Responsible Use Policy
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University High School strongly believes in the value of technology and recognizes its potential in the school setting to support the curriculum and student learning. The use of technology and information systems is an educational privilege, not a personal right. Technology is implemented at UHS to enhance communications between teachers and students and improve information about classroom experiences for parents. However, University High School expects all users of technology to abide by the policies set forth by federal and state statutes, Board of Trustees, and school discipline policies. IUSD retains the right to change such terms and conditions at any time.
Technology Opportunities at UHS
B.Y.O.T. (Bring Your Own Technology)
University High School allows students to “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT). This program will enable students to attach personal electronic devices the University High wireless guest network. A filtered Internet connection on our “guest” wireless network will be provided for student use. Students and parents need to be aware of several rules and requirements before a device is brought to school:
1. The student is solely responsible for any equipment that he/she brings to school. University High School is not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged personal equipment. Students are encouraged to secure any devices in their lockers or on their person.
2. Student devices are to be used at the discretion of the classroom teacher. In the classroom environment, the teacher or other designated adult is the determiner of appropriate and inappropriate use of technology as well as procedures in that classroom. Inappropriate use of the device may result in confiscation of the device and/or disciplinary action.
3. Students are permitted to use the UHS guest network. University High School will not be liable for any content viewed on a student’s private network. Any student involved in such an act will be subject to disciplinary action.
4. The University High School faculty, staff, and administration (Including IT personnel) will not service any non-district technology, which includes troubleshooting, software or hardware issues. Students are responsible for securing their devices and making sure that they have up-to-date anti-virus software installed, if applicable.
5. Administrators reserve the right to confiscate any technology "privately owned or school owned" when it is being used as a means that does not support a wholesome and safe educational atmosphere for our students or when being accessed during non-approved times. The confiscated technology will be held by the Admin until arrangements have been made to pick up the device and there may be additional disciplinary consequences.
Google Apps/Microsoft One Drive for Education
The Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) is offering an online service for its students called Google Apps for Education and Microsoft One Drive. Google Apps for Education and Microsoft One Drive are an internet based group of tools which will allow students to create and store documents, access information, study, and collaborate with students and teachers through the internet. Students can access Google Apps for Education and Microsoft One Drive while at school, but students can also access the online service outside of school from anyplace that they have access to the Internet.
Google Apps for Education and Microsoft One Drive is a secure website that offers dozens of security features specifically designed to keep students’ data safe, secure, and private. Certain laws apply to the use of technology in the Irvine Unified School District, including the following:
- Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA): COPPA is a federal law that applies to commercial companies and website operators and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under the age of 13. COPPA also applies to school districts that use third-party website operators to offer online services to students. COPPA requires school districts to obtain parental permission if personal information is collected from students under the age of 13 by any third-party website operator, such as Google. For more information, please access http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/coppafaqs.shtm
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Generally under FERPA, school districts must obtain parental or student consent prior to disclosure of student records. However, schools may disclose directory information without prior consent, except that parents may request the school not disclose this information (See Administrative Regulation 5125). In IUSD, parents are provided the opportunity annually to opt out of disclosing their student's directory information on IUSD’s Enrollment Form. For more information, please access http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa for Education accounts, including current and archival files of user accounts, when there is reasonable suspicion that unacceptable use has occurred
- Supervision while using school computers – I will not use the system or any part of it without the expressed permission and supervision of a member of my school's faculty or staff.
- Language - I will use appropriate language when using email, newsgroups, chat, journals, blogs or instant messaging or any other forms of communication. I will not use profanity or any language that is offensive to anyone. I will always be mindful that I am a representative of our school.
- Network Etiquette - I will not send, or encourage others to send, discourteous or abusive email messages. I will not send messages, especially widely distributed messages, the receipt of which I have reason to believe would be unwelcome to recipients. I will use all forms of communication on the network and off the network in a manner that is not offensive to any person or group.
- Vandalism and Inappropriate Use - I will not use the system to practice vandalism. Vandalism includes any attempt to harm, alter for personal benefit, or destroy the property, including data, of any user or system on the network or the Internet. Computer equipment is for everyone’s use and must be treated with care. Printing of large pictures that use excessive amounts of ink or printing long documents off the Internet is not appropriate. Uploading or downloading very large files from the Internet is not appropriate and disrupts the use of the network by others. Network printers are not designed to print multiple copies. Any user who is identified as a security risk will be denied the use of the computer network and will be subject to other disciplinary action.
- Privacy - I will not reveal passwords, home addresses, or personal phone numbers. I will not use the system to electronically publish or distribute pictures of myself or others without appropriate permission. I will not electronically publish or distribute any materials I have created or others have created without appropriate permission.
- Trespassing - I will not attempt to access the system or any data on the system without authorization. This includes, but is not limited to, accessing the network using an account other than one’s own, including email accounts. I will not log in to a computer with anyone else’s name and password. I will not leave a computer without logging off. I will not attempt to guess someone else’s password.
- Copyright - I understand that certain materials may not be copied or reprinted without the permission of the author. I agree not to violate any copyright laws or software licensing agreements. Plagiarism is a serious offense whose specific details are outlined in the student handbook. I agree to document and properly cite all information acquired through the Internet or other information technologies.
- Email - I understand that electronic mail to or from IUSD network is not guaranteed to be private. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities. Students will in no way use email to spread rumors, gossip, or engage in any activity that is harmful to other students, faculty or persons connected to or not connected to the school. These restrictions apply to all email accounts to which I have access. In addition, I will not alter any e-mail account settings to make it look like the email was sent from someone else.
- Wireless Access - Students using the school’s wireless network on their own computers are subject to all the items in this Reasonable Use Policy. All usage of computers, whether belonging to the school or individual students, is subject to all parts of this agreement.
- Misuse - I will use the system only for appropriate purposes, including obtaining, using, processing, and distributing information for the purpose of legitimate school-related or school-approved activities. I will not misuse the system. I understand that misuse includes, but is not limited to, sending or seeking to receive messages that contain or suggest pornography, unethical or illegal solicitation, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, illegal activity, and information which could violate another person’s privacy. I will not post remarks, images, videos, audio files, or any other files that may be derogatory or offensive to any individual or organization. All the rules of conduct described in IUSD Board policies will apply.
- Problems - I will ask for help when I need assistance. I will report any problems related to the equipment or to any aspect of security on the network of which I become aware, as well as any abuses directed at me or anyone else to an appropriate faculty or staff member.
- Possible consequences for violating any portion of this agreement might include, but are not limited to the disabling of your network account, detention, Saturday school, and/or suspension.