Acceptable Use Policy for Students
The Vermilion Parish School District
offers Internet access for student use through the Vermilion Parish School
Network (VPS-Net). This document contains information for students and parents
about usage and responsibilities
A. Educational Purpose
- VPS-Net has been established for educational
- VPS-Net has not been established as a public access
service or a public forum. Vermilion
District has the right to place reasonable
restrictions on the material you access or post through the system. You
are also expected to follow the rules set forth in the Vermilion Parish
Student/Parent Handbook and the law in your use of VPS-Net.
- You may not use VPS-Net for commercial purposes.
This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services
B. Student Internet Access
- Students in grades 5-12 may have access to the Internet
and our network resources in their
classroom, library, or school computer lab using their own account by agreeing
to this acceptable use and signing
- Students may be provided with individual e-mail accounts
at the request of their teacher and with the approval of their parent.
- You and your parent must sign an Account Agreement
to be granted an individual e-mail account on VPS-Net. This Agreement must
be renewed on an annual basis. Your parent can withdraw their approval at
- If approved by your building principal, school
sponsored organizations may create a Web page on VPS-Net. All material
placed on your Web page must be preapproved in a manner specified by the
school. Material placed on your Web page must relate to your school or
career preparation activities.
- You should not attempt to access illegal or
inappropriate material by by-passing the VPS-Net filters.
C. Monitoring System
network activity is monitored through the VPS-Net monitoring system. This includes:
Internet addresses and searches
Parish email (ex. vrml.k12.la.us)
email (ex. yahoo, hotmail, aol, etc.)
current filtering system generates automatic reports of suspicious and
inappropriate activity which is available to school and central office
communication entering our network are also monitored.
D. Unacceptable Uses
following uses of VPS-Net are considered unacceptable:
1. Personal Safety
a. You will not post personal contact
information about yourself or other people. Personal contact information
includes your address, telephone, school address, work address, etc.
b. You will not agree to meet with
someone you have met online without your parent's approval. Your parent should
accompany you to this meeting.
- You will promptly disclose to
your teacher or other school employee any message you receive that is
inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
2. Illegal Activities
a. You will not attempt to gain
unauthorized access to VPS-Net or to any other computer system through VPS-Net
or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through
another person's account or access another person's files. These actions are
illegal, even if only for the purposes of "browsing".
- You will not make deliberate
attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading
computer viruses or by any other means. These actions are illegal.
- You will not use VPS-Net to
engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the
purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the
safety of person, etc.
3. System Security
a. You are responsible for your
individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others
from being able to use your account. Under no conditions should you provide
your password to another person.
b. You will immediately notify a teacher
or other school personnel if you have identified a possible security problem.
Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an
illegal attempt to gain access.
- Inappropriate Language
- Restrictions against
Inappropriate Language apply to public messages, private messages, and
material posted on Web pages.
- You will not use obscene,
profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful
- You will not engage in personal
attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks, post false or
defamatory information, or repost a message that was sent to you
privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.
- You will not harass another
person. If you are told by a person to stop sending them messages, you
- Respecting Resource Limits.
- You will use the system only for
educational and career development activities and limited, high-quality,
- You will not download large
files or use streaming music/video unless directed by the teacher.
- You will not post chain letters
or engage in "spamming".
- You will check your e-mail
frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within your
- You will subscribe only to high
quality discussion group maillists that are
relevant to your education or career development.
- Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
- You will not plagiarize works
that you find on the Internet.
- You will respect the rights of
copyright owners. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate
use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements. If you
are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request
permission from the copyright owner. Copyright law can be very confusing.
If you have questions ask your teacher or librarian.
- Inappropriate Access to Material
- You will not use VPS-Net to attempt
to access material that is inappropriate.
- If you mistakenly access
inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher or
another District employee * (or disclose this access in the manner
specified by your school). This will protect you against a claim that you
have intentionally violated this Policy.
E. Your Rights
- Free Speech
- Your right to free speech
applies also to your communication on the Internet. The VPS-Net is
considered a limited forum, similar to the school newspaper, and
therefore the District may restrict your speech for valid educational
reasons. The District will not restrict your speech on the basis of a disagreement
with the opinions you are expressing.
- Search and Seizure.
- You should expect only limited
privacy in the contents of your personal files on the District system.
The situation is similar to the rights you have in the privacy of your
- Routine maintenance and
monitoring of VPS-Net may lead to discovery that the you have violated
this Policy, the Vermilion Parish Student/Parish Handbook, or the law.
- An individual search will be
conducted if there is reasonable suspicion that you have violated this
Policy, the Vermilion Parish Student/Parish Handbook, or the law. The
investigation will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.
- Your parents have the right at
any time to request to see the contents of your e-mail files.
- Due Process
- The District will cooperate
fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation
related to any illegal activities conducted through VPS-Net.
- In the event there is a possible
violation in the use of the VPS-Net the following consequences may
include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of internet, email, and
- Parent notification
- PBS procedures of the school
F. Limitation of Liability
makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through
the District system will be error-free or without defect. The District will not
be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to,
loss of data or interruptions of service. The District is not responsible for
the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the
system. The District will not be responsible for financial obligations arising
through the unauthorized use of the system.