General User Policy


    Franklin Towne Charter High School


    5301 Tacony Street  *   Box 310  *  Philadelphia, PA 19137-2308 *  (215)-289-5000 *  Fax: (215) 535-8910


    FTCHS Acceptable Use Policy For The Internet

    A.  Educational Purpose

    1.        Franklin Towne Charter High School Net has been established for a limited educational purpose.  The term “educational purpose” includes classroom activities, career development, and limited high-quality self-discovery activities.

    2.        Franklin Towne Charter High School has the right to place reasonable restrictions on the material you access or post through the Internet system.   You are also expected to follow the rules set forth in Franklin Towne Charter High School’s rules and regulations governing conduct, disciplinary code, and the law in your use of School Net.

    3.        You may not use Franklin Towne Charter High School Net for commercial purposes.  This means you may not offer, provide, or purchase products or services through Franklin Towne Charter High School Net.

    4.        You may not use Franklin Towne Charter High School Net for political lobbying.  You may use the system to communicate with elected representatives and to express your opinion on political issues.


    B.  Student Internet Access

    All students and staff will have access to the Internet World Wide Web information resources through their classroom, library, or school computer.


    C.  Personal Safety

    Because they pose a threat to the personal safety of students and staff, the following uses of Franklin Towne Charter High School Net are considered unacceptable:


    1.        A student will not post personal contact information about his/herself or other people.  Personal contact information includes your address, telephone number, school address, work address, etc.

    2.        A student will not agree to meet with someone he/she has met online.

    3.        Students and staff will promptly disclose to their teacher (or supervisor) any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.


    D.  Illegal Activities  

    1.         Students and staff will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to Franklin Towne Charter High School Net, to any other computer system through School Net, or go beyond his/her authorized access.  This includes attempting to log in through another person’s account or access another person’s files.  These actions are illegal, even if only for the purposes of “browsing.”

    2.        Students and staff will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means.  These actions are illegal.

    3.        Students and staff will not use Franklin Towne Charter High School Net to engage in any other illegal act, such as arranging for a drug sale or the purchase of alcohol, engaging in criminal gang activity, threatening the safety of a person, etc.


    E.  System Security

    1.        You are responsible for your individual account and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to use your account.  Under no conditions should you provide your password to another person.

    2.        You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a possible security problem.  Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to gain access.

    3.        You will avoid the inadvertent spread of computer viruses by following the Franklin Towne Charter High School virus protection procedures if you download software.

    4.        The System Administrator reserves the right to delete user accounts that are not logged on or otherwise used for one year.

    5.        You will avoid keeping an online session open when you leave your computer.


    F.  Inappropriate Language

    Restrictions against inappropriate language apply to public messages, private messages, and material posted on Web pages, “you-tube”, “myspace”, “facebook”, text messaging, emails, voice messages, and any other internet related resource.

    1.        You will not use obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening, or disrespectful language.

    2.        You will not post information that could cause damage or a danger of disruption.

    3.        You will not engage in personal attacks, including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

    4.        You will not harass another person.  Harassment is defined as persistently acting in a manner that distresses or annoys another person.  If you are told by a person to stop sending those messages, you must stop.

    5.        You will not knowingly or recklessly post false or defamatory information about a person or organization.


    G.  Respect for Privacy

    1.        You will not re-post a message that was sent to you privately without permission of the person who sent you the message.

    2.        You will not post private information about another person.


    H.  Respecting Resource Limits

    1.        You will use the system only for educational and career development activities and limited, high-quality, self-discovery activities.  There is no limit on use for education and career development activities

    2.        You will not download large files, unless absolutely necessary. 

    3.        You will not post chain letters or engage in “spamming.”  Spamming is sending an annoying or unnecessary message to a large number of people.

    4.        You will check your e-mail frequently, delete unwanted messages promptly, and stay within your e-mail quota.

    5.        You will subscribe only to high quality discussion group mail lists that are relevant to your education or career development.


    I.  Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

    1.        You will not plagiarize works that you find on the Internet.  Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writing of others and presenting them as if they were yours.

    2.        You will respect the rights of copyright owners.  Copyright infringement occurs when you inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright.  If a work contains language that specifies appropriate use of that work, you should follow the expressed requirements.  If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should request permission from the copyright owner.  Copyright law can be very confusing.  If you have questions ask a teacher.

    3.        Franklin Towne Charter High School abides by the following statement on software and intellectual rights distributed by EDUCOM, a non-profit consortium of colleges and universities committed to the use and management of information technology in high education:

    4.        “Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise.  This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media.  It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgement, right to privacy and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publications and distribution.

    5.        Because electronic information is volatile and easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression or others is especially critical in computer environments.  Violations of authorial integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violations, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community.”


    J.  Inappropriate Access to Material

    1.        You will not use Franklin Towne Charter High School Net to access material that is profane or obscene (pornography), that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people (hate literature).  A special exception may be made, if the purpose of your access is to conduct research and both your teacher and parent have approved.

    2.        If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately tell your teacher.  This will protect you against a claim that you have intentionally violated this policy.

    3.        Parents should inform you if there is additional material that they think would be inappropriate for you to access. Franklin Towne Charter High School expects that you will follow your parent’s instructions in this matter.


    K.   Limitation of Liability

    1.        Franklin Towne Charter High School makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through Franklin Towne Charter High School Net will be error-free or without defect.  The School will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service.  The School is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system.  The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.