• Computer Use Policy

    Students who take online classes are expected to follow the AAPS district computer use policy and guidelines.  Students and families should not assume privacy with regard to equipment, programs, software, or communications while taking one of our courses. 


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    Digital Citizenship

    It is a goal of AAPS to develop good Digital Citizens that can make decisions and operate technology with appropriate and responsible use. At all times, while using district technology resources, students and staff shall demonstrate appropriate and responsible use in the themes of Digital Citizenship.


    Technology Equipment & Computer Files

    • District computers in public areas are for the use of all AAPS users. Some computers may be
    restricted to certain user groups.
    • Computer files are personal property. Get the owner’s permission before opening, moving, deleting
    or duplicating the computer files of others. Do not attempt to “hack” or otherwise alter programs or
    files that you do not own.
    • Staff have the right to view any data that is stored electronically by students on a district
    workstation or fileserver.
    • District fileservers and workstations are subject to FOIA requests.
    • Back up school-related or professional files to the district internal storage server.
    • Individuals are responsible for backing up personal files on a personal storage device.
    • Files could disappear accidentally, and the district is not responsible.
    • Privacy of files is not guaranteed.
    • Storage limits are determined by the district and are subject to change.

    Copyrighted Information

    • Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to
    the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and

    certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished
    works. The district shall adhere to the provisions of U.S. Copyright Law including fair use.
    • Refer to http://copyright.gov/


    Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism


    • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
    • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
    • to commit literary theft
    • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

    Students who aid or abet another student through sharing work or material will be considered accessorial and equally guilty of academic dishonest. 

    Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty is an action level 1 or 2 offense in the Ann Arbor Public Schools Rights and Responsibility Handbook
    Responses to evidence of plagiarism could include:
    • Communication to Parent or Guardian
    • The assignment could incur a grade penalty
    • Multiple offenses could result in the student earning a grade of "E" for the course. 
    • A referral will become part of the students permanent record
    • Conference with Staff, Parent/Guardian and Student
    • Exclusion from taking future online courses
    • One-to-Five-Day Suspension

    Consequences of Inappropriate Use of Technology Equipment 

    • Violations of the AAPS AUP, including all guidelines referred to above, may result in restrictions, 
    suspension or revocation of electronic use privileges by the Director of Technology or designee. 
    • Users violating any of these privileges and responsibilities may face additional disciplinary action 
    as appropriate. 
    • Appeals may be made according to the Rules and Regulations of the AAPS.

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 

    FERPA protects the privacy of student education records and gives parents rights to review student 
    records. Under FERPA, schools may disclose directory information (name, phone, address, grade 
    level, etc...) but parents may request that the school not disclose this information. 

    1. The school will not publish confidential educational records (grades, student ID #, etc...) for 
    public viewing on the Internet. 

    2. The school may publish student work and photos for public viewing but will not publish student 
    last names or other personally identifiable information. 

    3. Parents may request that photos, names and general directory information about their children 
    not be published. 

    4. Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child’s email and Apps for 
    Education files. 

    Acceptable Use of the Computing Environment for Staff and Students