Internet Use at Dowling School

Student Internet Policy

 
Special School District No. 1 
Minneapolis Public Schools 
807 N.E. Broadway    Minneapolis, MN  55413 
http://www.mpls.k12.mn.us
 

 
6415 B 
Internet, E-mail and Network Rules 
for Student Use       Regulation 
Original Adoption: 05/26/2009      Effective Date: 05/27/2009 
Revision Dates:       
 
I. PURPOSE 
The purpose of this regulation is to establish appropriate rules for educational and  ethical student uses of the Internet, e-mail and District networks at school and to  identify individual student responsibilities. 

II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF REGULATION 


A. The use of District access to the Internet, to District e-mail accounts and 
District networks is a privilege. 
 
B. District policies regarding harassment, violence, bullying and hazing apply to Internet and e-mail use regardless of the access point used. 

 
C. Students will : 

1. use only those Internet sites that are connected to their course of study or 
that a teacher has given them permission to use. 
2. follow all policies, laws and regulations regarding copyright and use of 
Internet materials. 
3. at all times accurately represent themselves on the system.  
4. use appropriate language.  Speech or language that is inappropriate for 
classroom use is inappropriate for Internet or e-mail use. 
 
D. Students will not: 

1. divulge their whole name, address or telephone number through email or 
internet access unless directed to do so by a teacher for an educational 
purpose. 
2.  upload or transmit multimedia including the voice or image of any other 
person unless directed to do so by a teacher for educational purposes. 
3. use anyone else’s password or open or use anyone else’s files unless 
directed to do so by a teacher for educational purposes. 
 
E. Students shall not  

1. download or install any software while using the District system without 
permission. 
2. open links leading to advertising or competitions, unless directed to do so 
by a teacher for educational purposes. 
3. use proxy servers to access Internet content that is blocked by any filter 
employed by the District. 
4. use the District system to post unauthorized or inappropriate personal 
information about a user or another individual on social networks, 
including, but not limited to, networks such as “MySpace” and 
“Facebook” 
 
F. Student files and e-mails created or transmitted using the District system are 
District property and may be viewed by District personnel at any time. 


III. RESPONSIBILITY 

A. Schools shall post these regulations electronically and otherwise. 
 
B. School staff shall teach these regulations to students prior to student use of the 
system. 
 
C. School staff is responsible for enforcing these regulations, and are required to 
report violations to the school principal, site administrator or designee. 
 
D. Students are responsible for following these regulations. Students who violate these regulations are subject to discipline according to the citywide 
disciplinary policy and school rules, which may include loss of access  privileges, suspension, paying for repairs or damages, or referral to civil or 
criminal system authorities for possible prosecution. 
 
Legal References: 
15 USC §6501 et seq. (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) 
17 USC §101 et seq. (Copyrights) 
20 USC §6751 et seq. (Enhancing Education through Technology Act of 2001) 
47 USC §254 (Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 [CIPA]) 
47 CFR §54.520 (FCC Rules implementing CIPA) 
Minn. Stat. §125B.15 (Internet Access for Students) 
Minn. Stat. §125B.26 (Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Act) 
Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733, 21 L.Ed.2d 
731 (1969) 
United States v. American Library Association, 539 U.S.194, 123 S.Ct.2297, 56 L.Ed.2d 
221 (2003) 
Layshock v. Hermitage Sch. Dist., 412 F.Supp.2d 502 (2006) 
J.S. v. Bethlehem Area Sch. Dist., 807 A.2d 847 (Pa. 2002) 
 
 
 
Cross References: 
MPS Policy 1040 (Data Practices) 
MPS Policy 4002 (Harassment and Violence Prohibition) 
MPS Policy 5000 (Equal Education Opportunity) 
MPS Policy 5200 (Citywide Disciplinary Policy) 
MPS Policy 5201 (Bullying and Hazing Prohibition) 
MPS Policy 6415 (Internet and Educational Network Use)