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Weaving a Secure Web Around Education: A Guide to Technology Standards and Security
  Table of Contents and Introductory Material
Chapter 1
  The Role of the World Wide Web in Schools and Education Agencies
Chapter 2
    Web Publishing Guidelines
Chapter 3
    Web-Related Legal Issues and Policies
Chapter 4
    Internal and External Resources for Web Development
Chapter 5
    Procuring Resources
Chapter 6
    Maintaining a Secure Environment
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Appendix E - 3: Policies and Procedures (Samples): Electronic Mail Policy

(Rhode Island Department of Education)

User Responsibilities

These guidelines are intended to help you make the best use of the electronic mail facilities at your disposal. You should understand the following:

The agency provides electronic mail to staff to enable them to communicate effectively and efficiently with other members of staff, other companies, and partner organizations.

When using the agency's electronic mail facilities you should comply with the following guidelines.

If you are in any doubt about an issue affecting the use of electronic mail, you should consult the IT Services Manager.

Any breach of the agency's Electronic Mail Policy may lead to disciplinary action.


  Graphic of Checkmark Do check your electronic mail daily to see if you have any messages.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do include a meaningful subject line in your message.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do check the address line before sending a message and check you are sending it to the right person.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do delete electronic mail messages when they are no longer required.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do respect the legal protections to data and software provided by copyright and licenses.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do take care not to express views that could be regarded as defamatory or libelous.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do use an "out of the office assistant" to automatically reply to messages when you are not available.


  Graphic of Checkmark Do not print electronic mail messages unless absolutely necessary.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not expect an immediate reply; the recipient might not be at their computer or could be too busy to reply straight away.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not forward electronic mail messages sent to you personally to others, particularly newsgroups or mailing lists, without the permission of the originator.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not use electronic mail for personal reasons.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not send excessively large electronic mail messages or attachments.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not send unnecessary messages such as festive greetings or other nonwork items by electronic mail, particularly to several people.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not participate in chain or pyramid messages or similar schemes. Do not represent yourself as another person.
  Graphic of Checkmark Do not use electronic mail to send or forward material that could be construed as confidential, political, obscene, threatening, offensive, or libelous.

Please note the following:

  • All electronic mail activity is monitored and logged.
  • All electronic mail coming into or leaving the Company is scanned for viruses.
  • All the content of electronic mail is scanned for offensive material.