Acceptable Use Policies
An AUP or "Acceptable Use Policy" governs the use of technology. Schools typically require these for students and some schools also require an AUP for faculty.
School AUP Links
Holton-Arms Technology Code of Conduct
Castilleja School Technology Honor Code
Landon School AUP
Norwood School AUP
American Embassy School, New Delhi Elementary School AUP
Stone Ridge AUP
Woodward Academy (includes federal law references)
Also see: Model Acceptable Use Policy.
Discussion of Faculty Policies
Also See: Social Media Policy
On blogging by faculty members, as posted to ISED on 5-18-06, Jason J. suggests language does not need to be specific to the communication medium, but should address these three concerns:
1. Content reveals confidential info about the school, students, or employees. Confidentiality of all school information is detailed in our handbook and we intentionally do not limit it by referring to all the mechanisms that can be used to breach confidentiality (e.g. Verbal, fax, email, sms, blog, smoke signal).
2. Content reflects poorly on the employee. This is addressed in our contracts with with language around conduct.
3. Content reflects poorly on school. e.g. If they disparage or express frustrations with their work experience. This is a combination of existing confidentiality and conduct without specific reference to blogs so it can be brought to bear on any technology (blog, podcast, vcast, etc).
- From an employee handbook: "...Employees are to communicate with students and parents through the school email system only. Employees may not use personal email or screen names to communicate with students and parents. In addition, employees may not visit student or parent MySpace or FaceBook pages nor may students or parents be encouraged to visit employee MySpace or FaceBook pages. Employees are not to text message students or parents."
- "Exercise extreme caution in connection with contact/web cam internet sites (for example chat rooms, message boards, social networking sites and newsgroups) and avoid inappropriate communication with individuals under 18 or with whom you may be in a position of trust."
- Also See: Social Networking Guidelines for Faculty
Discussion of Student Policies
"Western Reserve Academy respects the importance of online student-profile sites like MySpace, Facebook, Xanga, Bebo and others to students who use these sites as a means of communicating with friends. Nonetheless, students must understand the public nature of these sites, and the responsibility and accountability that they, as site manager, must assume. They also must understand that their names and sites are linked with Western Reserve Academy, and as a result, the school may monitor the content of these sites because of the impact this can have on school accountability, public image, and student safety."
From ISED-L on 5-30-08
Jenni from Sidwell Friends School includes this rewrite of their RUP (see finished document above): Your behavior in the electronic world should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration that you use face-to-face. Words can hurt or heal, whether in person or online. Technological communication is persistent and replicable; it can be forwarded, copied, and traced. Therefore you should be cautious and respectful in all online communication. Lying, cheating, and stealing are the same in person or online. Do not engage in plagiarism or other forms of cheating. Do not engage in illegal activities which include, but are not limited to: viewing, downloading or transmission of pornography, materials containing obscenities or threats, harassment, fraud, theft, vandalism, copyright or trademark violations (including improper copying of licensed software) and allowing or assisting in unauthorized access to the network.
Articles About Teachers or Students on Facebook & Myspace
Link or post ideas that are an evolution from the first generation of AUPs.
- From Friends Seminary: "in using social networks, students, faculty and parents should observe the same social conventions that our community uses at school or out of school. In case questions or concerns arise, the appropriate school personnel should be consulted. When using new technologies, we enjoy exciting ways to work and communicate, nevertheless we must also be extremely careful in maintaining a caring community that supports the educational, social and emotional growth of all its members."
- From NYSAIS: “Any communications to or about any other member of the school community will be considered to be subject to the school’s published regulations and code of conduct.”
- Craig Nansen, on his blog, includes their AUP, but with a new twist. There is no signing of a form. Computer & network use are treated like textbooks... (parents aren't asked to sign a form about textbook use either).
Consequences for Mis-use
- 10 Commandments
- Developing Blogging Guidelines
- CTAP Region IV's Cybersafety Project contains a comprensive collection of resources related to AUPs, cell phone policies and legal issues.
- Student accessible acronym for responsible use at The Peck School