Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

  1. Please understand that all End Users are responsible for following the District's Acceptable Use Policy in its entirety at all times when accessing any District computer system or network. The District’s Acceptable Use Policy may be found online at: LAUSD AUP
  2. Each LAUSD user is assigned his own or her own account. Your account has a profile that is customized for you, so that you have access only to the systems, functions, and data that you need in your work. Sharing your account with someone else is not appropriate, because anything they would do is under your name, and they may get access to something that they should not or make mistakes that may be attributed to you.
  3. Logging into and out of any LAUSD system should be done by the same process each time. Here are some tips when you logoff or leave your workstation:
    • Always logoff rather than simply closing the browser.
    • Avoid leaving your computer logged in if you are going to be away from it for more than a few minutes. As unlikely as it may seem, someone else could potentially walk up to your computer and begin doing things in the system under your account.
    • On Windows systems, you can use Ctrl-Alt-Del command and lock your system when leaving your desk to ensure unauthorized access.
  4. Information downloaded from any system to your local computer or to paper is just as sensitive as it is while in the system. Please treat it with care.
  5. Avoid using email or other "non-secure" methods to share data. If you feel you absolutely need to share data by email, please consult the ITD Security Office for guidance on how to do so securely.
  6. Password construction is very important, because the District is regularly being attacked by hackers who can run programs to "guess" common passwords, or passwords that are based on common words. Though we have other security mechanisms in place that would hopefully prevent attackers from successfully guessing your password, we cannot assume that they won't succeed.
  7. The new District standards for creating a new password require at least 8 characters, including letters and at least two numbers, and cannot contain the user name. Passwords should not be written down if it is avoidable.
    • When Choosing a Password: Don't use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed
    • Don’t use common passwords such as password1 or aaaa1234
    • Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords
    • Use both lowercase and capital letters
    • Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters
    • Use different passwords on different systems
    • In protecting your password: Avoid writing it down and leaving it in your desk, next to your computer, or, worse, taped to your computer
    • Don't tell anyone your passwords, and watch for attackers trying to trick you through phone calls or email messages requesting that you reveal your passwords
    • Avoid the option of "remembering" your password in any program
    • Always remember to log out when you are using a public computer (at the library, an Internet cafe, or even a shared computer at your office).

Note: There's no guarantee that these techniques will prevent an attacker from learning your password, but they will make it more difficult. By continuing to the next screen, you acknowledge that you are responsible for adhering to the District’s Acceptable Use Policy at all times when accessing or using any District computer system or network.