Computer Policy

Section 1:  Computer Lab Code of Ethics

  1. Using, deleting, examining, copying, or modifying files or data on disks belonging to other users without their consent is prohibited.
  2. Unauthorized, deliberate action which damages or disrupts a computing system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction is prohibited.  Deliberate crashing the system is expressly forbidden.
  3. Using software designed to destroy data, provide unauthorized access to computer systems, and crack passwords is prohibited.
  4. Loading software on any computer without authorization of computer personnel is forbidden.  This includes commercial, shareware, and freeware.
  5. Making illegal copies of licenses or copyrighted software is prohibited.
  6. Use of school computers for non-educational or non-school related activities is prohibited unless authorized by computer personnel.

Section 2:  Internet Code of Ethics

Access to the Internet is provided to students for educational research and electronic communications for educational purposes only.  Therefore:

  1. Use of the Internet without the knowledge and permission of a teacher or other authorized personnel is prohibited.
  2. Use of the Internet without a clearly defined educational objective, understood by both student and teacher, is not allowed.  Therefore, network and online games and engaging in personal online discussions or chats are prohibited.
  3. Use of the Internet to view, copy, save or distribute unauthorized text files, graphics files, sound files or video files is forbidden.
  4. Internet activities that use excessive network resources in ways that prevent others from accessing the network are not allowed.
  5. Web page publishing of any material with abusive, harassing, threatening, or objectionable language is forbidden.
  6. Use of the Internet for any non-educational or non-school related purpose is prohibited unless authorized by computer personnel.

Section 3:  Electronic Mail Code of Ethics:

The electronic mail system is to be used for school-related business.  Whenever you send electronic mail, your assigned user name is included in the mail message.  You are responsible for all electronic mail originating from your user name. Therefore:

  1. Sending electronic mail messages using an unauthorized user name is prohibited.  Any unauthorized attempt to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other users is prohibited.
  2. Attempts at sending harassing, obscene and/or other threatening electronic mail to another user are prohibited.  This includes the use of insulting, sexist, racist, obscene, or suggestive electronic mail.
  3. The use of abusive or otherwise objectionable language in either public or private messages is prohibited.
  4. Attempts at sending unsolicited junk mail, “for-profit” messages, or chain letters are prohibited.
  5. Use of email for non-educational or non-school related purposes is prohibited unless authorized by computer personnel.

Section 4:  Network Security Code of Ethics:

As a user of a network, you may be allowed to access other networks (and/or the computer systems attached to those networks).  Therefore:

  1. The use of systems and/or networks in attempts to gain unauthorized access to remote systems is prohibited.
  2. The interception, copying, distributing, decryption or use of the login names and/or passwords of others is prohibited.
  3. Intentional attempts to “crash” network systems or programs are prohibited.
  4. Any attempt to secure a higher level of privilege on Network systems is prohibited.

The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, which may temporarily be revoked at any time for abusive conduct.  In some instances, this may result in removal from class and a limitation on future course considers.