What is an AUP?
An AUP, or Acceptable Use Policy, spells out what is appropriate use to technological devices in either a school or work place. Within the ever growing technological world we are currently living in, these AUPs can be one of the most important documents a school or business organization creates. These documents set standards of use, safeguard students, employees and employers from the dangers of online use.
An AUP should include a preamble (to define the purpose of the document) definitions section (to ensure all parties the document applies are clear on language used in the document), unacceptable use section, and a violations/sanctions section. In some cases the AUP is closely aligned with a organizations bullying and harassment policies.
Given the rapid advancement of technology in today’s society schools are having to revise these on a regular basis. They are also having to word these AUPs in a way that predicts the needs of the school, students, and faculty without restricting the use of new technologies that may come into public use prior to the next revision. Currently, my school district is revising the AUP for both staff and students to reflect more current mobile technology such as tablets and IPods.
Examples of Acceptable Use Policies
Winnisquam Regional School District – Located toward the end of the District Technology Plan
Concord School District. (2004, October 04). Concord School District Policy# 433: Acceptable Internet Use – Staff. Retrieved from http://concord.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/498203/File/School%20Board%20Charter%20&%20Policies/Policy%20433%20Acceptable%20Internet%20Use%20Staff.pdf?sessionid=91c4ff33f213dcc6bc00144a18cb61f1
Concord School District. (2004, October 04). Concord School District Policy# 542: Acceptable Internet Use – Students. Retrieved from http://concord.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/498203/File/School%20Board%20Charter%20&%20Policies/Policy%20542%20Internet%20Use%20-%20Students.pdf?sessionid=96dce1f51f5d80deaecfbb7da5273052
NH State Library. NH state library: Internet Acceptable Use Policy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/about/policy_internet.html
WRSD. (2006, July 14). Sau 59 Winnisquam Regional School District Technology Plan. Retrieved from http://www.winnisquam.k12.nh.us/technology/TechPlan2006-2009.pdf