Website Design, Templates and Policy

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The many programs and services offered by the University of Georgia are a large part of what makes it one of the world's greatest universities. Thanks to the Web, thousands of visitors are able to experience the wide variety of programs and services that UGA has to offer. To ensure their experience adds to the positive image of UGA, the campus needs to present Web sites that are readily identifiable as part of the university, up-to-date, easy to use and attractive.

This style guide is intended for faculty, staff and students who design Web pages for departments and other official university units. The guide and accompanying templates are intended to provide Web designers with the flexibility to create Web sites that have a unique design while meeting minimum standards for the identity of the university.

Please note the UGA graphic identity is not to be used on personal pages. Specifically, personal pages should not use images, logos, graphics or text found on the university home page or other official pages.

The University of Georgia Website Disclaimer Policy

All University of Georgia Web sites are required to affix the disclaimer statement below on each web page included in such Web sites. This requirement extends to all pages that in any way, explicit or implicit, imply affiliation with the University of Georgia. This requirement is effective for any and all pages that are physically housed on University-owned computer and networking equipment or on third-party equipment.

Required Disclaimer Statement

The content and opinions expressed on this Web page do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the University of Georgia or the University System of Georgia.

It does not apply to pages which clearly by their function express official information on behalf of the University of Georgia, including:

  • The UGA gateway Web site (http://www.uga.edu)
  • Any second level pages
  • Any academic school or college
  • Any academic department
  • Any administrative unit (e.g., Student Affairs and all affiliated units, such as University Housing, Student Activities, Minority Services and Programs, etc.)
  • Any auxiliary unit whose sole function is to provide service to the University of Georgia (e.g., Food services, Parking Services, the Georgia Center for Continuing Education
  • Research papers are considered in support of the University's overall mission. Research papers and professional publications do not require the disclaimer. Papers promoting or supporting a position or view that is not easily identifiable as associated with the teaching, research, or public service missions of the University do require the disclaimer.
  • Password-protected pages do not require the disclaimer. However, the password must be privately shared and not generally accessible.
  • WebCT course and similar materials are part of the University's academic enterprise. All Web sites and associated pages that support the University's curriculum do not require the disclaimer.
  • Resumes and curricula vitae do not require the disclaimer.

Sites and pages to which this requirement applies include, but are not limited to:

  • All student personal pages
  • All faculty personal pages
    NOTE: Faculty pages used exclusively for posting syllabi and other course-directive
    information, curriculum vitae, and strictly academic information for the purpose of
    instruction (not opinion) are considered to be "official information" pages and are not
    required to carry the disclaimer.
  • All staff personal pages
  • Any page within exempt sites whose purpose is not to advance the mission of UGA or theUniversity System of Georgia Board of Regents
  • Any student organization site
  • Any faculty or staff site dedicated to social or policy advocacy issues

Final determination of request for exemption from policy will reside with an established UGA Web Site Committee.

Minimum Standards

We strongly recommend that official university Web pages include the following elements:

  1. The round UGA monogram
    Ideally, the logo should be included on every page; at minimum, it should appear on the site's home page. The logo should link back to the UGA home page. If you choose not to adopt the logo in your design, you must at least reference affiliation with the university by including the words University of Georgia prominently near the top of your home page.
  2. An explicit link to the UGA home page (http://www.uga.edu):
    You should include somewhere on each page an explicit link to the home page. The link should read either University of Georgia Home or UGA Home. This link can be HTML text or part of a text graphic.
  3. Link to school, college or division home page
    Departments and offices should provide clear links to the home page of the school, college or division within which they reside.
  4. Footer information
    Each page should include the following standard footer information:
    The e-mail address of the person responsible for maintaining the page and responding user feedback: e.g. Feedback, questions or accessibility issues: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    The date the page was last updated: (e.g. Last updated: March 6, 2014).
  5. Academic Departments
    Academics departments should include all of the following features described above, plus:
    • Information for prospective students including links to Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate School admissions
    • Information distinguishing undergraduate program offerings (if applicable)
  6. Accessible design
    In association with the Disability Resource Center and web design experts on campus, EITS has selected and deployed LIFT, a server-based tool from UsableNet Inc., that dynamically generates customizable "text-only" views of websites. To make text-only versions of your pages, simply add a new link to your main page. The link could say, for example, "Text-Only Version", and your URL link code would look like this:

    http://text.usg.edu:8080/tt/your_site.uga.edu

    Transcoded pages also include a tool section by default, allowing the user to customize the page by changing font size, page colors, and other functions. For more information about Web accessibility visit http://wikiwiki.uga.edu/wag/index.php/UGA_Web_Accessibility_Group