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Terms and Conditions

Users of EdZone agree to the Terms and Conditions set forth in this document. Moreover, users agree that access to EdZone is a privilege rather than a right and that they will abide by the decisions and instructions of the EdZone system administrators with regard to usage of the system. Many of these Terms and Conditions are specific, non-exclusive examples of misuse of the system. Generally, users agree to engage in activities which are legal, ethical and non-disruptive to others. Specifically, they agree to the following:

 
 

Eligibility

Current students, teachers, administrators, board members, faculty and staff of EdZone affiliated K-12 school systems, whether public, private, charter, or home, are eligible for an EdZone Internet account. Substitute teachers, volunteers and others may be granted an Internet account on a case-by-case basis. Parents are ineligible unless they qualify in one of the previous categories.

Appropriate Use

The use of EdZone must be consistent with the educational objectives of the user's local school district. The use of any other organizations' network and/or computing resources through EdZone must also comply with the rules and policy's appropriate to that network. Awareness and understanding of other organizations' rules and policies are the responsibility of the user. Use of the account to promote commercial activities is prohibited. Any fees, obligations or commitments for services accessed with the user's account will be the responsibility of the user, including the telephone call used to connect to the Internet. Users will adhere to the generally accepted guidelines for network etiquette, including, always using appropriate language, never threatening, abusing, or otherwise harassing other users. As the rules and guidelines for Network Etiquette change and evolve, users are responsible for understanding and abiding by those generally accepted rules of the Internet.

Copyrighted material

Copyrighted material must not be placed on any system connected to EdZone without the permission of the copyright holder. Users may not download copyrighted data, including digital music and software, without permission of the author.

Security and Behavior

If you can identify a security problem, you are required to notify the EdZone system administrators immediately. Do not demonstrate the problem to any users except as directed by the EdZone system administrators. Do not attempt to gain security codes, passwords, or other private information regarding another user or system. Do not share your security codes or passwords with anyone. Moreover, you shall not use another individual's account, nor shall you allow another person to use your account. Your EdZone account is for your personal use only, it is not a shared account for your family or organization. You are completely responsible for the actions taken with your EdZone account, whether by you or someone else. Therefore, keep your password a secret and change it often - especially if you think someone may know it. You are not to misrepresent yourself on the system in any way. Do not claim to be someone you are not. Any action by any user that is deemed by the EdZone system administrators to be a threat to the integrity of system will result in the loss of all privileges.

Vandalism

Vandalism will result in the cancellation of all system privileges. Vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm, destroy, or disrupt the operation of the network, hardware, software, or the data of any other user on this system or any other system. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading, creation, or knowing transmission of computer viruses. The system operators have complete discretion regarding any violation of this standard.

Warranty

While EdZone makes every effort to maintain an error free system, it makes absolutely no warranties of any kind, neither expressed nor implied, for the services it is providing. EdZone will not be responsible for any damages suffered or caused by any user. This includes, but is not limited to, any loss of data for any reason. Any and all use of any of the information obtained via the Internet or EdZone is at the user's own risk. EdZone specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy and/or quality of any information obtained through its Internet services. The user (or parent/guardian, if applicable) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless EdZone and its sponsors, including but not limited to their individual board members, agents, or employees from and against any claim, lawsuit, cause of action, damage judgement, or administrative complaint arising out of the use of EdZone hardware, software, and/or network facilities under this agreement.

Termination Of Account

A user may terminate his/her account on EdZone by contacting their EdZone representative or the EdZone registration office. There will be no refunds. The system administrators reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to suspend or terminate a user's access to and use of EdZone upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.

Privacy

While the system administrators make every effort to maintain and respect user's privacy, it may become necessary to monitor any or all activity with the user's EdZone account and to inspect and report any activity to proper authorities. Privacy is not guaranteed. Users should never reveal personal information.

Discipline

Violations of these Terms and Conditions may be turned over to the user's local school district for further disciplinary action and may result in temporary or permanent loss of Internet privileges. The status of the user's EdZone account will be determined by the EdZone administrators and/or local district administrators. Users should contact EdZone when they are notified of a policy violation. Violation of any of these Terms and Conditions may result in the loss of a user's EdZone account, without a refund.

E-Mail

Users will not send or forward chainmail or unsolicited advertising. Users will not send threatening, abusive, or harassing messages. Language in email messages should be appropriate. Email is for the exclusive use of the account holder - it is not to be used by others.

Review

EdZone is a privilege rather than a right and users will abide by the decisions and instructions of the system administrators with regard to usage of the system.
Use of the account to promote commercial activity is not allowed.
Users will be polite and use appropriate language. Furthermore, users will not use language that is intended, through context or spelling, to represent a curse word. For example, if "fissle" were a curse word, then "fi$$le", "phizzle" and "f!ssle" would be unacceptable.
Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to EdZone or any other system.
Users will not download copy protected data, including digital music and software, without permission of the author.
Users will not send or forward chain mail or unsolicited advertising.
Users will not access inappropriate or adult sites.
Users will change their password often and select good passwords (help is provided on-line).
Users will not let anyone else use their account - this includes the user's mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, girlfriend, boyfriend, mailman, and dentist. The user will be held responsible for actions taken with their account.
Users will not make links on their web page to inappropriate sites. All content placed on a users web page must be appropriate for an educational system.
If a user is unable to use their account, whether due to a change in eligibility status, violation of these Terms and Conditions, loss of local access, or some other reason, a refund will not be given.

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