World Wide Web Student Pages
Empire State College has created a World Wide Web presence to support and promote the mission of the college: learning, research and community service. It is expected that individuals placing information on the Empire State College server will abide by all applicable polices and all laws governing the use of the Internet. The college recognizes that its World Wide Web presence serves a variety of needs and includes various types of web sites.
Official college publications: are pages that represent the official voice of the college to all external audiences as well as to students, alumni and staff. Examples include the main college web pages and learning resource sites such as the Virtual Library.
College-affiliated pages: are web sites developed for special purposes or to provide ongoing communication with particular groups in the college community or in the general public. Examples include the Virtual Writing Center, International Business OnLine, Photography Program or the Alternative Medicine Symposium site.
Personal home pages: are web sites developed and maintained by individuals within the college community for self-expression, communication or other personal use. Examples include pages used by faculty to communicate with students, pages developed by students to demonstrate learning and pages used by members of the college community to introduce themselves or to communicate with each other. These pages:
- Must be created and maintained by individuals;
- May use college templates developed for these purposes;
- May reside on the college's web servers;
- Will be only accessible from the official college web pages via links that include the college's disclaimer; and
- Must comply with the college's Agreements and Guidelines for All Personal Home Pages.
Empire State College will provide server space and private accounts upon requests for any Empire State College faculty, student or staff member who wishes to house personal web pages on a college server. The accounts will have FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access to a personal directory on a college server designated for such personal accounts.
Empire State College will provide a link from the official college site to the personal pages of any Empire State College mentor/faculty, student or staff member upon request. The college's link will include the college's disclaimer. The Center for Learning and Technology, when possible, will provide support materials to assist members of the Empire State College community in creating personal web pages.
All personal home pages housed on an Empire State College server, or linked from the Empire State College official web site should not exceed 10 megabytes in total size, and must conform to the Agreements and Guidelines for All Personal Home Pages.
Agreements and Guidelines for All Personal Home Pages
Empire State College promotes the use of its computing facilities and seeks to improve the computer literacy of its students, faculty and staff by providing space to house personal web pages. Every member of the college community who creates a web page on the college server, or requests a link from the college web page to a personal page, is expected to adhere to the agreements and guidelines listed on page 53 to further these goals.
A student's personal home page(s) will not be screened. However, the college reserves the right to monitor his/her work on the World Wide Web server and remove his/her files if it feels that he/she has violated one of the agreements or guidelines. In addition, failure to follow the agreements or guidelines could, in some cases, lead to criminal prosecution.
The student will have the option of linking to his/her home page(s) from the page(s) on the college's web site that are designed for student, faculty and staff home pages. This page contains a disclaimer absolving the college of all responsibility for the content of these home pages. The student will not, however, be required to list his/her page here. With the student's permission, the college may create additional links to his/her work. However, any additional link created from any official college home page to the student's personal home page will also contain the disclaimer.
At some point, the college and the student may decide to make the student's work part of the college's official web presence. At this time, the student's page(s) may require revision to meet the guidelines of official college home pages.
- The Empire State College World Wide Web server is a college resource to be used in conjunction with academic learning, teaching, scholarship and professional development.
- The student alone is responsible for meeting all of the following guidelines. Failure to meet these guidelines could result in the removal of his or her pages from the Empire State College World Wide Web server, or removal of links to his or her pages housed on other servers.
- The student's personal web pages on the college's server may not be used for personal profit, or violate copyright law, pornography law or any other state or federal laws. In addition, if a personal web page, which is housed on another organization's server, is for personal profit, or violates copyright laws, pornography law or any other state or federal laws, the college will not provide a link to it from the college web site.
- The student's space on the Empire State College World Wide Web server is for him or her alone. The student is responsible for the contents of materials on his or her space. The student should take all reasonable precautions to prevent unauthorized use of this space and/or files.
- The college reserves the right to monitor or restrict the student's activity on the Empire State College World Wide Web server. The college is not responsible for loss of data or service interference resulting from efforts to maintain the Empire State College World Wide Web server.
- The student will not attempt to interfere with the performance of the Empire State College World Wide Web server.
- The student will not damage any Empire State College computer hardware or software.
- The student will not attempt to manipulate or delete computer files belonging to another user.
- The student will not attempt to circumvent system security.