CODE OF CONDUCT

VITAL Code of Conduct

VITAL Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct (Acceptable Use Policy)

Internet access is required for all VITAL students, but access must be used in a responsible, safe, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. With expanded access to electronic information, availability of inappropriate material is not uncommon. Content on computers in schools is filtered but students may access content via other devices and off campus that is not filtered. It is impossible to control such misuses, but with responsible use, the benefits of the Internet as an educational tool outweigh the negatives. We consider parents our partners in teaching responsible Internet use.
Please review the following VITAL expectations carefully:
  • Students are responsible for good behavior on all school and provider networks. Computers should always be used in a way that shows consideration and respect. It is illegal to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language.
  • We take integrity and authenticity of student work very seriously. Do not cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content or the work of your online classmates. VITAL instructors do utilize technologies to check for authenticity. Copying, knowingly allowing others to copy from you, and/or misusing Internet content could result in removal from our courses.
  • It is illegal to create harmful computer viruses.
  • Email is not private. Never say anything via email that you wouldn't mind seeing on the school bulletin board or in the local newspaper.
  • Beware of emails from anyone, particularly adults you don’t know, asking for personal information, attempting to arrange meetings, or engaging in personal contact. Alert your teacher of any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Email with your online classmates should be course-related. It is prohibited to send unsolicited email to your online classmates.
  • Email addresses that use profanity or may be construed as offensive, shall not be permitted for VITAL correspondence. VITAL administration reserves the right to determine if student email addresses are inappropriate. When necessary, students will be asked to use an alternative email address or be refused for participation in VITAL courses.
  • Protect your password. Keep it secret from anyone except your parents.
  • VITAL is not responsible for any phone charges, line costs or usage fees for connectivity to the Internet.

VITAL and Putnam County Schools administrators will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through Internet access. In the event there is a claim that you have violated this policy, you will be provided with notice of the suspected violation and have an opportunity to present an explanation. Any violations may result in removal from VITAL course(s), as well as other disciplinary or legal action.

Bullying & Harassment
It is an expectation that all VITAL students and employees shall use all equipment and programs for the intended educational purpose. VITAL is committed to protecting its students and employees from bullying, harassment or inappropriate uses of VITAL computers or programs to participate in bullying behavior. Bullying and Harassmentwill not be tolerated and shall be just cause for disciplinary action.
Conduct that constitutes bullying or harassment, as defined herein, is prohibited.
Bullying, harassment, cyberstalking is defined as inflicting physical or psychological distress, communicating words, images or language using electronic mail or social media that causes emotional distress and for which there is no legitimate purpose.
Any action by a student or parent deemed inappropriate will be fully investigated by the appropriate school administrator.
Consequences for students for actions that violate the policy on bullying and harassment shall be determined by the administrative staff of VITAL and may include:
  • Student/teacher/parent conference
  • Suspension of email privileges
  • Removal from access to VITAL courses/Expulsion (TCA? 49-6-3401)

If you experience bullying or harassment in any form, please contact your Onsite Facilitator for assistance.