Web Standards & Policies
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» Introduction and Purpose
Introduction and Purpose
The California State University Stanislaus Web Standards have been developed to improve usability, content management, and institutional branding through consistency in design, navigation structure, and functionality.
The University's Web site is one of the most visible and important ways through which we communicate with all of our audiences. Along with printed materials and publications, the pages within the CSU Stanislaus Web site create impressions about the University.
The following standards and templates for CSU Stanislaus Web sites have been developed to complement the standards for print media. This guide is for all Web developers and designers who create or maintain CSU Stanislaus Web sites, as well as for content managers of microsites and Web pages.
Legal and Policy Issues
Campus Web sites must comply with all university policies, rules, and regulations, and local, state, and federal laws. The primary campus policies applying to Web sites are provided through the Web Publishing Policy and Use of CSU Stanislaus Computing and Network Resources (pdf).
Use of Copyrighted Materials
Written permission will be obtained for use of copyrighted materials, with the clear understanding on the part of the copyright holder that these materials will be used on the Web. This applies to the use of text, logos, photographs, drawings, video clips, sound clips, or other copyrighted materials.
Official University Web Sites
Official University Web sites are defined as Web sites or Web pages created by CSU Stanislaus entities including, but not limited to, its colleges, schools, departments, research centers, and administrative offices and purporting to represent the University.
Unofficial "Courtesy" Web Sites
As resources allow, unofficial - or "courtesy" - pages may be accommodated within the University's Web network. Such pages might include pages developed by individual students and university personnel, and pages representing student clubs, unions, and other groups. All such pages shall include the name and e-mail address of the individual responsible for managing it. Such pages may be removed from university computing resources at any time if, in the determination of the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, their content is inappropriate or if, in the determination of the Office of Information Technology, their activity hampers official university activities. The use of official university graphic elements - including logos, seals, and other identifying marks – is allowed as long as the graphic standards are adhered to.