University Web Page Requirements


Official Information/Pages/Sites: Web pages published by or about NMU

  • divisions
  • departments
  • offices
  • centers
  • programs
  • projects
  • committees, or
  • courses

are considered official pages, presenting official information about the university.

Unofficial Information/Pages/Sites: Web pages published by or about NMU

  • bargaining units
  • student organizations
  • individual faculty, student or staff members

are considered unofficial pages, presenting unofficial information about the university.

Northern Michigan University does not edit, screen, monitor or censor unofficial information and does not accept liability for unofficial information. Unofficial publishers are solely responsible for the content of information they post, even if such information is accessed through NMU servers. Northern Michigan University retains the right to purge unofficial pages that do not adhere to this policy or that violate any local, state or federal laws. For more information, see the university Web site disclaimer.


All content must be consistent with Northern Michigan University policies and local, state, and federal laws.

No advertising of any sort for products or services outside of the university can appear on any official university page without permission from the university Web managers.

Copyright laws apply to electronic publications as well as to printed publications. Official and unofficial page publishers must have permission to publish the text or graphic matter on their pages if the publisher is not the author or creator.

Required Items - Official Web Pages

Official homepages must include:

  • the words "Northern Michigan University" in the title bar of each official home page. For example: University Marketing and Communications at Northern Michigan University.
  • the text: Northern Michigan University is an equal opportunity institution.

Other official pages (including home page) must include:

  • either a title related to page content or the name of the publishing unit. For example: University Marketing and Communications Staff.
  • name or active e-mail link to the individual who is responsible for the page.
  • the date of the last update.
  • a link to the university home page at, and a link back to the official home page.
  • the copyright statement: © 1999 (or current year) by the Board of Trustees of Northern Michigan University. You may link to the Board of Trustees site at

Any official pages or sites found to not be compliant with the required items listed above will be notified of the items that must be added and will be expected to add them in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in removing the link to that site from the official university website.

Required Items - Unofficial Web Pages

All unofficial pages should have:

  • the name and e-mail address of the page owner.
  • the date of the last update.
  • a link to the University's official disclaimer at or, you may enter the disclaimer text: "The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by Northern Michigan University."

The university does not edit or censor unofficial pages; however, unofficial pages that by design or content appear to present official information about the university may be purged from the university's servers.

Official home pages may not link directly to personal or unofficial pages. If approved by the head of the publishing unit, official pages below homepage level may contain links to faculty, staff or student personal pages.

Publishers of unofficial pages are encouraged to identify their connection to Northern Michigan University, and are allowed to use the official university signature, or logo. Publishers using the signature must present it in its normal form; no editing, changing, or modifying the signature will be allowed. Unofficial pages which use an edited or changed signature may be purged from the university servers.

Again, all page publishers, official or unofficial, are required to follow Northern Michigan University policies as well as all applicable federal, state and local laws including copyright laws.