Student Code of Conduct
Internet access is required for all students at Michigan Online School. Our goal is to ensure that such access is used in a way that is responsible, safe, ethical and legal. While websites hosting inappropriate content do exist, we believe that with responsible use, the benefits of the Internet as an educational tool outweigh the drawbacks. We especially advocate partnering with parents to teach responsible Internet use.
Michigan Online School Internet Use Policy
- Students are responsible for good behavior when using both the MOS network and the Internet in general, just as they would be in both a traditional school building and outside in the community. Always use a computer in a way that shows consideration and respect. It is a violation of this policy, and in some cases illegal, to use obscene, profane, threatening, or disrespectful language.
- Ethical behavior, academic integrity and authenticity of student work are taken very seriously at MOS. Do not cut, copy, or plagiarize Internet content or the work of your online classmates. MOS instructors have a number of methods to verify the authenticity and originality of student work. Copying, knowingly allowing others to copy from you, or misusing Internet content could result in removal from MOS courses.
- Security is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you identify a security problem in the school's computers, network, or Internet connection, notify a teacher or system administrator immediately.
- It is illegal to create computer viruses, even if they are not inherently harmful.
- Email is not private. Never say anything via email that you would not want to see on the school bulletin board or in the local newspaper.
- Beware of emails from anyone, particularly people you don't know mentioning supposed connections or relationships, asking for personal information, attempting to arrange meetings, or engaging in personal contact. Alert your teacher or other Michigan Online School employee of any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
- Email with your online classmates should be course-related. MOS prohibits sending unsolicited email to your online classmates.
- Email addresses that contain profanity or other inappropriate content will not be permitted for MOS correspondence. MOS administration reserves the right to determine if student email addresses are appropriate. If necessary, students may be asked to use an alternative email address.
- Protect your password. Keep it secret from everyone except your parents.
- Michigan Online School assumes no responsibility for any phone charges, line costs or usage fees for connectivity to the Internet.
Michigan Online School 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 of a suspected violation of this policy, the student will be provided with notice of the suspected violation and have an opportunity to present an explanation. Any violations may result in removal from MOS course(s), as well as other disciplinary or legal action.