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Guest personal web pages

Other special purpose pages

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Web Standards

Web standards help ensure that Michigan Tech presents accurate information and a consistent image.

Michigan Tech Home Page (www.mtu.edu/)

The University’s home page serves many purposes. It is often the first glimpse that people get of Michigan Tech. It is a gateway to information that will help people enroll in, communicate with, and learn about the University. It is a place for people to plan their visit to Michigan Tech. It also is a place for friends, community members, and alumni to connect.

Although many believe their sites are appropriate to be listed on the Michigan Tech home page, we must use it for recruitment, marketing, and informational purposes that benefit the entire campus. For these reasons, personal and organizational pages will not be linked to the Michigan Tech home page.

For questions regarding the Michigan Tech home page, contact University Marketing and Communications.

Department Home Pages

The term department is understood to be any administrative, academic, or research unit at Michigan Tech. In an effort to help departments present a consistent image, while allowing for departmental identity, the following components must be placed on all department Web pages.

  • A link back to the main Michigan Tech home page (www.mtu.edu/). This will allow users who enter the Michigan Tech Web space via a department page to easily get to the main Michigan Tech home page.
  • A custom department banner. This insures that Web pages become part of Michigan Tech’s integrated marketing effort. Custom banners can be found at www.mtu.edu/banners/.
  • Contact information. At a minimum include a telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail contact.

University Marketing and Communications creates the custom department banners and maintains a Web page (www.admin.mtu.edu/urel/webresources/) of guidelines and resources to help departments learn about best practices. Contact University Marketing and Communications to review new department home pages for consistency of message and readability. Send e-mail with the URL's of pages to be reviewed to the Michigan Tech webmaster (webmaster@mtu.edu).

Department Resource Pages

Department resource pages are links from the department home page that include news, research groups and centers, information, academic programs, outreach, personnel, projects, facilities, events, and societies.

The following components must be found on department resource and project pages.

  • A link back to the main Michigan Tech home page (www.mtu.edu/).
  • A link to related departmental Web pages. For example, links on each page back to the home page of the department will help users navigate to any part of the departmental Web site.
  • Integrated marketing. Pages linked from the department home page must display the small Michigan Tech logo (108 x 20 pixels) in the upper left corner of the page. The logo page for Web use is found at http://www.mtu.edu/idstandards/downloads/logos/. For more information on Michigan Tech logos see Section 2.1.
  • Contact information. At a minimum, include a telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail contact.

Academic Course Information Pages

Some academic departments provide Web space for courses, which instructors use to provide students with information as a supplement to other class materials. Any course material supplied on department Web servers must provide security for restricted material, student grades, and student identification numbers.

The Department of Information Technology and the Office of Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development provide a central course Web server (http://courses.mtu.edu/) that may be used by any course instructor. The course management software on this server requires students to log in; thus, it provides security for student grades and student communication, as well as access protection for copyrighted material.

Student Organization Pages

All policies in the Michigan Tech Student Handbook for student organizations apply to electronic communications, including Web pages. The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) maintains a master page listing cultural and sports clubs, professional and political societies, and other organizations.

Some organizations and professional societies with a strong tie to an academic area may be provided Web space on the Web server of an academic department. Any student organization registered with the Office of Student Affairs that does not have Web space on a department server may have Web space on the Michigan Tech Student Organization server (www.sa.mtu.edu/stulife/stuorg/). The Department of Information Technology and the Undergraduate Student Government jointly support this server.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Personal Web Pages

Subject to available resources, departments are encouraged to provide space on department Web servers for faculty, staff, and student members to develop Web pages. The Conflict of Interest Policy (www.admin.mtu.edu/admin/boc/policy/ch3/ch3p13.htm), Computer Use Policy (www.cec.mtu.edu/cacsec/info/), and all policies documented in the Michigan Tech Faculty Handbook, Michigan Tech Staff Handbook, and the Michigan Tech Student Handbook apply to electronic communications, including Web pages. (Also see Sections 2.1–2.8)

Michigan Tech department Web servers may not be used for any purpose unrelated to Michigan Tech or to support any organizations unrelated to Michigan Tech. For research, consulting and other professional endeavors, the Michigan Tech Conflict of Interest Policy includes guidelines for use of University facilities and requires disclosure of outside activities. If there is any question about appropriate use of a department Web server, contact the department head.

Personal Web pages, which are sometimes termed "unofficial Web pages" and not maintained by the department, must identify the responsible owner. Any departments that provide a master page of links to personal pages of students, faculty or staff, must display the following disclaimer:

This is to notify you that the material you are accessing is not an official Web page of Michigan Technological University or the xx department. Michigan Tech is not responsible, and hereby disclaims all liability for any data, information, or opinions contained in unofficial Web pages. Any comments related to the contents of personal home pages should be directed to the author of the pages.

Guest Personal Web Pages

A guest is defined as anyone who has a Web page hosted on an Michigan Tech Web server but who is not a current employee or student. For example, some departments host Web pages for former computer consultants.

The Michigan Tech Computer Use Policy (www.cec.mtu.edu/cacsec/info/) and all policies documented in the Michigan Tech Faculty Handbook, Michigan Tech Staff Handbook, and the Michigan Tech Student Handbook apply to electronic communications, including Web pages hosted for guests. Further, guest personal Web pages must include identification of the responsible owner. If a department maintains a master page of links to guest pages, the disclaimer from the above section should be given.

Other Special Purpose Pages

Special purpose pages are any other Web pages not mentioned in an above category. Some examples are pages for professional societies, position searches, Webcam views of the Michigan Tech Campus, event pages such as for Winter Carnival, and special projects such as the North Central Association Accreditation initiative. Special purpose pages are subject to all applicable University policies.

The following standard components must be found on all special purpose pages.

  • Identification. Pages should clearly identify who is responsible for the content.
  • Contact information. At a minimum, there should be an e-mail contact.
  • Footnote. Add “Hosted by Michigan Tech” and link these words back to the Michigan Tech home page.

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