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Guidelines for Personal Web pages on Information Services systems

The following guidelines apply to personal Web pages published on the MCS or on other services run by the University Information Services (UIS).

1. Use must comply with:

The main restrictions in the above include forbidding the publication of material liable to bring the University into disrepute and material which is pornographic or which breaches copyright, the Data Protection Act etc.

2. When personal pages contain a mixture of purely personal and University, College or Departmental information, it should be clearly indicated that the nature of the pages is different. Purely personal pages must not give the impression that the material is published with the official sanction of the University, a College or some other institution. The shield from the arms of a College or the identifier of the University must not be used on personal web pages, although it or the departmental web templates may be used for work-related pages.

Further, it is the policy of the Information Services Committee that institutions should be encouraged to set up and manage their own web servers; therefore the use of UIS systems (other than Managed Web Servers or Falcon content management service) for the publication of Departmental or College material is not normally granted.

Personal pages should not be used for the publication of group, club or society material. Special facilities are available on the MCS for publishing information by Registered University Societies and groups. In addition, group web space may be requested on the Managed Web Server or Falcon content management service.

3. Personal web pages on the MCS may not be used for profit-making purposes or for the publishing of third party material without explicit written permission from the Director of the Computing Service. Personal web space is available on the MCS. In case of doubt about material to be published, contact in the first instance.

4. Personal and group web pages on DS-Web must show clear personal ownership by including an email address to which comments, complaints and administrative messages should be sent.

Contravention of these guidelines is likely to be taken as evidence of misuse of the system and dealt with under the Information Services Committee's  disciplinary procedures.

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