Web Publishing Policy

What can be published?

Lander University recognizes the educational and societal value of electronic publishing. The University encourages faculty, staff, and students in their endeavors in Web publishing. While the University strongly believes in freedom of expression, it is not obliged to provide the facilities for the unrestricted electronic practice of this right; thus, Web publishing at Lander University is a privilege, not a right.

Types of Pages

All Web pages in the LANDER.EDU domain are classified as either official or unofficial pages. Official Web pages include those created for officers or units within the University. Unofficial Web pages include personal pages of faculty, staff, and students; pages constructed by students as part of a class assignment; and pages for student organizations.

Web pages must not be constructed in such a way as to establish or imply an on-campus presence of a non-University organization.

All official Web pages must use the Lander logo. Unofficial Web pages may not use any Lander logo without prior permission. Contact University Relations and Publications for permission. Official Web pages must have a link to Lander’s homepage.

Disclaimer for Official web pages

Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained herein constitutes or is intended to constitute an offer, inducement, promise, or contract of any kind. The content contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free. Any links to non-Lander information are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement by Lander University of the linked materials – Adopted from the Web policy of Georgia Institute of Technology.

Disclaimer for Unofficial web pages

While this page resides in the LANDER.EDU domain, it is not a publication of Lander University. Lander University has neither examined nor approved the content of this page. Sole responsibility for the content of this page falls to its author. The views expressed in this page are solely the opinion of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Lander University. Any inquires should be addressed to the author.

Expiration of Unofficial Sites

  • Employees Leaving and/or Retiring from the University:
    Web space for faculty and staff leaving on good terms will expire 90 days after the last day of employment
  • Employees Dismissed from the University:
    Web space for faculty and staff dismissed from the University will expire immediately.

Content Guidelines

Content of any Web page is subject to the following restrictions:

  • It may not violate applicable laws including local, state, or federal laws (including applicable export laws and regulations) or intellectual property rights including copyright or trademark laws.
  • It may not violate any applicable University policy.
  • It may not appeal to prurient interest, as does pornography.
  • It may not include racist, sexist, or harassing material.
  • It may not contain malicious code or links to malicious code.
  • It may not use copyrighted materials unless permission has been obtained.

All users must remember that Lander University is a state-supported institution in rural South Carolina. Content that might not be objectionable elsewhere may be highly damaging to this institution and its image. Users are expected to use prudence and good taste in all publications. Even though pages may not be publicized, search engines may still find those pages.

Legal Considerations

The author of any page using copyrighted material must have written permission for the use of the copyrighted material. Failure to produce written permission upon request will be deemed sufficient justification for the removal of a page. Permission to use material in one form does not automatically translate into permission to use the same material in another form. When using photographs, the author usually must have the permission of both the owners of the photograph and any individuals in the photograph. Materials normally thought to be in the public domain may still be copyrighted if they contain some added content. Questions about such matters may be directed to a Lander University reference librarian.

Lander University reserves the right to remove any pages on University servers or links to other servers without prior notification. Reasons for doing so include but are not limited to these:

  • The information being out of date.
  • The file being considered by the System Administrator of the WEB server or the campus Networking Coordinator to be causing significant performance problems for the server or campus network.
  • The file violating the law or University policy.

While the University will attempt to contact the author before removing any pages, it reserves the right to act unilaterally. The responsibility for providing backups for pages rests solely on the author.

Facilities

University facilities must be used in accordance with all existing policies. Lander University does not guarantee that the campus Internet system will function in an error-free manner or without interruptions. The University shall not be liable for any damages of any kind, including consequential or incidental damages, arising from the submission, installation, maintenance, transmission, copying, modification, distribution, or use of any materials.

Lander Internet facilities may not be used to conduct non-Lander related business and may not be used for commercial gain or consulting. The sole exception if for the publishing of credentials, resumes, vitae or the like as part of a job search effort.

This policy will be reviewed as deemed necessary.

This policy was adapted, in part, from the policies of Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We gratefully acknowledge both institutions.

Approved, June 16, 1997