University Communications Website Guidelines
The following guidelines are currently recommended by the Office of Communications and are intended to help in creating a clear brand identity and a consistent look for all University websites. Please note that new standards are in development for 2015, and the guidelines presented here are subject to change.
- Page design and navigation bars should meet the graphic standards and the design and navigation standards established by University Communications.
- Pages should meet web-accessibility guidelines set by Information Technology Systems at U.Va.
- Design templates are available for University-wide use
- A site should be substantially complete in content.
- Information should be updated in a timely fashion.
- Where possible, pages should link to and not duplicate standardized University content such as catalog information, admission requirements, costs, etc.
- Use of intellectual property in page content is governed by University copyright policy.
Advertising is not permitted on any part of the virginia.edu site, including but not limited to company/vendor logos and acknowledgements. All Web pages must adhere to University advertising policy.
Page Changes/New Pages
- To allow the U.Va. Home Page and A-Z Site Index to be updated, advance notice of page title changes and URL changes should be provided to the University Communications Office.
- A dean of department or appropriate unit head must contact University Communications to request a new link from the home page or the site index or to include a new page in the U.Va. Web Search.
- New pages must meet the basic University web requirements as outlined here.