The areas of comparison are 1) availability, 2) accessibility from the main college Web page, and 3) published policy statements.
"Personal Pages" (self-maintained pages) are accessible from the top-levelpage
of www.colgate.edu. Pages are maintained by students, faculty,
staff, and alumni. The first three groups are on the server arachnid.colgate.edu
alumni pages are on www.colgate.edu. A policy statement is available
Personal pages are accessible from the second level of www.hamilton.edu, under "Student Life" - "Student Personal Pages." They are located on www itself at http://www.hamilton.edu/studentlife/studentpages/default.html
There is a general computer use policy statement at
but apparently nothing specifically governing personal Web pages.
Personal pages for faculty are accessible from the second level of www.ithaca.edu, under "Academic Life" - "Faculty Home Pages" at http://www.ithaca.edu/ic/facultypages.html
Student home pages are accessible from the second level of www.ithaca.edu,
under "Ithaca College Community" - "Student Home Pages" at http://www.ithaca.edu/shp/
Student pages are run by a student organization. To get a page, thestudent
fills out an "Information Provider Agreement," located at http://www.ithaca.edu/shp/application.html
Hobart and William Smith Colleges:
Individual home pages (for faculty, staff, and students) are accessible from the second level of www.hws.edu, under "Student Life" - "Home Pages" at http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/homepages/
Some pages are located on www.hws.edu, others on hws3.hws.edu, others on other servers. Links to the self-maintained pages are preceded by the following statement of responsibility:
"Links from this page are to the personal home pages of individual
Hobart and William Smith
faculty and staff members and students. The Colleges assume no responsibility for the contents
of these pages, which represent the views and opinions of their authors only. Comments and questions should be addressed to the creator of each individual page."
Personal home pages for faculty, staff, and students are accessible from the top-level page of www.syr.edu, under "Personal Home Pages. "They are located on web.syr.edu, which prints the following statement of responsibility at the top of its index page, http://web.syr.edu
"On the page "web.syr.edu" you will find personal World Wide Webhome pages designed by members of the Syracuse University community. This page takes its name from the address of the server on which personal homepages at SU reside (http://web.syr.edu).
These personal pages represent the self-expression and experimentation of page creators. The information found on these pages should not be considered official material from Syracuse University. The Syracuse University homepage (SyraCWIS) can be found at http://www.syr.edu."
There is no policy statement, but there is a link to "How disputes about
home pages are settled," which states "Disputes involving student's homepages
are referred to SU's office of Judicial Affairs."
Personal home pages (faculty, staff, and students) are accessible from
the second level of www.cornell.edu under "Searches and Directories"-
"Personal Web Pages at Cornell." Most self-maintained pages seem to be
located on the server www.people.cornell.edu ("Cornellís Personal
Web Page Service"). The top-level page of www.people.cornell.edu has
links to pages about the service at http://www.people.cornell.edu/about.html
and of terms and conditions at
Overview of issues concerning college and universityWeb site policies, especially "personal" (self-maintained) pages:
In early 1996, together with several other people at Syracuse University, I wrote a short study examining "Policies to Manage Control of Contenton College and University Web Sites." My main contribution was the conclusion, which is published at http://error.syr.edu/~bmis/white/policies/essay.htm
The study examines the policies of dozens of colleges and universities, and provides links to the Web policy statements of a number of institutions. The concerns expressed in the "Coda" about the potential effect of the Communications Decency Act upon the successful solutions employed by most colleges and universities now seem to have been laid to rest by court decisions concerning the act.
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