5:190 - Use of District Electronic Networks and Technology Equipment

Policy 5:190

Personnel

Use of District Electronic Networks and Technology Equipment

District electronic networks and technology equipment (i.e., computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, computer programs, printers, electronic mail, software and any device capable of accepting, sending and processing data) are provided for use by authorized employees solely for work related purposes. Employees shall not utilize District electronic networks and technology equipment for commercial or personal use, gain or electronic advantage absent written authorization first obtained from the Board of Education. (105 ILCS 5/10-23/10)

Individual log-ins are provided to access District electronic networks and technology equipment and are made available to authorized personnel to assist them in accomplishing specific instructional and administrative goals of the District. Employees are prohibited from accessing or attempting to access another employee’s electronic network or technology equipment account without prior authorization. Employees are expected to comply with Policy 6:235 Access to Electronic Networks as well all other applicable policies governing the use of technology. Employees are prohibited from:

  1. intentionally providing computer access to unauthorized individuals (i.e., loaning account codes to another person, disclosing someone else’s password to a third party, using another’s account, etc.);
  2. disrupting access to a computer system, network, or file (by crashing a system, releasing viruses, altering or attempting to learn other’s passwords, tying up terminals, printers or operating systems, using District electronic or technology equipment for illegal activities, etc.);
  3. accessing or changing other individual’s or department’s files without permission;
  4. sending or distributing harassing messages;
  5. purposefully wasting resources or damaging District electronic networks or technology equipment;
  6. sending receiving or storing obscene, immoral or threatening material of any kind.

 

Employees shall have no proprietary interest or expectation of privacy with respect to information, data, or messages sent through or stored on District electronic networks or technology equipment. The District reserves the right to view or scan any file or software stored on District electronic networks and technology equipment. The District will periodically verify that software and hardware are working correctly, check for viruses, update software and operating systems or audit District resources and business operations.

Adopted: November 10, 1997

Revised: September 29, 2014

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