System User Application and Agreement The Southeastern Ohio Voluntary Education Cooperative Read the following carefully before signing; this is a legally binding document. 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 network. 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. System User Application and Agreement Page 2 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 accounts. 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 network. 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. System User Application and Agreement Page 3 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 unacceptable. 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: ____/____/____ System User Application and Agreement Page 4 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: ____/____/____ ************************************************************************** APPLICATION PORTION OF DOCUMENT 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.