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Example 4 - Exemplary School District 

Exemplary School District Internet Use Agreement 
 Please read this document carefully before signing
Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the Exemplary School District. We are very pleased to bring this access to Exemplary SD and 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 schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. 
The Internet is an electronic highway connecting thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual subscribers.Students and teachers have access to: 
  • electronic mail communication with people all over the world. 
  • information and news from NASA as well as the opportunity to correspond with the scientists at NASA and other research institutions.
  • public domain software and shareware of all types. 
  • discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to the environment to music to politics 
  • access to many University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress and ERIC. 
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. Exemplary School District has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We (Exemplary School District) firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of the District. 
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 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 the responsibilities you are about to acquire. In general this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If an Exemplary SD user violates any of these provisions, his or her account will be terminated and future access could possibly be denied. The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are) legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have) read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance. 
Internet - Terms and Conditions 
1)  Acceptable Use - The purpose of NSFNET, which is the backbone 
network to the Internet, is to support research and education in and 
among academic institutions in the U.S. by providing access to unique 
resources and the opportunity for collaborative work. The use of your 
account must be in support of education and research and consistent 
with the educational objectives of the Exemplary School District. Use 
of other organization's network or computing resources must comply 
with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any 
material  in violation of any US 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 for 
commercial activities is generally not acceptable. Use for product 
advertisement or political lobbying is also prohibited. 

2)  Privileges - The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and 
inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. 
(Each student who receives an account will be part of a discussion with a 
Exemplary School District faculty member pertaining to the proper use 
of the network.) The system administrators will deem what is 
inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the system 
administrators may close an account at any time as required. The 
administration, faculty, and staff of Exemplary School District may 
request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific 
user accounts. 

3) Network Etiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally 
accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited 
to) the following: 

  • Be polite.  Do not get abusive in your messages to others. 
  • Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language. Illegal activities are strictly forbidden. 
  • Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues. 
  • Note that 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 may be reported to the authorities. 
  •  Do not use the network in such a way that you 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. 
4)  Exemplary School District makes no warranties of any kind, 
whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. 
Exemplary School District will not be responsible for any damages 
you suffer. This include loss of  data resulting from delays, 
nondeliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by it's 
own negligence or your errors or omissions. Use of any information 
obtained via the Internet is at your own risk. Exemplary School 
District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or 
quality of information obtained through its services. 

5) Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, 
especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can 
identify a security problem on the Internet, you must notify a system 
administrator or your District Internet Coordinator. Do not 
demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another 
individual's account without written permission from that individual. 
Attempts to logon to the 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. 
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 that are connected to the NSFNET Internet backbone. This 
includes, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer 

Exemplary School District 
Internet Use Agreement 

I understand and will abide by the above Internet Use Agreement. I 
further understand that any violation of the regulations above is 
unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any 
violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary 
action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action. 

User Signature:             Date: 

Parent or Guardian

(If you are under the age of 18 a parent or guardian must also read and 
sign this agreement.) 

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Internet Use 
Agreement. I understand that this access is designed for educational 
purposes. Exemplary School District has taken precautions to 
eliminate controversial material. However, I also recognize it is 
impossible for Exemplary School District to restrict access to all 
controversial materials and I will not hold them responsible for 
materials acquired on the network  Further, I accept full responsibility 
for supervision if and when my child's use is not in a school setting. 
I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify 
that the information contained on this form is correct. 

Parent or Guardian's Name (please print): 
Signature:                                                                 Date: 

Sponsoring Teacher 

(Must be signed if the applicant is a student) 

I have read the Internet Use Agreement and agree to promote this 
agreement with the student. Because the student may use the network 
for individual work or in the context of another class, I cannot be held 
responsible for the student use of the network. As the sponsoring 
teacher I do agree to instruct the student on acceptable use of the 
network and proper network etiquette. 

Teacher's Name (please print): 
Signature:                                                                 Date: 

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