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Gilbertsville - Mount Upton
Central School District

GMU Terms and Conditions for Use of the Internet
Internet access is available to students and teachers in the Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District. We believe the Internet offers vast, diverse and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School by facilitating resource sharing and communication.
Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government agencies and regional and state networks. In addition, the smooth operation of the network relies on the proper conduct of the users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so that users are aware of the responsibilities they are about to assume. Efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources are required. If a Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District user violates any of these provisions, his or her access privileges will be terminated and future access may be denied.

1. Acceptable Use:

The use of access privileges must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District. Use of other organizations’ networks or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal 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 of commercial activities is prohibited. Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited.

2. Privileges:

The use of Internet is a privilege, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student who receives access privileges will be part of an ongoing discussion with a Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network. The system administrator will determine what is inappropriate use and his/her decisions are final. The system administrator may cancel any access privileges at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff of Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School may request the system administrator to deny, revoke or suspend specific user access privileges.

3. Etiquette:

All users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:
◦Be polite, and do not be abusive in your messages to others.
◦Use appropriate language at all times.
◦Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers or those of other students.
◦Electronic mail (e-Mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the authorities.
◦Do not use the network in such a way that would disrupt the use of the network by other users.
◦All communications and information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.
◦Illegal activities are strictly forbidden.

4. No Liability:

Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School will not be responsible for any damages. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or users’ errors or omissions. The Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through the network.

5. Security:

Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If a call identifies a security problem on Internet, the user must notify a system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another individual’s access privileges. Attempts to log in to Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to Internet.

6. Vandalism:

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges and may lead to other administrative action, including notification of law enforcement authorities. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.

7. Agreement:

All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to all users. These terms and conditions reflect the entire agreement and supersede all prior oral or written agreements and understandings. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the United States of America.
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