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Acceptable Use Policies (AUP)

Chromebook usage must adhere to acceptable use procedures outlined in the BISD
student handbook.
School computers, network and Internet services, and electronic resources are provided for educational purposes and research consistent with BISD’s educational mission, curriculum and instructional goals.
Users must comply with all Board policies, the student handbook, school rules, and expectations concerning conduct and communications when using school computers or school-issued electronic resources and devices, whether on or off school property.
Students must comply with all specific instructions from school staff.
Prohibited uses of school electronic resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Accessing or Communicating Inappropriate Materials – Users may not access, submit, post, publish, forward, download, scan or display defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing, bullying and/or illegal materials or messages.
2. Illegal Activities – Users may not use the school district’s computers, electronic devices, networks, or Internet services for any illegal activity or in violation of any Board policy/procedure or school rules. BISD and its employees and agents assume no responsibility for illegal activities of students while using school computers or school-issued electronic resources or devices.
3.Violating Copyrights or Software Licenses – Downloading, copying, duplicating and distributing software, music, sound files, movies, images or other copyrighted materials without the specific written permission of the copyright owner is prohibited, except when the use falls within the Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC) and content is cited appropriately.
4. Plagiarism – Users may not represent as their own work any materials obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, music, etc). When using other sources, credit must be given to the copyright holder.
5.Use for Non-School-Related Purposes- School district’s computers, electronic devices, networks and Internet services are provided for purposes related to educational programs, school operations, and performance of job responsibilities. Incidental personal use of school devices is permitted as long as such use:
      • does not interfere with the user’s responsibilities and performance;
      • does not interfere with system operations or other system users; and
      • does not violate this policy and the accompanying rules, or any other
        Board policy, procedure or school rules. “Incidental personal use” is defined as use by an individual for occasional personal communications.
6. Misuse of Passwords/Unauthorized Access – Users may not share passwords; use other users’ passwords; access or use other users’ accounts; or attempt to circumvent network security systems. Any activities under your username and password are your responsibility.
7. Malicious Use/Vandalism – Users may not engage in any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school district’s computers, electronic devices, network and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities and creating/uploading of computer viruses.
8. Avoiding School Filters – Users may not attempt to or use any software, utilities or other means to access Internet sites or content blocked by the school filters.
9. Unauthorized Access to Blogs/Social Networking Sites, Etc. – Users may not access blogs, social networking sites, etc. prohibited by building administration or the BISD Technology Department. Teachers and students using authorized social networking sites for educational projects or activities shall follow the age requirements and legal requirements that govern the use of social networking sites in addition to the guidelines established in this policy.
10. Wasting System Resources - Users shall not use the network in such a way that would waste system resources or disrupt the use of the network by others. This includes but is not limited to excessive printing, file storage, online games, and video/audio streaming not directly related to educational projects, as determined by the supervising instructor or building administrator.
11. Unauthorized Equipment - Users may not attach unauthorized equipment, including personal laptops, tablets, and handheld devices, to the district network without permission from the BISD Technology Department.
12. All information services and features contained on District or Network resources are intended for the private use of its registered users and any use of these resources for commercial-for-profit or other unauthorized purposes (i.e. advertisements, political lobbying), in any form, is expressly forbidden.
13. Compensation for Losses, Costs and/or Damages -Users may be responsible for compensating the school district for any losses, costs or damages incurred for violations of Board policies/procedures and school rules, including the cost of investigating such violations. The school district assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or costs incurred by users while using school district computers, devices, or the school network.