Acceptable Use Policy

Policy 2460: Acceptable Use

§126-41-3. Use.

3.1. Acceptable Use.

3.1.1.The purpose of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNet), which was the original Internet backbone network, was 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. Access to the Internet for West Virginia schools is provided in the spirit of that original intent for academic achievement. The use of the Internet must be in support of education and consistent with the educational objectives of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE). Use of other networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Users must also be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing (WVNET) specifically the: "WVNET Security Policy and Procedure."

3.1.2. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S.or state law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening, abusive, or obscene material, or material protected by trade secrets. Use for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.Illegal activities and privacy and safety violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) are strictly prohibited.

Policy 2460: Privileges

3.2. Privileges.

3.2.1.The use of the Internet as part of an educational program is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate or unauthorized use or safety violations could result in revocation or suspension of that privilege.Each student who will access the Internet will be provided acceptable use training and shall have an acceptable use form, signed by a parent or legal guardian, on file. No temporary accounts will be issued, nor will a student use an Internet account not specifically created for him or her. Based upon the acceptable use and safety guidelines outlined in this document, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the WVNET system administrators will determine what is appropriate use, and their decision is final. Also, the system administrator and/or local teachers may deny user access at any time. Additionally, the State of West Virginia may pursue legal action to recover damages as a result of inappropriate use or safety violations of the network.

3.2.2 The WVDE's administrative information systems (WVEIS) are to be used exclusively for the business of the organization. All information system messages are records of the WVDE. The WVDE reserves the right to access and disclose all messages sent over its information systems for any purposes. For reasons of privacy, employees may not attempt to gain access to another employee's personal file of messages in the WVDE's information systems. However, the WVDE reserves the right to enter an employee's information system files whenever there is a business need to do so.

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