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6142.11 Acceptable Use of Computer Network for Staff


Northfield, New Jersey Monitored

X Mandated

Policy X Other Reasons






The board recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technologies shift the manner in which information is accessed, communicated and transferred that those changes will alter the nature of teaching and learning. Access to telecommunications will allow teaching staff members to explore databases, libraries, Internet sites, bulletin boards and the like while exchanging information with individuals throughout the world. The board supports access by teaching staff members to information sources but reserves the right to limit in-school use to materials appropriate to educational purposes. The board directs the Superintendent of Schools to effect training of teaching staff members in skills appropriate to analyzing and evaluating such resources as to appropriateness for educational purposes.


The board also recognizes that telecommunications will allow teaching staff members access to information sources that have not been pre-screened using board approved standards. The board therefore adopts the following standards of conduct for the use of computer network(s) and declares unethical, unacceptable, inappropriate or illegal behavior as just cause for taking disciplinary action, limiting or revoking network access privileges, instituting legal action or taking any other appropriate action as deemed necessary.


The board provides access to computer network(s)/computers for administrative and educational purposes only. The board retains the right to restrict or terminate teaching staff member’s access to the computer network(s)/computers at any time, for any reason. The board retains the right to have the Superintendent of Schools or designee monitor network activity, in any form necessary, to maintain the integrity of the network(s) and ensure its proper use.


Standards for Use of Computer Network(s)


Any individual engaging in the following actions declared unethical, unacceptable or illegal when using computer network(s)/computers shall be subject to discipline or legal action:


A. Using the computer network(s)/computers for illegal, inappropriate or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities. Illegal activities are defined as activities which violate federal, state, local laws and regulations. Inappropriate activities are defined as those that violate the intended use of the network(s). Obscene activities shall be defined as activities involving viewing or transition of sexually oriented or obscene materials or otherwise any violation of generally accepted social standards for use of publicly owned and operated communication vehicles in the work or educational setting or otherwise in the presence of children.


B. Using the computer network(s)/computers to violate copyrights, institutional or third party copyrights, license agreements or other contracts.


C. Using the computer network(s) in a manner that:


1. Intentionally disrupts network traffic or crashes the network;


2. Degrades or disrupts equipment or system performance;


3. Uses the computing resources of the school district for commercial purposes, financial gain or fraud;


4. Steals data or other intellectual property;


5. Gains or seeks unauthorized access to the files of others or vandalizes the data of another user;


6. Gains or seeks unauthorized access to resources or entities;


7. Forges electronic mail messages or uses an account owned by others;


8. Invades privacy of others;


9. Posts anonymous messages;


10. Possesses any data which is a violation of this policy; and/or


11. Engages in other activities that do not advance the educational purposes for which computer network(s)/computers are provided.


D. Limitation of Liability


The Internet constitutes an unregulated collection of resources that changes constantly, so it is not possible to totally predict or control the resources that users may locate. The board cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information or the appropriateness of materials that a user may encounter. Furthermore, the board shall not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. Nor shall the board be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.





Individuals violating this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions as defined by

Policy No. 4117.50/4217.50, Discipline which includes but are not limited to:


A. Use of the network(s)/computers only under direct supervision;


B. Suspension of network privileges;


C. Revocation of network privileges;


D. Suspension of computer privileges;


E. Revocation of computer privileges;


F. Suspension;


G. Dismissal;


H. Legal action and prosecution by the authorities; and/or


I. Any appropriate action that may be deemed necessary as determined by the Superintendent of Schools.



Adopted: November 17, 2009

NJSBA Review/Update: December 2009; December 2010

Readopted: October 24, 2011

Revised: June 25, 2012



Key Words


Acceptable Use, Blocking/Filtering Software, E-mail, Internet, Technology, Web Site, World Wide Web


Legal References: N.J.S.A. 2A:38A-1 et seq. Computer System

N.J.S.A. 2C:20-25 Computer Related Theft

N.J.S.A. 18A:7A-10 New Jersey QSAC

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-35 School Internet websites; disclosure of certain student information prohibited

N.J.A.C. 6A:30-1.1 et seq. Evaluation of the Performance of School Districts

17 U.S.C. 101 United States Copyright Law

47 U.S.C. 254(h) Children’s Internet Protection Act


State in re T.L.O., 94 N.J. 331 (1983), reversed on other grounds, New Jersey v. T.L.O., 569 U.S. 325 (1985).


O’Connor v. Ortega 480 U.S. 709 (1987)


No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, 20 U.S.C.A. 6301 et seq.



Cross References: *1111 District publications

*3514 Equipment

3543 Office services

*3570 District records and reports

4118.2/4218.2 Freedom of speech (staff)

*5114 Suspension and expulsion

*5124 Reporting to parents/guardians

*5131 Conduct/discipline

*5131.5 Vandalism/violence

*5142 Student safety

5145.2 Freedom of speech/expression (students)

*6144 Controversial issues

*6145.3 Publications

6161 Equipment, books and materials


*Indicates policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.