Acceptable Use Policy/Agreements
An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will clearly outline how the goals and objectives of your school will be accomplished while providing a safe and enriching learning environment.
Some key points to keep in mind:
- In a climate of increasing liability an AUP is indispensable as a first line of defense against damages incurred through misuse or abuse of technology resources.
- Schools should have on file a signed agreement that the user will abide by the school’s AUP. (In the case of minors, the parent/s must also sign the agreement.)
- AUPs should be universal in application to all users (including staff) of the school’s technology resources, but may allow for differing levels of restriction and monitoring.
- An AUP will help safeguard valuable technology resources from external intrusion or un-intentional damage from internal users.
- An effective AUP will be written in such a manner as to positively communicate values while encouraging students to make positive choices and maintain personal safety online.