Administrative Policies of the Milwaukee Public Schools
Administrative Policies 6.34
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.
- EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE_________________________________________
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- RULES AND REGULATIONS_______________________________________
- Acceptable Use
- 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.
- Unacceptable uses include,
but are not limited to, the following:
- Violating copyright/trademark
- Using threatening or
- Political or campaign
- 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
- Listservs may never
be used for personal emails nor can the employee use district-wide school/department
- 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.
- 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.
- Sending or soliciting
sexually oriented messages or images.
- Changing settings on
- Disrupting the network
through casual use of the Internet.
- Accessing chat rooms
and other social networking sites except those set up and/or approved
by school administration.
- Accessing programs
not appropriate for educational use.
- Unauthorized use of
password protected programs (SIMMS, IFAS, Portal, eSIS, etc.).
- SYSTEM SECURITY AND RESOURCE
- System security
- 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.
- 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.
- You will avoid the
inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the district virus
- Resource limits
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.
- EMAIL ACCOUNTS_______________________________________________
- Email accounts are to be
used only by the owner.
- Electronic mail is not
guaranteed to be private; system operators have access to all mail.
- All staff email is archived
for a period of seven years in accordance with the Open Records Act.
- 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
- 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.
- Confidential files
are to be accessed only by appropriate personnel.
- Due process
- The district will cooperate
fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related
to any unlawful activities conducted through the network system.
- 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.
- 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.