Senate Policy 904.1
1. Publishing a Web Page at Michgan Tech
Use of the World Wide Web, Internet, e-mail, and other electronic/computing communications is subject to existing University policies (e.g., harrassment, discrimination, etc.). Individuals, departments, colleges, schools, and student organizations should become familiar with University policies concerning the appropriate use of computers and the Michigan Tech network as well as applicable state and federal laws. This section provides helpful guidelines for anyone publishing a web page at Michigan Technological University.
1.1 Page Identification
All web pages on any server at Michigan Tech should identify who the page belongs to: administrative or academic unit, student organization or individual student, faculty or staff member.
1.2 Copyrighted materials
No one should place any materials owned by others (i.e., copyrighted works, trademarks or protected material) on a web page without the expressed permission of the owner. Examples are: cartoons, articles, photographs, songs, software, graphics scanned in from published works or other web pages. It is suggested to link to and give credit to a relevant web page rather than copy material from it.
Assume materials found on the World Wide Web are copyrighted unless a disclaimer or waiver is expressly stated. Questions regarding copyright and fair use should be directed to the J.R. Van Pelt Library. The Van Pelt Library web site has a copyright information page (on the web at www.lib.mtu.edu). Contact the Assistant Director for Research Services at 487-3208 or send e-mail to email@example.com for further assistance.
1.3 University Name and Logos
The complete name of the University is Michigan Technological University. It may be shortened to Michigan Tech. The names of the University and its accompanying visual marks have been licensed. By following the established guidelines, we can promote the University, what it stands for, and who it represents in a positive manner. We will also be able to maintain and control the respectability and credibility of the University and the quality of its reputation.
Organizations recognized by the University may use the name and symbols of the University on their web pages. Scanned versions of the symbols may suffer from poor quality, therefore image files should be downloaded directly from the logo download page (on the web at www.mtu.edu/wwwhelp). The logos may not be defaced, distorted or shown in parts nor should they be reduced so much that image details become broken. Other restrictions are covered in the Trademark Licensing Program (on the web at www.admin.mtu.edu/rgs/ip_tl).
Individuals may identify themselves as a student, alumnus or employee of Michigan Technological University; however, University symbols may not be used in such a way as to suggest that personal pages are official University pages, nor may University symbols be used in such a way as to imply sponsorship or endorsement. The University reserves the right to take action against any use that does not conform to this policy.
Individuals, organizations, and businesses not affiliated with the University may not use any of the registered symbols without prior written permission from the University. Apply for permission with the Intellectual Property Administration, Michigan Technological University, or call for more information at 906-487-2228.
1.4 Links to the Michigan Tech University Home Page
The Michigan Tech University Home Page is a gateway to the many WWW sites at Michigan Technological University. Responsibility for this page is shared by the departments of Information Technology and University Relations at Michigan Tech.
Web pages for administrative departments, academic departments, and recognized student organizations should be linked to this Michigan Tech Home Page. All these pages should have a contact person responsible for content and committed to keeping the web page up to date. Servers should be stable and kept running twenty-four hours a day.
Individual or personal pages will not be included as links from the Michigan Tech Home Page. Individual home pages of students, staff, and faculty may be linked within the structure of their department web pages.
1.5 Privacy of Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law which is designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. The Act prohibits the release of student data such as grades to persons other than authorized University officials without the student's written consent. A web page should not contain any student scores or grades in association with names, student identification numbers or portions thereof, or other personal identifiers. If scores or grades are posted, a code known only to the instructor and the individual student should be used.
At Michigan Technological University, the student information which is considered public or directory information is defined in the form of a Public Notice. Students may request that no directory information be released by completing a request through the Public Safety Office. The University's Associate Registrar is the custodian of student academic information and should be contacted at (906) 487-2320 for any questions.
For more information regarding privacy and confidentiality please visit the Office of Student Records and Registration website (on the web at www.admin.mtu.edu/em).
1.6 MTU Network Services
Reselling or redistributing network services provided by the Michigan Tech network to individuals or organizations not affiliated with Michigan Tech is not permitted.
For faculty and staff, policies regarding use of Michigan Tech facilities are described in the Michigan Tech Conflict of Interest Policy. Copies are available from the Conflict of Interest Coordinator or Research Services (contact at 487-2225).
1.7 Threats and other Prohibited Uses of Web Pages
Threatening another person is prohibited by University policy. This policy applies to electronic communications including web pages. Also web pages may not be used to commit fraudulent behavior, misappropriate someone else's identity or incite others to commit illegal acts.
1.8 Faculty, Staff and Student Home Pages
Subject to available resources, departments are encouraged to provide space for students, faculty and staff members to develop home pages. Use of the World Wide Web is a valuable educational and communication tool. However, all home pages are subject to all University policies and state and federal laws.
All policies for students documented in the Michigan Tech Student Handbook (on the web at www.mtu.edu/studenthandbook) apply to electronic communications including web pages. For students, failing to follow Michigan Tech policy can lead to discipline up to and including possible expulsion from the university. All policies for faculty documented in the Michigan Tech Faculty Handbook apply to electronic communications including web pages. For faculty and staff, failing to follow Michigan Tech policies can lead to discipline up to and including possible termination.
2. Departments and Organizations Publishing Web Pages at Michigan Tech
The functional requirements listed in this section are set to ensure that use of the Michigan Tech Web is as straightforward as possible for users without stifling creativity and the needs of individual departments.
2.1 Required for School, College and Department Web Pages
The term department below is understood to be any administrative or academic unit at Michigan Tech. The University Relations office should be contacted 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Michigan Tech web policy requires the following for department web pages:
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.
Note: department web pages should not give the appearance of endorsing commercial products or services.
2.2 Student Organizations
Any student organization registered with the Office of Student Affairs may have a home page linked to the Michigan Tech Home Page. All policies for student organizations documented in the Michigan Tech Student Handbook apply to electronic communications, including web pages.
3. Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998
As an Internet provider, it is the University's policy to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers as defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.
Adopted by Senate: November 4, 1998
Administration proposed amendments: January 25, 2000
Amendments adopted by Senate: January 26, 2000
Approved by President: February 17, 2000
Replaced MTU with Michigan Tech per university policy: 28 January 2014