WCPSS and Green Hope High School Computer Use Policy
The Wake County Public School System’s Student/Parent Handbook 2005-2006 details information on Student Conduct Policies, including proper computer use. Policy # 6446 [note: this is a 432 KB Adobe .pdf file] in the Handbook deals with Student Internet Access and Electronic Mail. It is important that you understand proper computer use at school, as violating proper use will carry serious consequences.
Wake County Public Schools offers Internet access and e-mail use for student use. Users of the Internet are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. Each student is automatically given access to the Internet and e-mail unless the parent or guardian completes the Parental Request to Deny Access Form. Using the Internet is a privilege, which carries along with it the responsibility of using it properly. Computers are to be used for school-related activities, e-mail access, and SPAN only. The following are specifically not permitted:
- Accessing, producing, posting, sending or displaying material that is offensive by nature. This includes obscene, discriminating, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, disrespectful, or sexually suggestive language or images, including images of exposed private body parts.
- Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
- Attempting to damage computers, computer systems, software, or networks.
- Plagiarizing or infringing copyrights of works you find on the Internet.
- Using another’s login ID or password.
- Illegal use of data in folders or work files.
- Intentionally wasting limited resources. This includes distributing mass e-mail messages, participating in chain letters, creating and participating in unauthorized newsgroups, and storing files on file servers without proper authorization.
- Using the computer network for commercial purposes.
- Using the system for political lobbying.
- Posting personal or private information about you or other people on the Internet.
- Arranging or agreeing to meet with someone you have met online.
- Attempting to gain unauthorized access to the WCPSS network.
- Posting information that could be disruptive, cause damage, or endanger students or staff.
- Posting false or defamatory information about a person or organization.
- Downloading files without prior approval from supervising staff. This includes downloading OR playing games that are not educational and/or assigned by a teacher .
- Accessing chat-rooms unless assigned by a teacher for a valid educational purpose.
- Students who engage in any of the above-listed activities will have access privileges taken away, and other disciplinary measures may also result, per Policy # 6446.2.