School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Itís my understanding that if no policy is in place, and the search is
>performed, the school would be put in a legally precarious position. I
>would rather let all know that the school reserves the right to search
>the schoolís computers, although this may be implicitly understood.
The school owns the computing resources much like the school owns the
lockers used by students. The courts have upheld the school's right to
perform random searches of lockers so I suspect the courts would uphold
the right of the school to police its network. At the two schools where I
work, I make a regular practice of searching student's home directories
looking for contraband such as MP3's and other types of inappropriate
content. If I find anything inappropriate, I report it to the building
administrator and appropriate disciplinary action is initiated based upon
the nature and severity of the infraction.
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
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