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Computer Use and File Sharing

COMPUTER NETWORKING PROCEDURES
The network is provided for adults and students to conduct research. Network managers may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure that staff members are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will be private. Students must sign a Carthage R-9 Computer Network Usage Agreement to be eligible to sign-on to district computers or access the wireless connection. The user is subject to all school policies and the consequences of the state and federal laws.
Disciplinary penalties may be assessed to students who violate this policy and access may be revoked.
Access to the internet, e-mail, and the existing Carthage R-9 Computer Network is an unparalleled opportunity to interact with the world at large. The opportunity brings with it a number of responsibilities. The district uses Astaro to provide filtering at each level. Furthermore, because the Carthage R-9 School District receives its Internet services through the Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet), all users of the District’s network are required to comply with all conditions and requirements as set forth in MOREnet’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and as they may be amended from time to time. Please read the following carefully:

GENERAL COMPUTING POLICY
Once users sign the a Carthage R-9 Computer Network Usage Agreement they will receive a user ID to access the network and computer systems on that network, they are solely responsible for all actions taken while using that user ID. Therefore: Sharing your user ID with any other person is prohibited. In the event that you do share your user ID with another person, you will be solely responsible for the actions of that other person. Deletion, examination, copying, or modification (changing) of files/or data belonging to other users without their prior consent is prohibited. Use of the facilities (computers) and/or services for commercial (business) purposes is prohibited. Any unauthorized or deliberate action that damages or disrupts a computing system, alters its normal performance, or causes it to malfunction is a violation regardless of system location or time duration. Carthage R-9 reserves the right to any material stored in files on the network and will edit or remove any materials that the staff believes may be objectionable. This includes files or messages that are profane, obscene, or that use language that offends or tends to degrade others. Users of the Network will not purposely obtain, create, view, download or otherwise gain access to objectionable materials Students are prohibited from downloading program files without permission. Saving images, music and sound files is allowed only for class assignments and the files must be deleted upon completion of the assignment. Web Pages created on other servers that contain objectionable materials will be blocked on all school Internet. Student web pages created outside of school and posted on web sites not belonging to the school are not the responsibility of the district.

SECTION 2: ELECTRONIC MAIL POLICY
Students are provided with a web based email that is hosted by the school district called Tiger Mail. This email is available from the internet which means they can use this email from home or anywhere with an internet connection. This email is available for grade 3-4 upon the request of the teacher. This email belongs to the school and is subject to all school rules and disciplinary actions. This email is NOT private and may be viewed by an administrator at any time. Forgery or attempted forgery of electronic mail messages is prohibited and subject to penalty under the law. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. However, an attempt to read, delete, copy, or modify the electronic mail of other users is prohibited. Personal addresses, credit card numbers, or phone numbers should not be revealed on the Internet or e-mail. Attempts at sending harassing, obscene and/or other threatening e-mail to another user is prohibited and will result in a loss of privileges. Attempts at sending unsolicited junk mail, “for profit” messages, or chain letters is prohibited. Students are prohibited from subscribing to list serves because of the limitations of storage on the file server. Sending e-mail to any group of users within the school system is by permission of the building level administrator only.

SECTION 3: NETWORK POLICY
As a user of the network, you may be allowed to access other networks (and/or the computer systems attached to those networks). Therefore: Use of systems and/or the network in attempts to gain unauthorized access to remote systems is prohibited. The copying of copyrighted materials, such as third-party software, without the express written permission of the owner of the proper license is prohibited. Intentional attempts to “crash” network systems or programs are punishable disciplinary offenses. Any attempts to secure a higher level of privilege or to bypass restrictions in place on the network systems are punishable disciplinary offenses. The willful introduction of computer “viruses” or other disruptive/destructive programs into the organization networks or into external networks is prohibited. Deleting, copying or modifying files located on the network outside your directory or on the hard drives of individual computers is prohibited. Installation of programs without permission of a technology staff member is prohibited.