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Web Policy

Summary

The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) website is an online information system that provides access to services and resources of interest to the College and community. The NOVA website is designed to improve communications, accessibility and ease-of-use of information. Information may be placed on the institutional sites of the NOVA Web by the president, campuses, academic units and administrative units. Information may be placed on the professional sites by faculty and staff.

Purpose

Northern Virginia Community College maintains a website to:

  1. effectively market NOVA to the many audiences it servers;
  2. be a reliable source of current and timely information for students, faculty and staff and the wider community;
  3. support and further the instructional, research and administrative activities of the College.

To preserve the security, availability and integrity of NOVA website resources and to protect all users’ rights to an open exchange of ideas and information, this policy defines the responsibilities of each member of the NOVA community in the use of this resource. Publication of information on the NOVA website is governed by existing NOVA policies and those specifically developed for the World Wide Web. Existing policies include the Northern Virginia Community College Information Technology Employee Ethics Agreement (NVCC 105-11), the VCCS Information Technology Ethics Agreement, all applicable regulations and statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and all federal policies and laws. Information published on the NOVA website must be the intellectual property of the individual distributing it and must not contain bugs, viruses, or restricted copyright material. Violations of this policy may result in revocation of access, suspension of accounts, disciplinary action or prosecution.

Definition of Institutional & Professional NOVA Information

Any information published on the NOVA website by an officially recognized NOVA office, program, department or project is considered "Institutional" NOVA information. Any information published on the Web by faculty and staff that is not an "Institutional" site is considered "Professional." General publishing guidelines apply to both types of information. However, specific guidelines also govern publication of each type of information. All publishers on the NOVA website are expected to read, understand and abide by these guidelines and policies. Publication of material on the NOVA website implies the publisher's consent to abide by these guidelines.

Responsibility for Maintenance of Information & Disclaimers

A. Institutional NOVA Information

All NOVA websites published by an institutionally recognized NOVA office, program, department or project shall be the administrative responsibility of a site supervisor assigned by that group. The site author(s) may be different individual(s) from the supervisor and are the one(s) who develop and publish the material that appears on the site. All questions concerning the content and links of an NOVA website shall be referred to the named site author. No one at NOVA can be responsible for the content of information maintained at another site, but NOVA welcomes feedback to the site supervisor and site author if questions are identified.

B. Individual Information and Individual NOVA Professional Sites

Individual information may be posted and maintained by individual NOVA faculty and staff members ("Individual Authors") on their professional sites. The purpose of the NOVA Professional Site is to support, complement and enhance the professional activities of faculty, staff and administrators employed by the College.

Individual Authors and third parties are solely responsible for the content and organization of the information posted by them, even if such information is accessed through the NOVA website. If any individual professional site is in conflict with NOVA or VCCS policy, regulations or statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or federal policy or law, the individual author will be notified and the site may be removed from the NOVA server.

C. Disclaimer Statement

The following Disclaimer Statement must be linked from the Professional site of all Individual Authors.

Information may be posted and maintained on Individual sites by NOVA faculty, staff and student organizations ("Individual Authors"). NOVA wishes to allow the academic community the greatest possible freedom to use these resources creatively and responsibly. Therefore, it does not undertake to screen, verify, edit, monitor or censor information posted by Individual Authors, whether or not originated by Individual Authors or third parties, and does not accept any responsibility or liability for such information. Individual Authors and third parties are solely responsible for the content and organization of information posted by them, even if such information is accessed through the NOVA website. If a user notices something in conflict with NOVA or VCCS policy, regulations or statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or federal policy or law, please contact Web Services & Digital Media.

NOVA Web Guidelines

Click here for the Web Guidelines

Prohibited Use of the NOVA Website

The NOVA website may not be used for personal financial gain or benefit. Links from Professional Pages to sites intended for personal profit are also prohibited. If any institutional or individual professional site is in conflict with NOVA or VCCS policy, regulations or statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or federal policy or law, the individual site author will be notified, and the site may be removed from the NOVA server.

Deactivation of World Wide Web

It is not the intent of NOVA to edit or censor individual sites or those of student organizations. Any user who discovers something out of date or in conflict with NOVA and VCCS policy, regulations and statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and federal policy or law on Individual Professional or student organization sites should contact Web Services & Digital Media at wsdm@nvcc.edu. Until changes are made to bring the site into compliance, material alleged to be in violation may be removed from the server. The owner of the Web pages will be notified.

NOVA Server Information

The NOVA approach to Web server policy is based on two concepts. First, every document is capable of being a Web document. Second, every file server and workstation is capable of being a Web server. Further, all servers at NOVA are subject to the NOVA Web Policy.

  • The College maintains Internet servers at various locations. The servers maintained by ITSS are considered the principal servers for institutional pages. Other college departments and organizations may also own servers, which will be maintained by technology support staff on the site.
  • Technology support staff on campuses will routinely be involved in Purchasing decisions and will be responsible for the maintenance of hardware and software for campus servers.
  • Any individual who requires a separate server should utilize his/her workstation for that purpose, but for Intranet use only.
  • All servers are to be used for college-related activity.
  • The server administrator must notify the ITSS staff by memo, fax, or email prior to the installation of a server.
  • The ITSS staff will have access to all College servers for maintenance as needed.

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