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Policy Guidelines For Web Sites Published Through The La Salle Network.

The following policies apply to all categories of home pages published through the La Salle network. There is a clear distinction between web sites which are created as a function of the official information-dissemination of the University, either within the University or to the outside world, and those which are solely intended for the educational and personal use of students, faculty, and staff. The University acknowledges that certain academic freedom concerns and associational speech and press rights, under common law and constitutional law, may apply to the latter, and therefore, the University has set forth policy guidelines which attempt to reflect that dichotomy.

Universal La Salle WWW Policies
The use of images, recorded sounds, copyrighted materials, trade secrets and trademarks is subject to legal restriction. No one may use photographs, video clips, or sound clips or material which may be subject to copyright, trademark or trade secret restrictions without written permission of all parties, as applicable.

The University was founded and is operated in accordance with the traditions of the Catholic Church and the Christian Brothers, with the intent to promulgate an education which is witness to the ministry of Christ. Publishing materials which are in violation of the commonly accepted standards of the La Salle community (e.g., racism, explicit sexual content, statements derogatory of the Catholic Church or Christian Brothers mission) is prohibited.
"Official La Salle Web Site" Policies
The "Official" web pages of the University are defined as those pages which represent elements of the university above the department level. The establishment and modification of these pages must be closely monitored, as they represent the University to interested parties throughout the world, including prospective students, parents, alumni/ae and other academic institutions. Accordingly, they must conform to standards which include not only content, but fonts, symbols, and user interface. Publishing pages in this section is to be regulated by University Communications, and maintained by the Web Development department. Requests for modifications to the official home pages should be forwarded to webadmin@lasalle.edu.

Departmental, Recognized Student Organization and Personal Home Pages
These pages will be more loosely regulated than the University's "Official" pages. They are, however, still subject to the "universal" policies described above.

In addition, the following standards apply:

Departmental Pages
The basic home page will be centrally established for each department by the Web Development Department. At its inception, each home page will feature a standard content including a personnel listing with contact phone numbers. Beyond that, it will be the responsibility of each department, whether academic or administrative, to upload and maintain (by at least an annual review and update) its own home pages (should they desire to participate). Each department is responsible for the editorial content of these pages as well. The Web Development Department will provide training to all interested parties concerning the best way to maintain and modify a page, and will monitor and regulate issues relating to consumption of computer resources and access to and use of the University network. Each department which wishes to participate in this effort must formally designate a web page manager.Each Departmental home page must feature a section which gives information about the purpose and administration of the page. It must include the name and email address of a point of contact.

Recognized Student Organization Pages
Only a student organization which has obtained official recognition by the University may establish a basic home page on the La Salle network through the Web Department. At its inception, each home page will feature a standard content, including a listing of the officers of the organization, its faculty advisor, with contact phone numbers. Beyond that, it will be the responsibility of each organization to upload and maintain (by at least an annual review and update) its own home pages (should they desire to participate). The hard print copy of the organization's home page (or any modification thereof) must be submitted to the Dean of Students for approval in writing prior to launching this home page (or modified home page) on the La Salle network. Notwithstanding this approval process, the faculty advisor of the organization will remain responsible for the editorial content of this home page at all times.

The Web Development department will provide training to all interested parties concerning the best way to maintain and modify a page, and will monitor and regulate issues relating to consumption of computer resources and access to and use of the University network.

Each organization which wishes to participate in this effort must formally designate a web page manager. This nomination is to be approved in writing by the faculty advisor of the organization as well as the Dean of Students. Each organization home page must feature a section which gives information about the purpose and administration of the page. It must include the name and email address of a point of contact.

Personal Pages
La Salle University will make no effort to pre-approve, police, or edit these personal pages, and each page must feature the following disclaimer:

DISCLAIMER/STATEMENT PRIOR TO LAUNCHING PERSONAL WEB SITES The following statement will be displayed at the juncture of La Salle's home page from which the personal pages are launched:

"La Salle University recognizes the individual and educational value of personal publishing on the Internet, and so as a matter of policy allows and encourages students, staff, and faculty to experiment with producing personal wen sites. Due to the free form nature of this process the University accepts no responsibility for the content of those pages. "The links from this page are the personal home pages of La Salle students, staff, and faculty. While these pages do not in any way constitute official La Salle content, we hope you find the information in them useful, or at least entertaining. La Salle makes no effort to pre-approve, police or edit these pages. The views and opinions expressed in the pages below are strictly those of the page authors, and comments on the contents of those pages should be directed to the page authors."

Violations of This Policy

In the event that any web sites are discovered which violate any of the policies and guidelines outlined in this document, those sites will be immediately removed by the University without any hostility (any user of the La Salle network hereby releases the university from all such liability by their accessing of, or receipt of messages through, the La Salle network), and the violators shall be subject to disciplinary action, which may include revocation of university network-access privileges, exclusion or suspension of a student, or suspension or termination of employment for a staff member or faculty, in accordance with the terms of the Student Handbook, and the University Personnel Policy and University Handbook, respectively.