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Acceptable Use Agreement

Acceptable Use Agreement The K-16 Education Center is pleased to offer online course components that will enrich your learning experience. Internet resources bring a new level of relevance, interactivity, and excitement to distance education. Our courses are designed to take full advantage of these resources.

It is our policy to create and maintain an environment that promotes legal and ethical behavior, in keeping with the standards of academic integrity and appropriate student discipline and conduct established by the University. Students, both in distance and campus class environments, are expected to obey and conduct themselves in accordance with the penal and civil statutes of the local, state, and federal government, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents, and University regulations and administrative rules.

Your participation in this course indicates your agreement to the policy set forth below. If you have any questions about this policy, you may discuss them with K-16 Education Center staff.

This policy explicitly excludes the following activities:

  • Using the K-16 Education Center online course network for any disruptive communications, such as “broadcast” messaging, whether commercial (“spam”) or non-commercial.
  • Searching for, obtaining, or tampering with confidential information belonging to other users, including, but not limited to, passwords, personal data, course submissions, and course grades. Students must respect the privacy rights of all network users.
  • Sharing with another user any confidential information belonging to other users or oneself. It is your responsibility to keep your password and personal information private.
  • Harassing or abusive behaviors. The University Catalog defines harassment as “conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent to create an objectively hostile environment that interferes with or diminishes the ability of an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the University.” Students will treat their instructors, fellow students, and support staff with the same level of respect accorded to the members of a physical classroom environment.
  • Redistributing any proprietary software obtained from the copyright holder. The University does not condone or accept responsibility for any misuse of proprietary software.
  • Engaging in any form of collusion or scholastic dishonesty. In the case of online course participation, scholastic dishonesty includes all forms of Internet plagiarism, such as the copying or use of copyrighted text or images. Students are not permitted to submit someone else’s work as if it were their own. If you perform Internet research as part of an assignment, you must give proper credit to the sources you find and use, according to your instructor’s specifications. The University of Texas at Austin does not accept responsibility for any conditions arising from a student’s failure to abide by these policies. Moreover, the University does not accept responsibility for any content contained in an external Internet source (such as a Web site or newsgroup) that is accessed by students in online courses, either as part of a course-related activity or as the result of a student’s own initiative.

Questions about this policy or any aspect of your distance learning experience may be directed to Educational Services at 1-512-232-5000 or 1-888-232-4723.

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