Administrative Policies of the Milwaukee Public Schools
Administrative Policies 6.34

Staff Acceptable Use Policy

Milwaukee Public Schools offers electronic network access for students, teachers, and other staff within the school system. The purpose of having the electronic network is to support the instructional program including learning opportunities, business applications, information retrieval, searching strategies, research skills and critical thinking. This document defines the acceptable use of the MPS network system (i.e. WAN, LAN, Internet, and Email) and computer resources by MPS Staff.

  1. EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE_________________________________________
  1. The districtís network system has been established for educational and administrative purposes. The term educational purposes includes classroom activities, continuing education, professional or career development, and high-quality, educationally enriching personal research.

  2. The districtís network system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum. The district has the right to place restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in this policy and the law in your use of the network system. Disciplinary action may take place against MPS staff that break rules as defined in MPS School Board Policy.

  3. You may not use the network system for commercial purposes. This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through the network system.
  1. RULES AND REGULATIONS_______________________________________
  1. Acceptable Use

    1. Milwaukee Public Schools networks are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner and must be in support of the educational objectives and employee guidelines of Milwaukee Public Schools.

  2. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Violating copyright/trademark laws.

    2. Using threatening or obscene material.

    3. Political or campaign materials.

    4. The casual use of the email system is permitted as long as it does not interrupt the network or interfere with the employeeís assignments and the email item is a legal document.

    5. Listservs may never be used for personal emails nor can the employee use district-wide school/department email addresses.

    6. Using offensive or harassing statements or language including profanity, vulgarity, and/or disparagement of others based on their race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religious or political beliefs.

    7. You will not cyber bully another person. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another staff member or student by way of any technological tool, such as sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures, or images, or website postings.

    8. Sending or soliciting sexually oriented messages or images.

    9. Changing settings on computers.

    10. Disrupting the network through casual use of the Internet.

    11. Accessing chat rooms and other social networking sites except those set up and/or approved by school administration.

    12. Accessing programs not appropriate for educational use.

    13. Unauthorized use of password protected programs (SIMMS, IFAS, Portal, eSIS, etc.).

  1. SYSTEM SECURITY AND RESOURCE LIMITS_______________________
  1. System security

    1. Attempts to login to the system as any other user, to share a password, or allow a security breach may result in cancellation of user privileges.

    2. You will immediately notify a system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem. However, do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an unlawful attempt to gain access. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

    3. You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the district virus protection procedures.

  2. Resource limits

  3. You will not download files unless absolutely necessary for educational or administrative purposes. If deemed necessary, then immediately remove the file from the computer/network after you no longer need access to it.

  1. EMAIL ACCOUNTS_______________________________________________
  1. Email accounts are to be used only by the owner.

  2. Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private; system operators have access to all mail.

  3. All staff email is archived for a period of seven years in accordance with the Open Records Act.
  1. PRIVACY________________________________________________________
  1. Privacy

    1. You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files on the network system and records of your online activity. This districtís monitoring of Internet usage can reveal all activities you engage in using the network system.

    2. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the network system may lead to discovery that you have violated this policy or the law. An individual search will be conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this policy or the law. The investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

    3. Confidential files are to be accessed only by appropriate personnel.

  2. Due process

    1. The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any unlawful activities conducted through the network system.

    2. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this policy in your use of the network system, you will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in board policy.

  1. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY_______________________________________
The district will not guarantee that the functions or services provided through the network system will be without error. The district will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to loss of data, interruptions of service, or exposure to inappropriate material or people. The district will not be responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through the network system. The district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.