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Appendix I: Appropriate Use Policy

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DIRECTIONS: Copy the following for use in applying for an account for your school community.

(Edit the areas marked Name Name High School(NNHS) to reflect the name of your own school.
Change each of the (NNHS) to reflect your school.)


Be sure that everybody who signs the contract, has read the application and understands the terms.

Send a copy of both signed forms to:

(Your Technology Coordinator)

The user account will be assigned after the application forms are received.




Please read the following carefully before signing this document.
This is a legally binding document.

Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the (Your School District). The access is being offered as part of acollaborative research project involving Name Name High School (NNHS), and the U.S. Department of Education. We are very pleased to bring this access to (Your) County and believe the Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the (Your) County Schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.

The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers. Students and teachers have access to:

  1. electronic mail communication with people all over the world; 
  2. information and news from NASA as well as the opportunity to correspond with the scientists at NASA and other research institutions; 
  3. public domain and shareware of all types; 
  4. discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics; 
  5. access to many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress, CARL and ERIC.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. (NNHS), has taken available precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. ((NNHS), firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of this Project. Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies, and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that you are aware of the responsibilities you are about to aquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If a (NNHS) user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.

Internet - Terms and Conditions

1) Acceptable Use - The purpose of NSFNET, which is the backbone network to the Internet, is to support research and education in and among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Your County School District. Use of other organization's network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This inculudes, but is not limited to:

  1. copyrighted material 
  2. threatening or obscene material 
  3. material protected by trade secret.
Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

2) Privileges - The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. (Each student who receives an account will be part of a discussion with a (NNHS) faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network.) The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system administrators may close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff of (NNHS) may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

3) Netiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Be polite. 
  • Do not get abusive in your messages to others. 
  • Use appropriate language. 
  • Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. 
  • Illegal activities are strictly forbidden. 
  • Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues. 
  • Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the use of the network by other users. 
  • All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.
Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private.

People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

4) (NNHS), makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. (NNHS), will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This include loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by it's own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via (NNHS), is at your own risk and is not responsibile for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

5) Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a security problem on Internet, you must notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual's account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to login to Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

6) Vandalism - Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that are connected to the NSFNET Internet backbone. This includes, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

7) Updating Your User Information - Internet may occasionally require new registration and account information from you to continue the service. You must notify Internet of any changes in your account information (address, etc). Currently, there are no user fees for this service.

8) Exception of Terms and Condition - All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to the (Your) County School District, in addition to NSFNET. These terms and conditions reflect the entire agreement of the parties and supersedes all prior oral or written agreements and understandings of the parties. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of (Your State), and the United States of America.

I understand and will abide by the above Terms and Conditions for Internet.

I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken and/or appropriate legal action.

User Signature:_____________________________ Date: ___/ ___/ ___

PARENT OR GUARDIAN (If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must also read and sign this agreement.)

As the parent or guardian of this student I have read the Terms and Conditions for Internet access. I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes and (NNHS) has taken available precautions to eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is impossible for (NNHS) to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold them responsible for materials acquired on the network. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child's use is not in a school setting.

I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Parent or Guardian (pleas e print): _______________________________

Signature: _________________________________ Date: ___/ ___/ ___

SPONSORING TEACHER (Must be signed if the applicant is a student).

I have read the Terms and Conditions and agree to promote this agreement with the student. Because the student may use the network for individual work or in the context of another class, I cannot be held responsible for the student use of the network. As the sponsoring teacher I do agree to instruct the student on acceptable use of the network and proper network etiquette.

Teacher's Name (please print): __________________________________

Teacher's Signature: _________________________ Date: ___/ ___/ ___


User's Full Name (please print): _________________________________

Home Address: ____________________________________________________

Home Phone: ____________________ Work Phone: _________________

I am a.....

____ (NNHS) student and will graduate in _______.

____ (NNHS) teacher, teaching ______________in grade______.

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