Computer-Internet Acceptable Conduct & Use Agreement

Please Note: When a student signs the agreement individually or in a handbook, it is also referring to this Academy policy. The Federal Law Appendix at the bottom of this document. Starting with the 2007-2008 school year, this agreement is included in the student handbooks for the Upper and Middle Schools.

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Please return this agreement, signed by student and parent, to your homeroom teacher.  

Woodward Academy provides a wide array of technology resources for student use.  This agreement, along with the student handbook for each school, outlines appropriate use and prohibited activities when using technology resources. Every student is expected to follow all guidelines stated below, as well as those given orally by the staff, and to demonstrate good citizenship and ethical behavior at all times.

In accepting this agreement, students acknowledge the following rules and conditions:

As a Woodward Academy student, I understand that my school network and email accounts are owned by the Academy and are not private.  Woodward Academy has the right to access my information at any time.


I will use computers in conformity with laws of the United States and the State of Georgia. Violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Criminal Acts – These include, but are not limited to, “hacking” or attempting to access computer systems without authorization, harassing email, cyberstalking, child pornography, vandalism, and/or unauthorized tampering with computer systems. (A list of Federal statutes from the United States Department of Justice is below as Appendix A).
  2. Libel Laws - Publicly defaming people through the published material on the internet, email, etc…
  3. Copyright Violations - Copying, selling or distributing copyrighted material without the express written permission of the author or publisher (users should assume that all materials available on the Internet are protected by copyright), engaging in plagiarism (using other's words or ideas as your own).


  1. I understand that passwords are private. I will not allow others to use my account name and password, or try to use that of others.
  2. I will be polite and use appropriate language in my email messages, online postings, and other digital communications with others.  I will not use profanity, vulgarities or any other inappropriate language as determined by school administrators.
  3. I will use email and other means of communications (e.g. blogs, wikis, chat, instant-messaging, discussion boards, etc.) responsibly. I will not use computers, cell phones, personal digital devices or the Internet to send or post hate or harassing mail, make discriminatory or derogatory remarks about others, or engage in bullying, harassment, or other antisocial behaviors either at school or at home.
  4. I understand that I am an Ambassador for the school in all my online activities.  I understand that what I do on social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook should not reflect negatively on my fellow students, teachers, or on Woodward Academy.  I understand that I will be held responsible for how I represent myself and my school on the Internet.
  5. I understand that masquerading, spoofing, or pretending to be someone else is forbidden. This includes, but is not limited to, sending out e-mail, creating accounts, or posting messages or other online content (e.g. text, images, audio or video) in someone else's name as a joke.
  6. I will use Academy computer resources responsibly. I will not retrieve, save, or display hate-based, offensive or sexually explicit material using any of WA's computer resources. I am responsible for not pursuing material that could be considered offensive. I understand that I am to notify an adult immediately if by accident I encounter materials which violate appropriate use.
  7. I will use WA technology resources productively and responsibly for school-related purposes. I will not use any technology resource in such a way that would disrupt the activities of other users.
  8. I will not attempt to bypass security settings or Internet filters, or interfere with the operation of the network by installing illegal software, shareware, or freeware on school computers.
  9. I understand that vandalism is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to modifying or destroying equipment, programs, files, or settings on any computer or other technology resource.
  10. I will respect the intellectual property of other users and information providers. I will obey copyright guidelines. I will not plagiarize or use other’s work without proper citation and permission.
  11. I will not use or access files, software, or other resources owned by others without the owner’s permission. I will use only those school network directories that are designated for my use or for the purpose designated by my teacher.
  12. I will follow all guidelines set forth by the Academy and/or my teachers when publishing schoolwork online (e.g. to a website, blog, wiki, discussion board, podcasting or video server).
  13. I understand the Internet is a source for information that is both true and false; and that the school is not responsible for inaccurate information obtained from the Internet.
  14. I understand that Woodward Academy administrators will deem what conduct is inappropriate use if such conduct is not specified in this agreement. 
  15. I agree to abide by all Internet safety guidelines* that are provided by the school and to complete all assignments related to Internet safety.


I understand and will abide by the above Acceptable Use Agreement. Should I commit a violation, I understand that consequences of my actions could include suspension of computer privileges, school disciplinary action including Discipline Board/Committee action, a referral to the Honor Council, and/or referral to law enforcement.

Student Signature: __________________________________________   Date ______________________

Parent or Guardian:

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Acceptable Conduct and Use Agreement. I understand that computer access is provided for educational purposes in keeping with the academic goals of Woodward Academy, and that student use for any other purpose is inappropriate. I recognize it is impossible for Woodward Academy to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold the school responsible for materials acquired on the school network. I understand that children’s computer activities at home should be supervised as they can affect the academic environment at school. I hereby give permission for my child to use computer resources at Woodward Academy, including web or internet based services provided by other companies or institutions which have been approved by Woodward Academy for student use.

I hereby give permission for my child to use computer resources at Woodward Academy.

Parent or Guardian's Name (please print)___________________________________________________

Parent or Guardian's Signature __________________________________   Date ____________________



Appendix A – (Modified for WA)
Unlawful Online Conduct and Applicable Federal Laws

The chart below details the type of unlawful online conduct, potentially applicable federal laws, and the section of the Department of Justice with subject-matter expertise. If the subject matter expert is not a section of the Department, but rather another agency, the entry will have an asterisk following its initials.  In many cases, prosecutors may also consider whether the conduct at issue is a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2 (aiding and abetting) or 18 U.S.C. § 371 (conspiracy).


Unlawful Conduct
Applicable Federal Law
DOJ Section

Denial of Service Attacks

18 U.S.C. § 1030 (a)(5)(A) (transmission of program, information, code, or command, resulting in damage)


18 U.S.C. § 1362 (interfering with government communication systems)


Use of Misleading Domain Name

18 U.S.C. § 2252B (using misleading domain name with intent to deceive a person into viewing obscene material or with intent to deceive a minor into viewing harmful material)


Password Fraud

18 U.S.C. § 1030 (a)(6) (trafficking in computer passwords)


18 U.S.C. § 1029 (access device fraud)


18 U.S.C. § 1343 (wire fraud)



47 U.S.C. § 223(a)(1)(A) (using telecommunications device to make, create, or solicit, and transmit any obscene comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication)


18 U.S.C. § 1465 (using interactive computer service for purpose of sale or distribution of obscene material)


Piracy and Intellectual Property Theft

17 U.S.C. §§ 1201-1205 (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)


17 U.S.C. § 506 and 18 U.S.C. § 2319 (criminal copyright infringement)


18 U.S.C. § 2319A (trafficking in recordings of live musical performances)


Electronic Threats

18 U.S.C. § 875 (transmitting communications containing threats of kidnap or bodily injury) (Hobbs Act)


18 U.S.C. § 1951 (interfering with commerce by robbery, extortion, threats or violence) (Hobbs Act)


47 U.S.C. § 223 (a)(1)(C) (anonymously using telecommunications device to threaten person who receives communication)


Electronic Harassment

47 U.S.C. § 223 (a)(1)(C) (anonymously using telecommunications device to harass person who receives communication)


47 U.S.C. § 223 (a)(1)(E) (repeatedly initiates communication with a telecommunication device solely to harass person who receives communication)


Interception of Electronic Communications

18 U.S.C. § 2511 (intercepting electronic communications)


18 U.S.C. § 2701 (accessing stored communications)


18 U.S.C. § 1030 (a)(2) (accessing a computer and obtaining information)



18 U.S.C. § 2261A (using any facility of interstate or foreign commerce to engage in a course of conduct that places person in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury to person, person's spouse or immediate family) See also Electronic Harassment


Hate Crimes

Look to civil rights laws and penalty enhancements

Civil Rights


Look to civil laws


Posting Personal Information on a Website (e.g., phone numbers, addresses)

This is not a violation of law. May also be protected speech under First Amendment.


Invasion of Privacy

See Interception of Electronic Communications


Disclosure of Private Information

18 U.S.C. § 2511 (1)(c) (disclosing intercepted communications)



18 U.S.C. § 1037 (CAN-SPAM Act)


Spoofing Email Address

18 U.S.C. § 1037 (CAN-SPAM Act)