Use of CU-Boulder's web and IT resources is governed by university policy
as well as state and federal law. Though this guide
highlights key policies and common issues, it is your responsibility to
know and comply with all laws and policies.
Web Policy Highlights
These summaries highlight common issues addressed by campus policies and are provided for your convenience only. Review campus policies and standards and state and federal law to determine your responsibilities.
Accessibility - All official web sites, to the extent feasible, must be made accessible to people with disabilities. For help, see Creating Accessible Web Pages.
Advertising - Advertising is prohibited on personal and student group web sites. Advertising on official university sites is restricted though sponors can be acknowledged according to campus guidelines.
Copyright - All web publishers must comply with laws and university policies regarding copyright. For help, see the Copyright web site, which includes information on fair use and laws on downloading music and movies.
E-commerce - Commercial activities are limited to official university sites that can comply with the Online Payment procedures listed below and that have been approved by an E-business Review.
Fundraising - Fundraising activities are restricted to authorized activities and must be conducted in accordance with campus policies and procedures.
Hosting - Web sites may not be hosted for unaffilliated organizations and individuals.
Online Payment - University units that want to accept credit and debit cards in payment for the sale of goods and services must meet these requirements and undergo an E-business Review:
Personal Gain - Use for personal financial gain and/or commercial purposes, whether for-profit or non-profit, is prohibited.
Political Campaigns - It is against state law for state resources or funds to be used for supporting political campaigns, candidates, legislation, or ballot issues. Web space provided by the university is considered a state resource.
Privacy - All web sites must comply with laws and university policies governing personal privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information.
The disclosure of information about students is governed by the Federal
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). For more information,
privacy information and FERPA
training for faculty and staff on the Registrar's web site.
Applications that make use of personally identifiable information are restricted to official university units that have been authorized by an E-business Review.
Security - Web developers must ensure that servers and applications meet campus security standards. For help, see the Security web site.
University Trademarks - CU trademarks are protected by law and must be used in accordance with campus policy and standards:
Vendor Relationships - Relationships with non-CU service providers must be clear to the user.
Please contact Web Communications for assistance and referrals concerning web policy.
To report abuse, contact email@example.com.
Web and IT Governance and Policy Groups