Policy for Individual Faculty Webpages
Weinberg grants faculty members the right to create personal research- and teaching-focused sites within the limit of available resources. Access to the Weinberg shared web server resources is a privilege, and it is provided with an expectation of responsible and acceptable use. Users who create personal web pages must follow all Northwestern University policies, and local, state, and federal laws.
Personal pages represent the views and opinions of their authors only. It is necessary to distinguish between the official Weinberg/department websites, which represent the university, and personal web pages, which may contain individual opinions and other content not related to the university.
Your Weinberg server account is for NU teaching and research purposes only. Your account can be suspended, and disciplinary action may be taken, if you use your personal site for commercial purposes.
Principles and Guidelines
The specific principles and guidelines include, but are not limited to the following:
- Authorized users are those individuals for whom the NetId has been approved for this purpose. The NetId and password combination is your identity and license to access and use the Weinberg web server space for which you are specifically authorized. See Technical Guidelines for more information.
- Authorized users will abide by institutional policies along with applicable local, state and federal regulations. Please see additional information about use of your NetId and password on the NUIT site.
- Authorized users are responsible for the accuracy of the information published on their personal pages.
- Weinberg does not actively monitor or generally restrict the content of materials published on the faculty personal pages. However, the use of Weinberg resources is a privilege and not a public forum. Therefore, Weinberg reserves the right to restrict or deny usage of the web server space when such usage does not support the mission of Northwestern University and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
- All personal pages should include:
- The author's name (e.g., "Created by: Author")
- The 'last modified' date
- A link to the Weinberg Personal Page Disclaimer (below)
- Users must adhere to legal and ethical standards governing copyright and intellectual property. Some relevant links are listed below.
- Webpages that advocate hate, hostility, or violence, or contain offensive material, will be referred to the Dean’s Office for review.
- Be aware of privacy issues. Don't publish an individual's contact information or photo on your web site unless you obtain written permission (through a release form, below) beforehand.
- Be respectful of other publishers’ property. While it is easy to copy text, graphics, multimedia files, etc., from other sites, you must have permission from the copyright holder (through a release form, below) to use them on your personal site.
- Be mindful of the user. Avoid graphics that take too long to download. Avoid "under construction" pages; if you have any incomplete pages, don’t publish them until you are ready. Avoid long, scrolling pages. Make effective use of links.
- U.S. copyright office
- Copyright Request Form
- Photo Release Form
- Links to Commercial sites
- Weinberg Web Standards
- Northwestern Web Standards (read pages 10 -17)
Assistance to Users
- If you have any questions related to Weinberg standards, processes, and policies, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Contact Us page.
- Consultation, assistance, and time from Weinberg personnel is provided on a limited basis and as it becomes available. The Weinberg Web Communications office can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to individuals who have taken Web Publishing Tutorials on how to create web pages.
- The Weinberg Web Communications office provides templates for creating personal pages.