STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Elgin Local School District is now offering Internet access for student
use. This document contains the Acceptable Use Policy for your use of the
Elgin Local School Wide Area Network.
A. EDUCATION PURPOSE
1. The Elgin Local School Wide Area Network has been established for a
limited educational purpose. The term “educational purpose” includes
classroom activities, career development and other limited high-quality
2. The Elgin Local School Wide Area Network has not been established as a
public access service or a forum. Elgin Local School has the right to place
reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the system.
You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in the Elgin District
disciplinary code and the law in you use of the Elgin Local School Wide Area
3. You may not use the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network for commercial
purposes. This means you may not offer, provide or purchase products or
services through the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network.
4. You may not use the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network for political
lobbying. But you may use the system to communicate with elected
representatives and to express your opinion on political issues.
B. STUDENT INTERNET ACCESS
1. All students will have access to Internet World Wide Web information
resources through their classroom, library or school computer lab.
2. Students may have e-mail access only under their teacher’s direct
supervision (See addendum page 40 of this policy for clarification.)
The following uses of the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network are considered
1. Personal Safety
a. You will not post personal contact information about yourself or
other people. Personal contact information includes your address, telephone,
school address, work address, etc.
b. You will not agree to meet with someone you have met online without
your parent’s approval. Your parent should accompany you to this meeting.
c. You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employee
any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
2. Illegal Activities
a. You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Elgin Local
School Wide Area Network or to any other computer system through the Elgin
Local School Wide Area Network or go beyond your authorized access. This
includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access
another person’s files. These actions are illegal, even if only for the
purposes of “browsing”.
b. You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the
computer system or destroy data by spreading computer
viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
c. You will not use the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network to engage in
any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of
alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety any
3. System Security
a. You are responsible for your individual account and should take all
reasonable precautions for being able to use your account. Under no
conditions should you provide your password to another person.
b. You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if
you have identified a possible security problem. Do not go looking for
security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain
c. You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following
the District virus protection procedures if you download software.
4. Inappropriate Language
a. Restrictions against Inappropriate Language apply to public messages,
private messages and material posted on Web pages.
b. You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory,
threatening or disrespectful language.
c. You will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of
d. You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or
e. You will not harass another person. Harassment
is persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.
If you are told by a person to stop sending them messages, you must stop.
f. You will not knowingly or recklessly post false defamatory information
about a person or organization.
5. Respect for Privacy
a. You will not report a message that was sent to privately without the
permission of the person who sent you the message unless it falls under the
unacceptable use provisions.
b. You will not post private information about another
6. Respecting Resource Limits
a. You will use the system only for educational and career development
activities and other limited, high- quality activities. There is no limit on
use for education and career development activities.
b. You will not download large files unless absolutely
necessary and with teacher approval.
c. You will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming”. Spamming is
sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.
d. You will subscribe only to discussion group mail list that are
relevant to your education or career development.
7. Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
a. You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet.
Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as
if they were yours.
b. You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright
infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is
protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies
appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements.
If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request
permission from the copyright owner.
Copyright law can be very confusing. If you have questions ask a teacher.
8. Inappropriate Access to Material
a. You will not use the Elgin School Wide Area Network to access material
that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that
advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate
literature). A special exception may be made for hate literature if the
purpose of your access is to conduct research and both your teacher and parent
b. If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should
immediately tell your teacher or another District employee. This will
protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this Policy.
c. Your parents should instruct you if there is additional material that
they think would be inappropriate for you to access. The district fully
expects that you will follow your parent’s instructions in this matter.
Below is a list of inappropriate Internet uses but it is not limited to the
ones listed below:
cheating seduction intellectual
commercial fraud fraudulent misrepresentation
computer fraud plagiarism property theft
computer vandalism gambling sedition/treason
computer viruses harassment pornography
copyright violations how to make and use weapons
sexually explicit materials stolen passwords
credit card fraud software piracy
D. YOUR RIGHTS
1. Free Speech
Your right to free speech, as set forth in the Elgin District
disciplinary code, applies also to your communication on the
Internet. The Elgin Local School Wide Area Network is considered a limited
forum, similar to the school newspaper and therefore the District may
restrict your speech on the basis of a disagreement with the opinions you are
2. Search and Seizure
a. You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your
personal files on the District system. The situation is similar to the rights
you have in the privacy of your locker.
b. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the Elgin Local School Wide Area
Network may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy, the Elgin
District disciplinary code or the law.
c. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable
suspicion that you have violated this policy the Elgin District disciplinary
code or the law. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the
3. Due Process
a. The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal
officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted
through the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network.
b. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this Policy or
Elgin District disciplinary code in your use of the Elgin Local School Wide
Area Network, you will be provided with a notice of the suspected violation
and an opportunity to present an explanation before an administrator.
c. If the violation also involves a violation of other provisions of the
Elgin District disciplinary code, it will be handled in a manner described in
the Elgin District disciplinary code. Additional restrictions may be placed
on your use of your Internet account.
E. Limitation of Liability
The District makes no guarantee that the functions or the services
provided by or through the District system will be error-free or with out
defect. The District will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer,
including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The
District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the nformation
obtained through or stored on the system. The District will not be
responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of
F. Personal Responsibility
When using the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network, you are responsible for
your own actions. Whenever you do something on a network you leave little
“electronic footprints” so the odds of getting caught are really about the
same as they are in the real world.
FOR CLARIFICATION or QUESTIONS ON THE STUDENT ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, PLEASE
SEE BOARD ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY.
Addendum to Student Acceptable Use Policy:
(Adopted April 23, 2001)
Addendum to B2 page 35 of the Student Acceptable Use Policy.
Students are not permitted to use, access and/or obtain email accounts
through the Elgin Local School Wide Area Network unless through a classroom
account as stated in the Acceptable Use Board Policy D3 on page 3.