Internet Acceptable Use PolicyCarmen Natrin


An Acceptable Use Policy:
  • is a document that allows a business, a school district, to outline the rights and the responsibilities of its network;
  • is a document outlining the terms and conditions for internet use, by defining in clear terms, access privileges, online behavior, and the consequences for violating those rules;
  • represents the law for an effective Digital citizenship and for a smooth "traveling" process on the digital "road"
  • is the code of conduct for the behavior displayed online;
  • is meant to protect the individuals involved

    Wordle: AUP


Acceptable Use Policy Components
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a properly designed acceptable use policy should include the following:
  • Individual rights regarding access to the system and to resources obtained through use of the system.
  • Individual responsibilities with regard to the system, its contents and connections obtained through the system.
  • Rights of the organization relating to the system and access.
  • Organizational responsibilities.
Other sources have a different criteria of the AUPs structure: preamble, a definition section, a policy statement, an acceptable uses section, a violations/sanctions section.

What is an AUP anyway?


More Resources:
AUP Guide

AUPs: purpose, importance
Examples of AUP Documents

Acceptable Use Policies for Internet Use (2010). Media Awareness Network. Retrieved from
Getting Getting Started on the Internet: Developing an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) (2011). Education World. Retrieved from
Patterson J (1999) Acceptable Use Policies. Bloomington School District IL. Retrieved from
Warning: This Computer is Monitored. Retrieved from