Acceptable Use Policy

Usage Guidelines for Computer and Internet Sources

The following guidelines must be adhered to by all persons who use the high school computing and Internet resources; whether from systems on campus or dialing in from off campus. The following does not cover every situation which pertains to proper, or improper, use of the computer resources, but do suggest some of the responsibilities which one accepts if he or she chooses to use a high school computing resource of the network access which the high school provides.

1. Electronic communications facilities (such as e-mail, office mail, talk, network news and internet relay chat) are for high school related activities only. Fraudulent, harassing or obscene messages and/or other materials must not be transmitted over the Internet or any other network on or off campus. Inappropriate messages include but are not limited to the following:
  • Messages sent under an assumed name or modified address or with the intent to obscure the origin of the message
  • Messages that harass an individual or group because of sex, race, religious beliefs, national origin, physical attributes or sexual preference.
2. Messages, sentiments, and declarations sent as electronic mail or sent as electronic postings must meet the same standard for distribution for display as if they were tangible documents or instruments. One certainly may publish opinions, but their origins must be clearly and accurately identified.
  • If one wishes to participate in a news group of a controversial nature, a disclaimer must be included within the text of any document that states the author speaks for him/herself and not as a representative of Ottawa Township High School.
  • If acting as the authorized agent of a group recognized by Ottawa Township High School, one must also identify the information as coming from an authorized representative of the group. Attempts to alter the “From” line or other attribution of origin in electronic mail, messages, or postings, constitute transgressions of high school rules.
3. One must not create and send, or forward, electronic chain letters.

4. Creating, altering, or deleting any electronic information contained in, or posted to, any campus computer or affiliated network constitutes forgery, if it would be considered so on a tangible document or instrument.

5. One must not intentionally seek information about, browse, obtain copies of, or modify files, passwords, or tapes belonging to other people, whether at Ottawa Township High School or elsewhere, unless specifically authorized to do so by those individuals. Also, one must not attempt to intercept, capture, alter, or interfere in any way with information on campus or global network paths.

6. One must not, without authorization or entitlement, attempt to decrypt or translate encrypted material, or obtain system privileges. Such attempts constitute serious transgressions.

7. Encounter or observation of a gap in system or network security must be reported to the Systems Operator or the classroom instructor. One must refrain from exploiting any such gaps in security.

8. One must refrain from interference with the supervisory or accounting functions of the systems, or action likely to have such effects.

9. One must be sensitive to the public nature of shared facilities, taking care not to display on screens in such locations images, sounds or messages which could create an atmosphere of discomfort or harassment for others. One must also refrain from transmitting to others in any location inappropriate images, sounds or messages which might reasonably be considered harassing.

10. One must not deliberately attempt to degrade the performance of a computer system on the Internet or to deprive authorized personnel of resources or access to any computer system. Internet services such as Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Multi User Dungeons (MUDs and variants), and Talk consume system resources. Deliberate, excessive use of these services, constitute an attempt to deprive others of resources.