College web standards are necessary to ensure that the Howard Community College (HCC) website accurately and effectively promotes HCC’s identity and mission in a secure environment. Employing a consistent, professional style and coherent organization of information is important to our users’ experience of the website. Although the college is the sum of many different departments, we want people who visit the site to think of HCC as a whole—one institution with one voice. All individuals involved in developing and maintaining the college’s presence on the Internet are expected to abide by all applicable policies with regard to content.
B. Representation – Each HCC web page is an official representation of the college. All information presented must comply with existing laws and college policies. Published information must also adhere to federal and state laws pertaining to security and privacy. These legal requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
C. Current Content – Information appearing on the college website is the responsibility of the originating department. Each department is responsible for reviewing and updating content.
D. Inappropriate Content – The following Information is inappropriate for publication to the college web:
E. Removal of Content – The vice president of information technology will direct the removal of any content or material that does not adhere to HCC policies regarding appropriate content, logo imagery, and copyright standards.
F. Security – HCC’s website must use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption to collect or process confidential information submitted by students or other users.
H. Professional Pages – Web pages developed by faculty and staff constitute an important means of formulating and conveying knowledge to prospective students, current students, stakeholders, and to the world at large. Therefore, it is the policy of HCC that all full-time faculty and authorized staff are entitled to use the college website for publication of their professional information. Authors of professional pages are responsible for maintaining content and must strive to maintain high standards of intellectual and academic integrity. Faculty and staff are responsible for compliance with existing federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to, copyright law and laws regarding privacy of student information.
The president's team approves requests to host websites for external entities. The college is not responsible for development, content maintenance, or administration of an external site hosted on college’s servers. An appointed campus liaison will coordinate communication with college staff regarding required technical support and other related hosting issues.
J. External Content Published on the College's Website - The college does not place third-party information, content, or logos on its web pages, unless there is an explicit relationship that supports the mission of the college. The president's team considers requests for publication of the third-party information on its website upon receipt of a written request that demonstrates benefit to the college and its students. Considerations also include cost, content, and duration of publication.
K. Web Steering Committee – The vice president of information technology will designate a cross-disciplinary web steering committee to provide guidance and counsel to the web development team in areas of policy and strategic planning. The committee will convene as required. Specifically, the web steering committee:
Policy Manual Review/Revision: 11/12/10