, including the “World Wide Web”, and Electronic Mail (E-mail). In addition, staff should have no expectation that any information transmitted or stored on TCD computers is or will remain private.

    Monitoring and/or Searching Internet Use and/or Electronic Communications

    In the course of their duties, system operators, board personnel, or other staff may monitor and/or search individual use of the Internet or review the contents of stored or transmitted data.

    Moreover, all products, information and files created by an employee using TCD technology (either hardware or software) are also subject to such monitoring and/or searches. Such monitoring and/or searches may occur with or without cause. However, it will generally be expected to occur in the following circumstances (which are not intended as an all-inclusive list):

       1. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to transmit discriminatory or offensive material or messages (including, but not limited to defamatory, false, inaccurate, abusive, threatening, racially offensive, or illegal material);
       2. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to transmit, receive, download, or otherwise produce or view obscene, pornographic, profane, sexually-oriented, or illegal material or messages;
       3. Determining the presence of illegal material or unlicensed software;
       4. Ensuring that TCD systems are not used to conduct illegal activities, engage in gambling, wagering, betting, or selling chances, or otherwise engage in any activity for personal gain or profit;
       5. Responding to legal proceedings that call for the production of electronically stored evidence;
       6. Responding to investigations of misconduct or wrongdoing;
       7. Selling or offering to sell any goods or services on the Internet or World Wide Web; and
       8. Any other circumstance in which monitoring and/or a search may or is expected to produce evidence of misconduct or wrongdoing.

    Violation of Policy

    Violation of this policy and/or any misuse of TCD technology may result in limiting or revoking personal Internet use privileges, including access to the World Wide Web and/or Electronic Mail, and/or suspension/termination of employment, and/or other appropriate disciplinary action for employees.

    Please keep a copy of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy in a safe place for future reference. Failure to return the commitment statement prohibits the employee from Internet usage.

    LEGAL REF.: No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. §6777.
    Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254(h) and (l).
    Enhancing Education Through Technology Act, 20 U.S.C §6751 et seq.
    47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart F, Universal Service Support for Schools and Libraries.
    720 ILCS 135/0.01.

    CROSS REF.: 5:100 (Staff Development Program), 5:170 (Copyright), 6:210 (Instructional Materials), 6:230 (Learning Resource Center), 6:260 (Complaints About Curriculum, Instructional Materials, and Programs), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:190 (Student Discipline)

    ADOPTED: November 15, 2012