Cut Bank School District
Acceptable Use Policy
Use of Electronic Networks
All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the
District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating
resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These procedures do not
attempt to state all required or proscribed behaviors by users. However,
some specific examples are provided. The
failure of any user to follow the procedures will result in the loss of
privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
– Access to the District’s electronic networks must be: (a) for the
purpose of education or research and consistent with the educational
objectives of the District; or (b) for legitimate business use.
the use of the District’s electronic networks is a privilege, not a
right, and inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those
privileges. The system administrator (and/or building principal) will
make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these
procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time. His or
her decision is final.
– The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities
involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are:
network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or
other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any
federal or state law.
downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or de-virused.
copyrighted material for other than personal use
network for private financial or commercial gain
resources, such as file space.
gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities
dissemination, and use of information of a personal nature about anyone
user’s account or password
authored or created by another, without his/her consent
network for commercial or private advertising
submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory,
inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening,
racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material.
network while access privileges are suspended or revoked
Etiquette – The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted
rules of network etiquette. They include, but are not limited to, the
Be polite. Do
not become abusive in messages to others.
language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate
Do not reveal
personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers of
students or colleagues.
electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system
have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal
activities may be reported to authorities.
Do not use the
network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.
communications and information accessible via the network to be private
– The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or
implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be
responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data
resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service
interruptions caused by its negligence or the user’s errors or
omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the
user’s own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility
for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its
The user agrees to indemnify the District for any losses, costs, or
damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District,
relating to or arising out of any violation of these procedures.
Network security is a high priority. If the user can identify a security
problem on the Internet, the user must notify the system the system
administrator or building principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to
the users. Keep your
account and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s
account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log
on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation
of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied
access to the network.
Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges, and other
disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to
harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other
network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation
of computer viruses.
Charges – The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized
charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges,
per-minute surcharges, and/or equipment or line costs.
Publishing Rules – Copyright law and the District policy prohibit the
republishing of text or graphics found on the Web or on District
Websites or file servers, without explicit written permission.
re-publication (on a Website or file server) of a graphic or text file
that was produced externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of
the page crediting the original producer and noting how and when
permission was granted. If possible, the notice should also include the
Web address of the original source.
staff engaged in producing Web pages must provide library media
specialists with e-mail or had copy permissions before the Web pages are
published. Printed evidence of the status of “public domain”
documents must be provided.
The absence of a
copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the
materials. Only the copyright owner may provide the permission. The
manager of the Website displaying the material may not be considered a
source of permission.
use” rules governing student reports in classrooms are less stringent
and permit limited use of graphics and text.
work may only be published if there is written permission from both the
parent/guardian and the student.
electronic mail system, and its constituent software, hardware, and data
files, are owned and controlled by the District. The District provides
e-mail to aid students and staff members in fulfilling their duties and
responsibilities and as an education tool.
reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on
its system without prior notice or permission from the account’s user.
Unauthorized access by any student or staff member to an electronic mail
account is strictly prohibited.
should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail
message as would be put into a written memorandum or document. Nothing
should be transmitted in an e-mail message that would be inappropriate
in a letter or memorandum.
messages transmitted via the District’s Internet gateway carry with
them an identification of the user’s Internet “domain.” This
domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as
being with the District. Great care should be taken, therefore, in the
composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the
name and reputation of this District. Users will be held personally
responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages
transmitted to external recipients.
received from an unknown sender via the Internet should either be
immediately deleted or forwarded to the system administrator.
Downloading any file attached to any Internet-based message is
prohibited, unless the use is certain that the message’s authenticity
and the nature of the file transmitted.
Use of the
District’s electronic mail system constitutes consent to these
Children’s Internet Protection Act, P.L. 106-554
20 U.S.C. Ş 6801, et seq.
47 U.S.C. Ş 254
(h) and (l)