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Vanderbilt Web Standards

Colors, Templates, Brand Bar and the GRID

Dark Gold:
D8AB4C
Brighter Gold:
E7B850
Blue:
006682
Red:
993D1B
Dark Gray:
333333
Light Gray:
DDDDDD

If you update your site with our colors, templates or brand bar, we’d like to know! www@vanderbilt.edu.

Content Management Systems

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Social Media

Vanderbilt University supports the use of social media by employees to connect with students, fellow faculty and staff, alumni, fans, colleagues and more. The Social Media Handbook provides guidance on how to do so effectively, safely and within university guidelines.

Appropriate Use Guidelines

The content of all Web pages placed on any university-owned server or delivered over the university network must comply with all Vanderbilt policies and procedures, as well as local, state and federal laws. Information providers and their sponsors are responsible for ensuring that Web pages are consistent with Vanderbilt standards and conform to existing computer-usage policies.

Registering Domain Names

University policy on registering new domain names.

VUMC policy on domain names.

Licensing policy on the use of VU’s name and marks in domain names.

Content Guidelines

  • You must a have link back to the Vanderbilt homepage on your site. Any Vanderbilt wordmark should also link to the Vanderbilt homepage. (An easy way to include the Vanderbilt logo and required links is by using the Vanderbilt Brand Bar.)
  • Your homepage must include a contact e-mail address as well as the department’s U.S. mail address and phone number with area code. Please note: do not use www@vanderbilt.edu as your site’s contact information.
  • You should also include a link back to your department’s homepage on each screen of your website. This is important because people can enter your website without first going to your homepage.
  • Every office is encouraged to update or refresh the content of its site at least twice a year.
  • In general, information must be suitable for distribution to both internal (campus) audiences and to external audiences. Though you may be posting it for a small internal audience, unless it is password protected, it is available for viewing by the world.
  • Information should be accurate, use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation. Time-sensitive information should be kept current. Periodicals must be kept up to date.
  • Your department name should be in the title of your page — this will help the search engine find your site.
  • Photos should be recent and of good quality.

Spelling, Capitalization and Style

Please refer to the Division of Public Affairs Style Manual for information on content and style. It is updated regularly.

Copyright

Vanderbilt computing resources should be used in a manner that is protective of the use privileges and property rights of others. Users must therefore:

  • Abide by all local, state and federal laws, including copyright laws.
  • Abide by all applicable software license agreements.
  • Use only the accounts, access codes or network identification numbers assigned to them.
  • Access only those files or data which they are authorized to use.

Computer Privileges and Responsibilities

Please refer to the Vanderbilt Acceptable Use Policy for the full policy statement.

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