Internet Acceptable Use
Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP)
Revised as of July 1, 2012
“The Department’s Internet Systems” means Department-provided devices, Internet connections (including wireless connections) provided by the Department, Department-provided e-mail accounts, intranet and any remote connection to Department systems. A user is deemed to access and use the Department’s Internet Systems through any electronic activity conducted on the Department’s Internet Systems using any device (whether or not such device is a Department-provided device) regardless of the user’s physical location.
Principles of Acceptable and Safe Internet Use
Monitoring and Privacy
Prohibited Uses of the Department’s Internet Systems
- Using, posting or distributing profane, lewd, vulgar, threatening, or abusive language in e-mail messages, material posted on Department web pages, or professional social media sites;
- Accessing, using, posting, or distributing information or materials that are pornographic or otherwise obscene, advocate illegal or dangerous acts, or advocate violence or discrimination. If users inadvertently access such information, they should immediately disclose the inadvertent access in a manner specified by their school or central division office;
- Accessing, posting or distributing harassing, discriminatory, inflammatory, or hateful material, or making damaging or false statements about others;
- Sending, posting, or otherwise distributing chain letters or engaging in spamming;
- Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the Department’s Internet System in any way, including spreading computer viruses, vandalizing data, software or equipment, damaging or disabling others’ electronic property, or engaging in conduct that could interfere or cause a danger of disruption to the Department’s educational or business environment;
- Using the Department’s Internet System in a manner that interferes with the education of the user or others or the job duties of the user or others;
- Downloading, posting, reproducing or distributing music, photographs, video or other works in violation of applicable copyright laws. Any music, photographs and/or video should only be downloaded for Department, and not personal purposes. If a work specifies how that work may be used, the user should follow the expressed requirements. If users are unsure whether or not they can use a work, they should request permission from the copyright or trademark owner; or
- Engaging in plagiarism. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were original to the user.
- Malicious tampering, phishing or hacking activities;
- Intentionally seeking information about passwords belonging to other users;
- Disclosing a user’s password to the Department’s Internet Systems to other individuals. However, students may share their Department password with their parents.
- Modifying passwords belonging to other users;
- Attempting to log in through another person's account;
- Attempting to gain access to material that is blocked or filtered by the Department;
- Accessing, copying, or modifying another user’s files without authorization;
- Disguising a user’s identity;
- Using the password or identifier of an account that does not belong to the user; or
- Engaging in uses that jeopardize access into others’ accounts or other computer networks.
- Using the Department’s Internet Systems for personal financial gain;
- Conducting for-profit business activities, personal advertising, or other non-Department business communications;
- Engaging in fundraising (except as set forth in the Chancellor’s Regulation A-610); or
- Using the Department’s Internet Systems on behalf of any elected official, candidate, candidates, slate of candidates or a political organization or committee.
Protection of Personally Identifiable & Confidential Information
Student Internet Safety
- The Department will provide curriculum about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.
- The Department will work to protect the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
- As appropriate, the Department will provide students, staff and parents with guidelines and instructions for student safety while using the Internet.
- Students must not reveal personal information about themselves or other persons on social networking sites, in chat rooms, in emails or other direct electronic communications, or any other forum over the Internet. For example, students must not reveal their home address, or telephone or cell phone number. Students must not display photographs of themselves, or the images of others.
- Students should not meet in person anyone they have met only on the Internet.
Students must promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message or other activity they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Students should not allow Department computers to save their passwords.
- Teachers should educate students about appropriate and safe online behavior, including interacting with individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response. Teachers should refer to the Department’s Citizenship in the Digital Age guide, and other free educational Internet safety resources available on the Internet.
- Social Media
- “Social media” means any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs, Internet websites, internet forums, and wikis. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Flickr.
- Schools use a variety of online web-based interactive communication technologies to enhance students’ education and learning. Social media sites must be used only for educational and school related purposes, in connection with lessons and assignments and to facilitate communication with teachers and other students.
- The Department limits access to these sites to individuals within the Department and Department school officials. If access to a social media site will extend beyond individuals within the Department or Department school officials, then parent consent is required.
- Teachers must refer to the Department’s Social Media Guidelines, which are incorporated into this policy, if Internet activities will involve social media.
- Although students generally will be supervised when using the Department’s Internet System on school property, it is not practicable for the Department to monitor and enforce a wide range of social values in student use of the Internet. Parents are primarily responsible for transmitting their particular set of family values to their children, and discussing with their children what material is and is not acceptable for their children to access through the Department’s Internet Systems.
- Parents are exclusively responsible for monitoring their children's use of the Internet when the Department’s Internet Systems are accessed from home or a non-school location. The Department may or may not employ its filtering systems to screen home access to the Department’s Internet Systems. Parents should inquire with the school or Department.
Violations of this Policy
Limitation of Liability
Copies of this Policy and Inquiries
Inquiries pertaining to this regulation should be addressed to:
Office of Communications & Media Relations
52 Chambers Street, Room 314
New York, NY 10007