System User Application and Agreement

           The Southeastern Ohio Voluntary Education Cooperative

Read the following carefully before signing; this is a legally binding

                            General Information

Internet access is now available to all users of the Southeastern Ohio
Voluntary Education Cooperative (SEOVEC) communications network.  This
access is being offered as part of a collaborative effort involving the
Ohio Department of Education, its divisions, the State-licensed regional
data processing centers, all known collectively as the Ohio Education
Computer Network (OECN), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Our goal in providing this service is to promote educational excellence in
the school districts participating in SEOVEC by facilitating resource
sharing, innovation, and communication.   Through participation in this
effort, SEOVEC provides to the southeastern Ohio educational community a
network offering vast, diverse and unique resources.  A listing of the
member districts of SEOVEC is included at the end of this Agreement.

The SEOVEC communication network is an electronic computer network with
access to the Internet.  The Internet is an electronic highway connecting
thousands of computers all over the world and millions of individual
subscribers.  SEOVEC users have access to electronic mail communication
with people all over the world; information and news from NASA as well as
the opportunity to correspond with the scientists at NASA and other
research institutions; public domain and shareware software of all types;
discussion groups on a plethora of topics ranging from Chinese culture to
the environment to music to politics; access to many University Library
Catalogs, the Library of Congress, CARL and ERIC.

Along with access to computers and people all over the world comes the
availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational
value in the context of the school setting.  SEOVEC and the OECN have taken
available precautions to restrict access to controversial materials.
However, on a global network it is impossible to control all materials and
an industrious user may discover controversial information.  SEOVEC and the
OECN firmly believe the valuable information and interaction available on
this worldwide network far outweighs the possibility users may procure
material inconsistent with the educational goals of this project.

Internet access is coordinated through a complex association of government
agencies, and regional and state networks.  In addition, the smooth
operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the end users
who must adhere to strict guidelines.  These guidelines are provided here
so the user is aware of the responsibilities associated with use of this

In general network use requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of
the network resources.  If a SEOVEC user violates any of these provisions,
his or her account with SEOVEC can be terminated and future access could
possibly be denied.  The signature(s) at the end of this document is (are)
legally binding and indicates the party (parties) who signed has (have)
read the terms and conditions carefully and understand(s) their significance.

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                       Guidelines for Acceptable Use

 1.  Use of the SEOVEC network is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate
        use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.  SEOVEC
        system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use of the
        network; their decision is final.  The system administrators may
        close an account at any time as required.  The administration,
        faculty, and staff of SEOVEC's member districts may request the
        system administrators to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user

 2.  Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when
        the system involves many users.  Individuals identifing a security
        problem on the SEOVEC or OECN network have to obligation to notify
        the system administrators at the earliest possible time.  It is
        recommended the problem be reported via telephone if possible or
        E-mail if the user is reasonably sure E-mail is secure.

        A copy of the SEOVEC Security Policy is attached to and considered
        a part of this Agreement.  Attempts to login to the system as any
        other user will result in cancellation of user privileges.  Any
        user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems
        with other computer systems may be denied access to SEOVEC.

 3.  The purpose of NSFNET, the backbone network to the Internet, is to
        support research and education in and among academic institutions
        in the U.S. by providing access to unique resources and the
        opportunity for collaborative work.  Use of an account must support
        goals consistent with the educational objectives of SEOVEC member
        school districts.  The use of other organization's networks or
        computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that

        Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state
        regulation is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to:
        copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material
        protected by trade secret.  Additionally, Commercial transactions,
        "for-profit" ventures, employee recruiting, extensive personal
        business, product advertisement, or political lobbying are
        unacceptable activities.

 4.  SEOVEC and the OECN make no warranties of any kind, expressed or
        implied, for the service being provided and will not be responsible
        for any damages suffered, including loss of data resulting from
        delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries, or service interruptions
        caused by negligence, errors or omissions.  SEOVEC and the OECN
        specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of
        information obtained through the network services; use of any such
        information is at the user's risk.

 5.  Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is
        defined as any malicious attempt to alter or destroy or reduce the
        usability of data of another user or any agencies or other networks
        that are connected to SEOVEC, the OECN, or the NSFNET Internet
        backbone.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or
        creation of computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, etc.

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 6.  All users are expected to abide by generally accepted rules of network
        etiquette, including (but not limited to) the following:

        Do not use abusive language in messages.
        The network is a public medium.  Do not use vulgarities,
           obscenities or other inappropriate language; reposting or
           quoting obscene or inappropriate material is also unacceptable.
        Illegal activities are strictly forbidden, will be reported to
           appropriate authorities, and can result in loss of priviledges
           to use the network.
        Do not reveal personal addresses or phone numbers.
        Electronic mail (E-mail) is not guaranteed to be private; system
           administrators and operators have access to mail.  Messages
           relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported
           to the appropriate authorities.
        The network is a shared resource with finite capacities.  Any use
           of the network which disrupts other users or seriously degrades
           performance may be determined to be improper by the system
           administrator; appropriate action will be taken.
        All communications and information accessible via the network
           should be assumed to be private property.  Reposting of private
           communications without prior consent of the author is

 7.  SEOVEC may occasionally require new registration and account
        information from all or selected user in order to continue the
        service.  Users agree to notify SEOVEC of any changes in account
        information (address, etc.) as soon as possible.

 8.  Currently, there are no user fees for this service.

 9.  The SEOVEC system administrators reserve the right to limit or suspend
        access to the OECN and/or INTERNET or to supercede portions of this
        Agreement as may be deemed necessary for the maintenance, safety or
        security of the SEOVEC member districts or the OECN.

10.  All terms and conditions as stated in this document are applicable to
        SEOVEC and the OECN in addition to NSFNET.  These terms and
        conditions reflect the entire agreement of the parties and
        supersedes all prior oral or written agreements and understandings
        of the parties.  These terms and conditions shall be governed and
        interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio,
        United States of America.

              Statement of Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

USER:   I understand and will abide by the above Terms and Conditions for
        use of the SEOVEC network.  I further understand that violation of
        the guidelines and regulations outlined above is unethical and may
        constitute a criminal offense.  Should I commit any violation, my
        access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action and/or
        appropriate legal action may be taken.

User Signature:  ___________________________________ Date:  ____/____/____

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PARENT/GUARDIAN: (Required if user is under the age of 18.)

        As the parent or Guardian of the above user, I have read the Terms
        and Conditions for use of the SEOVEC network.  I understand this
        access is designed for educational purposes and that SEOVEC and the
        OECN have taken available precautions to eliminate controversial
        material.  However, I also recognize it is impossible for SEOVEC or
        the OECN to restrict access to all controversial materials and I
        will not hold them responsible for materials acquired by the above
        user from the network.  Further, I accept full responsibility for
        supervision if and when my child's/ward's usage is not in a school
        setting.  I hereby give my permission to issue the account and
        certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

Printed Parent/Guardian Name:  ___________________________________________

Signature:  ________________________________________  Date: ____/____/____


TEACHER: (Required if applicant is a student.)

        I have read the Terms and Conditions and agree to promote this
        agreement with the student.  Because the student may use the
        network for individual work or in the context of another class, I
        cannot be held responsible for the student's use of the network.
        As the sponsoring teacher I do agree to instruct the student on
        acceptable use of the network and proper network etiquette.

Printed Teacher Name:  ___________________________________________________

Signature:  ________________________________________  Date: ____/____/____


Printed User Full Name:  _________________________________________________

Home Address:  ___________________________________________________________


Home Phone:  ______________________    Work Phone:  ______________________

(check one)       ______ Student at ____________________________
                                       (school district name)

                  ______ Teacher at ____________________________
                                       (school district name)

                  ______ Other: ________________________________

        When an account is established, you will be notified of your user
        name and initial password.  Thank you for your interest and support
        of this educational resource for Southeastern Ohio.