Educational Computer Use and Internet Privileges
The Marin County Office of Education and the Tamalpais Union High
School District provide educational computer accounts, allowing access
to the Internet. Internet access is coordinated through a complex
association of government agencies and regional and state networks.
The smooth operation of the network depends upon the proper conduct of
the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines
are provided here so that you are aware of your responsibilities.
In general, the smooth operation of the network requires efficient,
ethical, and legal use of network resources. If a user violates
any of the following terms and conditions, school computer use and
Internet privileges will be revoked and future access may be denied.
The signatures at the end of this document are legally binding and
indicate that the parties who signed have read the terms and conditions
carefully and understand their significance. The Tamalpais Union High
School District computer use is governed by policies and administrative
regulations established by the Board of Trustees (BP/AR 6163.4-Use of
Technology, BP/AR 6162.6-Use of Copyrighted Materials).
Terms and Conditions
(for Educational Computer Use and Internet Privileges)
- Acceptable Use - The use of your school computers must be
in support of education and research consistent with the
educational objectives of your district. Use of another
organization's network or computing resources must comply
with the rules appropriate for that network.
- Unacceptable Use - Transmission of material in violation of any US
or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not
limited to, copyrighted material, illegal, threatening, harassing,
violent or obscene material, and matter protected by trade secret.
Altering or removing computer files not belonging to the user,
installing unlicensed software, creating links to inappropriate
materials, disconnecting equipment, and vandalism of any kind are
also prohibited. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable.
Use for product advertisement or political lobbying is also
prohibited. Any transmission or reception of pornographic material
is expressly prohibited and will result in the cancellation of your
- Privileges and Consequences - The use of school computers and the
use of the Internet are privileges, and unacceptable use will result
in the cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator may
revoke privileges at any time as required. The administration,
faculty, and staff of any district school may request that the system
administrator deny, revoke, or suspend specific user privileges and
that appropriate school disciplinary action be taken. Depending on
the severity of the violation (to be determined by the system
administrator and/or administration), computer privileges may be
revoked for an extended period of time. A student who has his/her
computer privileges revoked is not allowed to use any computer
at her/his school site.
- Indemnification - The Marin County Office of Education and the
Tamalpais Union High School District make no guarantees of any
kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service they are
providing. The Marin County Office of Education and the Tamalpais
Union High School District will not be responsible for any damages
you suffer. This includes loss of data resulting from faulty
software or equipment, delays, nondeliveries, misdeliveries, or
service interruptions caused by their negligence or your errors or
omissions. Use of any information obtained via the school
computers and/or the Internet is at your own risk.
- Computer Use Rules
a) Food and drink are not allowed in any computer area.
b) Outside software is not permitted in any computer area; no
software is to be downloaded, stored, or installed on any
computer or in any computer account.
c) Pirated software (warez) and MP3s are not to be downloaded
or stored on any computer or in any user's account.
d) Modification or removal of computer files that are not your
own is not allowed.
e) All copyright laws are to be observed. Copyrighted material
is not to be placed in the system without the author's
permission (BP/AR 6162.6-Use of Copyrighted Materials).
f) You are not to move or disconnect any computer or peripheral
device or piece/part of any equipment. Contact a supervisor
or teacher concerning problems with any of the equipment.
g) Appropriate behavior and common courtesy are expected at all
h) You should not send anything to a printer unless you
absolutely need a hard copy of the information; do not print
Web sites without knowing exactly how many pages will be
printed; do not print multiple copies of any document without
i) Do not read other users' electronic mail or files, nor attempt
to delete, copy, modify, or forge others' files or e-mail.
j) Do not interfere with others' ability to send or receive e-mail.
k) Do not disseminate personal identification information about
yourself or others, including personal address, social security
number, and phone number.
l) Do not use the network in such a way that you would disrupt the
use of the network by other users.
m) Do not use the system to encourage the use of drugs, alcohol,
tobacco, or any illegal/inappropriate activities.
- Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority,
especially when the system involves many users. If you can identify
a security problem on the network, notify your teacher, the system
administrator, or the principal. You are not permitted to use another
individual's account, and you should never allow anyone else to access
your account. If, at any time, you feel that your password may have
been compromised, see the system administrator immediately to have your
password changed. You are responsible for all activity that occurs with
your account. Attempts to login to the network as a system administrator
or gain unauthorized access will result in the cancellation of your
- Vandalism - Vandalism will result in the cancellation of your computer
privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to alter,
harm, or destroy data of another user, computers, accessories, the
Internet, or any of the above listed agencies or other networks that
are connected to the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to,
the uploading, downloading, or creation of computer viruses.
- Restitution & Consequences of Contract Violation - Students
may be suspended or subject to other disciplinary actions for
violation of this contract as provided in the current school
Student/Parent Handbook under the provisions of Education Code
48900(k): disruption of school activities and willful defiance
of the valid authority of the school. According to Board Policy
5131.5, students will be required to provide restitution for
damages to school equipment while the student is logged into any
computer. In the case of no physical damage, but the requirement
of staff or student aide time to reconfigure a system, students
will be charged at the rate of $50/hour for a minimum of one hour.
- Duration of Agreement - The duration of this agreement
begins upon signing and ends when the student leaves the Tamalpais
Union High School District. This agreement is binding in all
district schools and will be included with all paperwork forwarded
should a student change schools within the district.