University of Illinois Policy for Publishing on the Internet
July 22, 2002
Publishing is important to the University's initiatives in
education, research, service and economic development. Through quality
publications, the University builds and maintains a strong reputation
and image. Electronic publishing, as with more traditional forms of
publishing, should follow high standards in its content and
The University of Illinois recognizes the unique value of
electronic publishing on the Internet, and so allows and encourages
students, staff, and faculty to publish in digital formats. Units are
encouraged to create electronic home pages, personal pages,
publications pages, or other pages on the World Wide Web that carry out
official University business in support of the University's missions.
Contents of all electronic pages must be consistent with University of
Illinois policies and local, state, and federal laws.
This document describes the policies of the University of
Illinois. Each campus may expand upon and develop these policies
according to the campus' needs. This policy statement addresses issues
related to: Advertising, Compliance, Copyright, Links, Logos and Other
Trademarks, Nondiscrimination, Personal Business, Security, Violations,
and Web Accessibility.
Commercial advertising is not permitted on pages published
on University of Illinois Web servers. This includes banner
advertisements as well as graphic images that promote a commercial
service and some text links (see Links section for more on this topic).
No graphic or text may imply University of Illinois endorsement of
commercial products or services. A disclaimer should be displayed if
non-endorsement is not evident from the context.
All official University Web pages that comply with
University policies and guidelines will be eligible to display a seal or
mark that certifies such compliance.
Copyright laws apply to electronic publishing as well as to
print publishing. Publishers must have permission from the copyright
owners to copy and display text, graphics, or photographs on their
pages. In the alternative, publishers must have a reasonable basis for
believing their use of copyrighted materials of others constitutes fair
use or that the materials are in the public domain. Electronic
publications are subject to the same University of Illinois policies
and standards as print publications.
Links from a University page to any non-University site
must not imply University endorsement of the site's products or
services. A disclaimer should be displayed if non-endorsement is not
evident from the context. When requested, units must deactivate links
that violate this policy.
- Logos and Other Trademarks
All unit home pages will use the appropriate campus logo as
approved and described in campus policies. These pages will also
clearly communicate the name of the unit publishing the page. All
representations of the University of Illinois or campus names, logos,
or other trademarks must conform to official guidelines outlined by the
University and its campuses. For more information on appropriate use
of the following names and associated graphics, see:
University of Illinois: http://www.uillinois.edu/our/style/
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: http://identitystandards.illinois.edu/
University of Illinois at Chicago: http://www.uic.edu/uic/about/media/logo.shtml
University of Illinois at Springfield: http://www.uis.edu/creativeservices/standards/index.html
All Web pages must comply with the University's policy on nondiscrimination:
- Personal Business
University of Illinois resources may be used to create Web pages
about an individual or an individual's interests but may not be used to
create Web pages for personal business, personal gain, or partisan
political purposes, except as permitted by other University policies or
The University of Illinois is committed to providing a
secure Web environment. All those who publish on the University servers
must comply with University and campus computer security policies that
protect the integrity of the University Web system. See:
Violations of University policies governing the use of University
Web resources may result in restriction of access to University
electronic resources. In addition, disciplinary action may be applicable
under other University policies, guidelines, or collective bargaining
agreements, up to and including dismissal. Any restrictive action must
follow standard University procedures that assure due process. See:
- Web Accessibility
The University is committed to making all its electronic information
accessible in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.
Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.