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The computers, software, and network are educational tools owned by the District and are provided for employees and students to conduct research, enhance performance and communicate with others. Communications over the network are often public in nature, therefore, general rules and standards for professional behavior and communications will apply. Use of the network for personal use is discouraged. Network administrators regularly monitor files and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure that staff members are using the system responsibly. All files and messages are viewable by the school district and are not private. Passwords must be disclosed to the network administrator.

The following behaviors are not permitted on district networks:

Sharing confidential information on students or employees

Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures

Assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition

Using obscene language

Harassing, insulting or attacking others

Engaging in practices that threaten the network (e.g., loading files that may introduce a virus)

Violating copyright laws

Using others passwords

Trespassing in others folders, documents or files

Intentionally wasting limited resources

Employing the network for commercial purposes

Violating regulations prescribed by the network provider

Conducting union business

Promoting, supporting or celebrating religion or religious institutions

Solicitation for any purpose

The Network Supervisor will report inappropriate behaviors to the Director of Human Resources who will take appropriate disciplinary action. Any other reports of inappropriate behavior, violations or complaints will be routed to the employee's supervisor for appropriate action. Violations may result in a loss of access and/or disciplinary action. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Each employee will be given copies of this policy and rule and will sign an acceptable use agreement (Exhibit 4062.1) before establishing an account or continuing their use beyond August 15,1997. Legal Reference: 18 US Code Sections 2501 et. seq. and 2701 et. seq. Legal Reference: Wis Stat 947.0125

Rule Revised: January 21, 1999 BOARD OF EDUCATION


Sheboygan Area School District
830 Virginia Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081