General Information for Creators of Personal Home Pages
Terms of Service
Penn College is not responsible for the content of any employee or student homepage, and the opinions and views expressed in the employee and student homepages do not necessarily reflect those of Penn College. The contents of the employee and student home pages are not reviewed before they are published. We reserve the right to remove any page from the system which is brought to our attention and which we find, in our sole discretion, violates these page content guidelines (listed below) or otherwise is in violation of the law. Penn College will routinely monitor the content of employee and student homepages, and will investigate complaints of violation of these guidelines. Please contact the Webmaster regarding any such complaints. Penn College reserves the right to use any images found on employee and student home pages for promotional purposes.
Employees and students are solely responsible for everything contained in their own home pages. Penn College does not verify, endorse, or otherwise vouch for the contents of any employee and student homepage. Employees and students can be held legally liable for the contents of their home pages, and may be held legally accountable if their home page includes, for example, copyrighted, trademarked, patented, or trade secret material without the written permission of the author or owner, or defamatory comments.
In the event that Penn College receives a complaint that the contents of an employee or student homepage infringe intellectual property rights or otherwise is unlawful, Penn College shall request substantiation from the complaining party – for example, substantiation of proof of ownership in the form of a trademark, service mark, or copyright registration – and, if Penn College believes it to be appropriate, will contact the page originator and request a response. Penn College reserves the right to release current or past faculty, staff or student information in the event Penn College believes that pages are in violation of the terms of service or content guidelines, used to commit unlawful acts, or if the information is subpoenaed.
Penn College reserves the right to deny employee and student home page access to repeat offenders of these guidelines.
Penn College reserves the right to change or amend these guidelines at any time without notice.
Penn College has carefully developed the following page content guidelines to promote the free flowing exchange of ideas about your interests, activities, and hobbies, and at the same time maintain standards consistent with Penn College, the Internet community, and the societies of the world at large.
The use of Penn College's website is a privilege, not a right. The following practices are deemed unacceptable for Penn College home pages; authors will have privileges revoked without notice if they are found to be in violation of these guidelines:
- Providing material that is grossly offensive to the Web community, including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred, or profanity
- Promoting illegal activities, or providing instructional information about illegal activities, or promoting physical harm or injury against any group or individual
- Using your personal home pages for commercial purposes, including but not limited to the following:
- Soliciting for advertisers or sponsors
- Offering any products or services for sale
- Soliciting for people or monetary contributions to a multi-level marketing or pyramid scheme
- Displaying a sponsorship banner of any kind, including those that are generated by banner or link exchange services, with the sole exception of Penn College
- Displaying banners for services that provide cash or cash-equivalent prizes to users in exchange for hyperlinks to their website
- Conducting raffles or contests that require any type of entry fee
- Providing material – or direct links to sites – containing nudity or pornographic material of any kind, or material that exploits images of children under 18 years of age
- Developing restricted or password-only access pages, or hidden pages or images (those not linked to from another accessible page)
- Promoting a pyramid scheme or multi-level marketing business
- Using your page (or directory) as storage for remote loading or as a door or signpost to another server
- Using copyrighted material without prior permission from the author
- Violating Internet standards for the purpose of promoting your home page
- Developing pages that consist PRIMARILY of hyperlinks to content not allowed on Penn College home pages, including adult oriented sites and racial bigotry sites
- Publishing the name and/or e-mail address of another person without prior consent
Always remember to stay within the accepted use policies that govern Internet e-mail, and do not use it for the purpose of "spamming" newsgroups or individuals, conducting unwanted solicitations of groups or individuals, harassing or threatening anyone, or for the purpose of conducting any illegal activities.
Users who are in violation of these policies will have their pages removed without warning.
Pennsylvania College of Technology follows the regulations set forth by Penn State University, which adheres to the Federal Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code). According to this law, any material bearing a Notice of Copyright cannot be reproduced without written permission of the copyright owner. The copyright notice must appear on each reproduction of such material.
Therefore, do not assume that all images on the Internet are free for one and all to use. Many graphic images are copyrighted.
Most, if not all, original pages end with a signature that describes who wrote the page, and who to contact for more information. You can also include copyright information, a hot-link to your own e-mail address, and any other useful information. A line about copyright might look like this:
Copyright © 1996 Pennsylvania College of Technology. All Rights Reserved.