Web Services Policies
1. The Central State Homepage
The Central State homepage will welcome visitors and serve as an institutional direction-finder, as well as a focal point of contact to and from other related Web sites. It is intended to provide information that addresses our constituents and their needs and interests. Selected university operations will have Web sites that will be considered core to the Central State homepage. Such Web sites must to meet particular standards of design and organization. Electronic pages that support the university's mission may be linked to the Central State homepage and/or reside on university servers.
Other Central State Web Sites
University units (faculty, staff, and students therein) that wish to provide information via Web-enabled technology are encouraged to do so. Any academic unit, administrative unit, or individual considering the development of Web pages must clearly define the intent of that site, and, therefore, the resources and content required for it to accomplish associated goals.
2. Responsible Use
Contents of all electronic pages must be consistent with The Central State University's policies and local, state, and federal laws. This includes links to other pages or computers. Pages found to be inconsistent with such policies and/or laws may be disconnected from the university's homepage and other top level pages.
Anticipate Required Resources
3. Web Site Security
Web server software needs to be secured. Also, it is important to be aware, if writing executable code or CGI scripts for Web applications, that there are inherent security risks. Knowledgeable programmers should be tasked with reviewing, if not writing of, such code to prevent security problems. Web server equipment and operating systems that Web servers run on must to be secured by knowledgeable network administrators.
4. Web Site Content
(revised March 31, 2009)
All pages directly linked to the university's homepage must contain the following information:
5. ADA Compliance
Accessibility for all potential users (ADA compliant) must be implemented
when designing Web pages.
As with other university promotional and informational communications, advertising should be considered the exception and not the rule. Communication that is deemed to be central to the mission of the university and/or associated units should be subsidized accordingly.
Exceptions may be appropriate under these circumstances: the advertising is core to the purpose of the site (i.e., referrals to non-university services of particular interest to the constituent);
Additional advertising considerations include:
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