Requirements

The Web team is committed to helping produce websites that meet legal requirements and policies of the university. Included below are links to the sources of relevant requirements.  The Web team members are not experts on the laws or policies and do not enforce them. You are responsible for the content on your website.

Adherence to the Information Security Office Data Classification Standard and Minimum Security Standards for Application Development and Administration and the university’s Web Privacy Policy, which includes the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is expected on all university websites. If using student images or information, contact the public relations staff in your department for a student release form or create your own from this example (PDF 34kb).  Qualtrics can be used to create accessible online forms including automatic email notifications.

We must adhere to the legal statutes and policies outlined in the university’s Web Accessibility Policy. We provide some technical instruction to help content writers meet the American’s with Disabilities Web accessibility requirements.

Copyright materials, trademarks and other intellectual property may not be used without permission. Be aware of university trademarks and licensing. For a quick tutorial visit the sample of what not to do with university trademarks.

Adhere to the style guides for your department, the College of Fine Arts Visual Style Guide, and the university Brand Guide that includes the Writer’s Style Guide.

External services are hosted by third party vendors and store your content on servers outside of university control. Read the Information Security Office’s Cloud Services guide on the risks of data mining, advertising, security, privacy and reliability before utilizing these services.

If you are aware of any additional requirements please bring them to our attention.

Learn More

We recommend taking The Copyright Crash Course, visiting the university’s Compliance Services References and Resources list, and Chief Information Officer’s IT Policies, Standards, and Guidelines. Before using any online services provided outside of the university read the Information Security Office’s Cloud Services wiki.

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