Hounslow Adult and Community Education

Virtual Learning Environment Acceptable Use Policy

 

 

Hounslow Adult and Community Education is pleased to offer staff and learners the use of the Moodle online learning environment. However, misuse of the site could have serious legal implications for users and for HACE. In order to use the platform you must agree to abide by the following rules.

 

You may not access, distribute or place on HACE's Moodle any material that

 

  • is illegal in the UK

  • is offensive, obscene or excessively violent (you are reminded that possession or distribution of pornographic material may be subject to criminal prosecution)

  • aims to encourage discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnic origin

  • encourages or facilitates illegal activities, such as those relating to drugs, terrorism, computer hacking and credit card fraud

  • is in breach of copyright owners' statutory rights (members of the HACE should not use the Internet to plagiarize the work of others, or post any content including images without the permission of the owner/correct licenses). Non-original content must be correctly attributed.

 

E-mail, messaging, blogging or chat must not be used to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person.

 

You are reminded that your use of the platform is logged, and records are kept of all your activities and contributions to the site. Learners should be aware that in addition to the site administrator, course leaders are able to directly access their learners' files. As with all public sites, you should not regard any of your activity as private or confidential.

 

If any tutor or learner suspects that an activity or collection of activities contravenes this policy, is criminal or is in breach of any other HACE regulation or procedure, then he/she should report the matter to their manager, in the case of tutors, or their tutor in the case of learners. In such circumstances HACE reserves the right to examine any or all activity logs, either current or stored, and the content of any recorded e-mails and use the results of such examinations in either internal disciplinary proceedings or criminal prosecutions.

 

[With thanks to Josephine Fraser, Leicestershire Information Learning Technology Project Group]