PC Policy

• Computing resources are not to be used for personal commercial purposes or for personal, financial or other gain.
• Any attempt to circumvent individual computer system protection or general campus-wide computing security may result in actions that violate the user’s right to privacy, the property rights of the file owner or a third party (such as a software supplier), and therefore can be grounds for the imposition of severe penalties, including suspension, financial reparations, and loss of computer privileges.
• All users are prohibited (1) from installing unlicensed software or peripherals on equipment and (2) from removing preinstalled files without proper authorization.
• The Department of Education of the City of New York reserves the right to terminate any user’s access to the Internet and to monitor all Internet access including e-mail.
• The Department has installed filtering software in an attempt to block access to inappropriate and/or harmful text on the Internet.
• As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”), the Department will monitor students’ online activities.
• Users will not use the Department’s system to access material that is profane or obscene (e.g., pornography), that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (e.g., hate literature).
• System users have no privacy expectation in the contents of their personal files and records of their online activity while on the Department’s system.
• Student users will not post or transmit photographs or personal contact information about themselves or other people without prior written parental consent from the parent of the student whose information is being posted. Such consent must be delivered to the child’s teacher or principal. Personal contact information includes, but is not limited to, home address, telephone number, school name, school address and classroom.
• Student users will not agree to meet with someone they have met online without their parent’s approval and participation.
• Student users will promptly disclose to their teacher or other school employee any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Web Pages shall not contain or display:
a) Personal contact information about students beyond that permitted by the school, district and parent.
b) Photographs, videos or other images of any identifiable individual, other than a historical or public figure, without a signed release. Releases for students under the age of 18 must be signed by their parent or lawful guardian.
c) Copyrighted or trademarked material belonging to others unless written permission to display such material has been obtained from the owner. There will be no assumption that the publication of copyrighted material on a web site is within the fair use exemption.
• Student Web pages must include the following notice: “This is a student Web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the New York City Department of Education or the student’s school.”

Please click on the link below to obtain a copy of the computer and internet use policies.


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