Administrative Procedure 140 – Appendix C

ICT Use Rules And Etiquette

  1. Anyone who may have occasion to interact with the ICT of the Division will abide by the Division Administrative Procedure for acceptable ICT use as detailed in the Division's Administrative Procedures Manual. This Administrative Procedure applies when using Division-owned and/or User-owned equipment and services.
    In summary, the Administrative Procedure states that access to ICT is viewed as a privilege, not a right. You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of ICT etiquette and digital citizenship. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
    1. Behaviour and conduct expectations are generally the same when using technology as they are when not using technology.
    2. Use electronic information resources in a responsible manner that supports learning and demonstrates exemplary character. Cite sources when using information retrieved online. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are prohibited.
    3. Be polite. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language or symbols.
    4. Do not use the Division's or personal ICT for illegal or frivolous activity
    5. Do not attempt to interfere with the proper operation of Division ICT resources.
    6. Do not play network intensive games, or use messaging without permission
    7. Do not download excessively large files
    8. Do not share accounts and passwords with anyone besides a teacher
    9. Do not use someone else's account
    10. Do not access sites or information not suitable for a school environment
    11. Do not transmit correspondence inappropriate to educational or administrative purposes
    12. Do not harass other users (e.g., with unwanted messages)
    13. Do not reveal personal information (yours or others), for example: home addresses, phone numbers, photographs
    14. Do not participate in any activities that would violate the school handbook procedures
    15. Do not participate in any other inappropriate use or misuse of Division ICT
    16. Do report known security problems and/or inappropriate use to the teacher or administration/supervisor
    17. Only Division approved software may be installed on Division owned equipment
    18. The Director of Information Technology and Digital Communications must be notified before hardware is installed or modified
    19. Web pages must be approved by the Principal prior to posting to the school or Division websites
    20. Division officials will deem what is inappropriate use, and their decision is final. Use of all Division ICT including network and e-mail accounts are monitored, and use of said ICT and accounts implies agreement to such monitoring, even when using user-owned devices. The Division may close an account or prohibit use of its ICT at any time for violations.
  2. Failure to adhere to these procedures may result in the actions outlined below.
    1. Criminal prosecution as detailed in the computer crimes and ICT provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.
    2. Denial of ICT privileges (temporary or permanent)
    3. Expulsion from a class
    4. Other penalties or disciplinary actions deemed appropriate by appropriate Division personnel
      As a result of these or other actions taken, you may be prevented from completing certain tasks or duties dependent upon access to the Division's ICT.
  3. The Division does not employ filters to restrict access to inappropriate Internet sites.
  4. Division officials may access any files, messages, etc. created or modified on Division ICT.

Adopted:

April 28, 1997

Amended:

May 10, 2005; April 15, 2013; August 2016, 2, 31, 32, 33, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222, Education Act
December 30, 2021

Reference:

Section 2, 31, 32, 33, 52, 53, 196, 197, 222, Education Act

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canadian Criminal Code

Copyright Act

I.T.I.L Standards, Alberta Education

ATA Code of Professional Conduct

Cross References:

AP 403 Duty to Report

AP 422 Teacher Growth Supervision and Evaluation

AP 445 CUPE Code of Conduct

AP 446 CUPE Discipline