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Computer Network & Internet Policy

Computer Network & Internet Use Policy

The computer network and Internet services at the MathScience Innovation Center are designed to enhance student learning by supporting instructional activities within the Center and by providing students with access to the resources available in the global electronic community during this session. Through our Internet connection,students can communicate with scientists, mathematicians, political leaders, and other students around the world. They can use the World Wide Web to search libraries for information on resource topics, download data to use in their research, and utilize computational resources located at universities around the world. Because of its enormous size, the educational potential of the Internet is boundless. However, with such great potential for education also comes some potential for abuse.

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. However, on a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover pornographic and/or other controversial materials. The MathScience Innovation Center firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction available on the Internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure materials that are not consistent with the educational goals of the MathScience Innovation Center. Therefore, it is the purpose of this policy to ensure that parents are fully informed and that students and staff use the MathScience Innovation Center Internet services in an appropriate manner.

The MathScience Innovation Center considers any violation of the acceptable use policy a serious offense and reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on computer systems allegedly related to unacceptable use. The use of our network and telecommunications services is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action by the Center and/or the cancellation of those privileges. Example of unacceptable use of network and telecommunications services include but are not limited to the:

• use for any purposes, which violate local, state, federal, or international laws.
• interference or disruption of network users, services, or equipment.
• use of another person’s account.
• sharing of your user ID with any other person. You are solely responsible for any action which occur, in relation to
your ID number.
• use of the network to send a message under another persons identity or login
• dissemination of personal addresses or phone numbers of other students or colleagues.
• use of impolite, malicious, threatening, inflammatory, sexist, racist, or obscene language in public or private
• use of computer programs to decode passwords or access control information
• unauthorized entry into our computational, information or communications services, devices, or resources
• attempt to change, harm, or destroy data of other users (includes the use of computer virus.)
• use for commercial purposes
• use for political lobbying
• use for sending or receiving pornographic material
• falsification of one’s identity to others
• creation, transmittal, or use of illegal copies of copyrighted software
• waste of computing resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop,
• by sending chain letters or junk mail, or by printing excessive amounts of paper.

The most important prerequisite for a student or educator to receive an account to use the Center’s Internet services is that he or she takes full responsibility of his or her own actions. The MathScience InnovationCenter will not be liable for the actions of anyone using the network and telecommunications services. All users shall assume full liability, legal, financial, or otherwise, for their actions. The signatures turned in on the Student Permission Form or the completed website user profile acknowledgements are legally binding and indicates that the parties who signed have read the terms and conditions stated in this policy carefully and understand their significance.

Aaron Moody

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