Acceptable use policy
The purpose of this statement is to provide acceptable use policies
for the use of TIES Internet facilities and services.
TIES is a joint powers cooperative owned by its member Minnesota
school districts. It brings together technology and education to
create comprehensive, cutting-edge solutions for school
administrators, educators and students. In pursuit of this, TIES has
established a wide-area high speed network service that provides
access to its applications for its members and connection to other
international, national, regional, and state network resources for
all its members, customers and subscribers.
It is the policy of TIES to provide its customers access to the
broadest possible range of organizations connected to the Internet.
This is accomplished through connectivity to one or more state,
regional, or national backbone networks. Any traffic that exits TIES
networks and traverses the numerous other networks to which TIES is
directly or indirectly connected must conform to the acceptable use
policies governing those networks.
It is the responsibility of all organizations and individual users
• Use the TIES networks and its connected networks in a manner that
respects the proper functioning of those networks and their
supporting systems and the normal use of those facilities by others,
• Maintain use that is consistent with common ethical practice and
accepted community standards,
• Respect the privacy of other users, and not intentionally seek
information on, obtain copies of, or modify any files, data or
passwords belonging to other users without permission,
• Respect the legal protection provided by copyright, trademark and
license to programs, data, and documents,
• Minimize the use of non-authenticated or anonymous access accounts
and the transmission or distribution of data, messages or articles
from those accounts.
It is unacceptable to:
1. Use TIES network services and facilities for any purpose which
violates any applicable laws or regulations.
2. Transmit any communications where the meaning of the message or
the act of its transmission or distribution would likely cause
significant offense or threat to the recipient or recipients.
3. Use TIES services and facilities to interfere with or disrupt
other network users, services or equipment or compromise network
security. Such interference or disruption includes but is not
• Transmissions of any type or quantity that causes interference of
• Propagation of computer worms or viruses
• Wide-scale distribution of unsolicited advertising or transmission
of unsolicited messages to inappropriate forums, mailing lists or
• Use of the network to make unauthorized entry to or probing of
other computational, information or communications devices or
Enforcement and violations
All TIES customer organizations assume responsibility for providing
reasonable publicity for the TIES acceptable use policy at their
sites. TIES customers also assume responsibility for communicating
this policy to appropriate administrative authorities at all sites
connected to theirs via connections that are not directly supported
by TIES and over which transit is provided to TIES networks.
Ultimate responsibility for TIES policy conformance of traffic is
with the individual end-user who originates that traffic.
The Executive Management of TIES or their designee will review
alleged violations of the TIES acceptable use policy on a
case-by-case basis. TIES reserves to itself the right of
interpretation of these policies as applied to any individual
circumstance or situation. Violations of the policy, which are not
promptly remedied by the relevant organization or end-user, may
result in disciplinary action by TIES up to and including
termination of services and forfeiture of all fees paid.
TIES reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
Questions related to the TIES acceptable use policy should be
Director of Technical Services
1667 Snelling Ave. N.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Last modified: 2007-09-04
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