University of Missouri Extension Web publishing policies
The following policies apply to all pages/sites developed on the MU
Extension public Web server, which includes domains extension.missouri.edu,
4h.missouri.edu, missourifamilies.org, frti.org, leti.org,
nursingoutreach.missouri.edu, and all persons developing pages on this
server. Additionally, policies pertaining to consistency, content ownership
and credibility apply to all MU Extension programmatic and administrative
websites, regardless of the server on which they are housed.
Comments and discussion are welcome. Please address comments to Kate Akers
firstname.lastname@example.org, MU Extension
University of Missouri Extension Web presence
The University of Missouri Extension
Web Team will maintain the University of Missouri Extension main pages
and statewide program pages. The Web Team is
responsible for overall consistency,
coordination and support of the extension Web presence.
The Web Team, in cooperation with ETCS, issues accounts for Web
authoring on the MU Extension server and may
revoke account privileges for violations
publishing policies or violations of the acceptable
The Web Team is responsible for making sure the MU Extension Web
presence is professional, well-organized, easy to navigate and adheres to
the MU Extension Web publishing policies. As such, Web Team
members have the authority to make changes to any content in the MU
Extension website to correct problems and policy violations.
All University of Missouri Extension websites and content are a
reflection of the university and its employees. As such, these websites are expected to
meet a high standard of professionalism and credibility while providing
unbiased, research-based information from the University of Missouri.
All content on MU Extension Web pages shall be reviewed for accuracy. Accuracy is
just as important in electronic publications as it is in print publications
and shall have equally high priority. Programmatic curricula must go through
the same review by Program Directors as for any other type of publication.
Content (text, photos, sound, etc.) from
other sources will include complete citations of
the original source with the same care and
consistency as in any print publication.
Copyright and fair use standards apply. See: Copyright & Fair
Use Information for extension Web developers.
Content that originates with the University of Missouri
should be credited to the author and have an e-mail link whenever possible.
Citations should be made the same as they would
be in print, with the addition of a link to the
source if available.
In accordance with University
of Missouri Copyright Regulations, content produced by employees that is
considered "University-sponsored" may bear the following
© Copyright (year) by The Curators of the University of Missouri, a public
Copyright attributed to any other portion of the University is not valid (i.e. a program, unit, office, employee, etc.).
Guidelines for linking to external
University of Missouri Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Website content re-publishing
It is NEVER an acceptable practice to re-publish content from other websites or printed sources onto your own
website or into a printed
publication UNLESS one of the following criteria are met:
- You have obtained specific written permission to republish from the
original content provider (author or publisher). This includes content
from other universities and government agencies.
- There is a clear written statement from the author or publisher that
accompanies the work stating that it is permissible to republish or
redistribute the work.
- The excerpt you are using is unequivocally permissible under the U.S.
Copyright Office doctrine of “Fair Use.” See:
- The content is unequivocally in the public domain and free of
Expiration of Content
University of Missouri Extension is committed to providing equal access to
our services and resources to all citizens, including those with disabilities.
In addition, as part of the land grant university system, Extension is funded in
part by the USDA which makes us subject to the ADA laws governing government
agencies. In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal
agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to
people with disabilities.
Section 508, Electronic and Information Technology, took effect June 1,
2001, requiring government agencies to make electronic content accessible to
people with disabilities. Section 504 Prohibits "excluding people
because they have disabilities from any program or activity that receives
Extension Web page creators may incorporate the
latest Web technologies into their pages, such
- DTD HTML standards to take advantage of
the timeliest Web browser features
- Scripting languages, such as Java and
- Complimentary "plug-in"
applications such as streaming audio/video, Flash,
However, to facilitate access to content by all audiences equally, pages
that incorporate these features also must
1. Be carefully checked to make sure all scripts and plug-in pieces work
correctly and do not generate error messages.
2. Provide a reasonably equitable alternative for
adaptive technology devices. This may be accomplished through use of alternate text for images,
transcripts or alternative format files.
If you are unsure whether your pages or specific content pieces are
accessible, please ask the Web Team to review them. We can test your content
in accessible browsers, screen readers and other commonly used adaptive
technology. (Note: In 2009 and 2010, the Web Team has been working closely
with the MU Center for Adaptive Computing to make sure our new design is
fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact us with
Information; Employee and Learner Privacy
Content must be timely and accurate. Extension website managers and the Web
shall regularly review Web pages for freshness. Out-of-date information shall
be removed from Web pages.
Working with Independent Contractors and
No confidential employee or learner information shall be
stored on a publicly accessible storage media.
Financial transactions on the MU Extension pages shall be done only via secure
procedures specifically approved by the Extension Web Team and MU campus
MU Extension offices or units may not collect money through a third party
Web service such as PayPal.
University and federal policy in compliance with federal statute provides
that "personal" information (name, address, phone numbers, etc.)
about extension learners/students/partners/program participants (whether
individuals, businesses or other groups) may not be provided to any outside
organizations or individuals without the specific written consent of each
individual or organization for which information is requested. Faculty and
staff members who receive requests should not provide such information. This
includes names, home or business addresses and/or phone numbers of county
council members and program advisory group members and such information on
Groups wishing to hire an independent contractor or otherwise engage
someone who is not an employee of MU Extension to
design, build or maintain Web pages housed on extension.missouri.edu will involve the extension
Web Support Team, prior to signing a contract or beginning work, in all
discussions regarding the scope and nature of
the work the contractor will do.
Employees may not share their login id/password for an
extension.missouri.edu account with a non-employee for any reason. Doing so
will result in the revocation of all login privileges. Non-employees may be
granted login access to outreach.missouri.edu only after a request has been
made and reviewed by the webmaster and system administrator.
Content accuracy and adherence to policies always remains the
responsibility of a extension professional staff member. Volunteers and contractors
who work on Web pages must do so with the oversight of a professional staff
In accordance with the Acceptable
Use Agreement, independent contractors or
firms may not advertise their services or
company on an extension page.