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Computer and Internet Use
The use of computers by the students of Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Christian School is encouraged to promote learning through research, collaboration, and dissemination of successful educational practices, methods, and materials through the use of the computer and the Internet. Computers will be protected by filtering software which restrict access to objectionable sites on the Internet and eliminate a vast majority of potential problem situations. Students are expected to abide by all rules established for computer and Internet use. Use of computers is a privilege, not a right. Misconduct and disregard for computer and Internet use rules and guidelines can result in limitation and/or removal from the computers.
Acceptable Use Policy for Computers and the Internet
Terms and Conditions for use of Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Christian School Computers are listed below:
1. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secret. Use for commercial activities by for-profit institutions is generally not acceptable. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. Illegal activities are strictly prohibited.
2. The use of the school’s computers is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. Based on the Acceptable Use guidelines outlined in this document, the classroom teacher and school administration may deny any student the use of school computers at any time.
3. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
a. Be polite. Do not write or send abusive messages to others.
b. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
c. Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers or those of other students/teacher. Students will be identified on any Internet material by their first names only. Student photos will not be labeled with any part of their names at any time.
d. Note that electronic mail (email) is not guaranteed to be private. The teacher and school administration have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities. Any other messages that are against the Acceptable Use Policy will be dealt with at the discretion of the classroom teacher/school administration.
e. Do not use the computers or the Internet in a way that you would disrupt the use of the computers or the Internet by other users including those on the school’s chosen Internet Service Provider (ex. downloading huge files during prime time; sending mass email messages; annoying other users).
f. All communications and information accessible via the Internet should be assumed to private property.
4. Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist School will not be responsible for any damages you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your own errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist School is at your own risk. Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist School specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.
5. Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. For this policy, vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm, disrupt, or destroy data, the computers, or the network. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of viruses. Fines for vandalism will be determined according to the destruction of property.
6. No software of any kind is to be loaded on a computer’s hard drive without prior approval of the classroom teacher.
7. Should a student lose his/her computer privileges, he/she must find other sources or avenues to complete the required class work assignment(s). The loss of privileges may not be used as an excuse for not completing assigned class work.
8. Students are expected to exercise responsible behavior when on the computer or the Internet at all times.