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The Rhodes College Web site

The Rhodes College Web site is managed by the Office of College Relations and Communications, through the Rhodes Web Project Manager, to provide the entire Rhodes community – prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, employers, the media, etc. – with up-to-date information about the college and access to Internet-based functional features (such as searches, online applications and event registrations).

Though the Rhodes Web Project Manager centrally manages the overall design, organization and interface for the Rhodes Web site, responsibility for content maintenance is shared with each division and department. Participation in Web site content maintenance ranges from working with the Rhodes Web Project Manager to assist with content updates to direct input of content updates through the collegeā€²s web content management system (cms). The level of this participation in Web content maintenance is determined as needed during site planning with each division or department according to resource availability within that division or department.

Regardless of whether division / department participation in Web site content maintenance is direct or indirect, each division or department is responsible for making sure all content on the site related to their operational areas is accurate and timely.

Responsibility for Rhodes Web site content maintenance is allocated as follows:

  • The Web Project Manager in the Office of Communications is responsible for editing copy as needed and maintaining design continuity, interface usability and graphic standards.
  • Division heads are responsible for factual accuracy, appropriateness, timeliness and provision of current content for all Web content related to their areas of operation.
  • Individual staff and faculty members within each division or department may be designated as Web champions or Web content management system contributors and thereby are responsible for provision and/or input of content specific to their division, department or area of expertise.

All files related to the main Rhodes College Web site are stored, backed up and accessed on two centralized servers maintained by ITS – one for general viewing and usage of the site and another for protected editing of content through the web content management system (cms). All installation and maintenance of these servers and any extended functionality on the site (such as BannerWeb, BanMart, Web-base e-mail, etc.) are the responsibility of ITS. The Rhodes Web Project Manager works very closely with ITS to balance design and content with technical functionality and efficiency.

Due to specialized technical requirements, some Rhodes departments maintain official web pages through vendor-hosted, off-campus sites. Vendor selection and contract negotiations are made in consultation with the Web Project Manager. ITS is not responsible for maintenance or support of vendor-hosted projects. Vendor-hosted sites funded by the college are subject to the same terms of appropriate use as other Rhodes computing and telecommunications resources.

Appropriate Use of Rhodes Computing and Telecommunications Resources

All members of the Rhodes community who use these college resources are expected to do so in a responsible and ethical manner. The right to use Rhodes’ computing and telecommunications resources can be revoked if misused or abused. Appropriate use prohibits: commercial activities; creating, displaying, or transmitting threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, or harassing language and/or materials; copyright and licensing violations; violation of personal privacy; acts in violation of federal and/or state laws.

Web content must be directly related to Rhodes’ academic programs or those services at the college that support those programs.

While it is impossible for the college to monitor full accuracy or suitability of materials on all departmental, student organization or individual pages, Rhodes will exercise diligence in dealing with questions of error or impropriety. Such questions may be referred to the appropriate President′s staff member.

In keeping with Rhodes’ tradition of student self-governance, students are expected to use the World Wide Web in ways consistent with codes of conduct established in the Honor Council and Social Regulations Council and with the Standards of the Rhodes Community. Cases of student violation of these codes in use of the World Wide Web will be heard as is appropriate by either the Honor Council or the Social Regulations Council.

Revised September 25, 2007.
In effect April 26, 2004.
Vice President for Information Services.