General User Policy

Policy IJNDB Acceptable Use for Network, Internet and E-Mail Services


Issued 4/06


Purpose: To establish the board's vision and the basic structure for the acceptable use for network, Internet and e-mail services.


Technology is a vital part of education and the curriculum of the district. In an effort to promote learning and expand educational resources for students, the district has made arrangements to provide network, Internet, and e-mail access to students and staff. The district's goal in providing these services is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, communication and innovation.


Access to the network, Internet and e-mail services is a privilege, not a right. With this privilege, there also is a responsibility to use these technologies solely for educational purposes and not to access inappropriate materials. To that end, the district administration is directed to develop appropriate guidelines governing the use of district computers to access these technologies. The district administration is also directed to implement such technology protection measures and safety rules as may be required by the conditions of eligibility for any federal or state technology funding assistance program.


As part of the implementation of the administration's guidelines, students and staff must be instructed on the appropriate use of the network, Internet and e-mail services. Students also must sign a form acknowledging that they have read and understand the acceptable use for network, Internet and e-mail services policy and administrative rule, that they will comply with the policy and administrative rule and that they understand the consequences of violating the policy or administrative rule. District staff must sign a similar acknowledgement form before they will be allowed to access the network, Internet and e-mail services. Inappropriate use by any person will not be tolerated.


Adopted 11/19/98; Revised 4/27/06


Legal references:


Federal law:


47 USC Section 254(h) - Children’s Internet Protection Act.


The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, Section 512 - Limitations on liability relating to material online.


S.C. Code of Laws, 1976, as amended:

Section 10-1-205 - Computers in public libraries; regulation of Internet access.


Section 16-3-850 - Encountering child pornography while processing film or working on a computer.

Section 16-15-305 - Disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity unlawful; definitions; penalties; obscene material designated contraband.