These Web Standards pertain to all websites hosted at ecu.edu. By using web services on the ecu.edu domain, you are agreeing to adhere to the terms and conditions explained on this page.
In addition to the standards and responsibilities outlined here, website owners are also required to follow the regulations and guidelines found on the Web Compliance page.
The following are the responsibilities and requirements for which you, an owner of content available via a website on the ecu.edu domain, are responsible. These responsibilities include compliance with federal and state laws and applicable ECU policies and the items in the lists below:
For owners with direct access to their web directory, the administrators' group must not be modified or removed from the web directory permissions. Full administrator control for the administrators' group is necessary to execute application security software and to maintain web services. If the administrators' group is removed or permissions are changed, server administrators will re-add the administrators' group and/or return the permissions to full control, removing individual permissions.
East Carolina University has adopted WCAG 2.0 Level AA as our goal for meeting our IT accessibility commitments. The Level AA success criteria provides a reasonable target for websites and web applications, and additionally serve as a useful metric for products and services.
WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008, and is organized around the following four principles:
WCAG 2.0 has three levels which include (a) Level A establishes a baseline level of conformance and covers a basic set of core accessibility issues (such as alternate text on images and captions on videos), (b) Level AA includes additional success criteria such as providing a visible focus indicator for keyboard users and ensuring sufficient color contrast, and (c) Level AAA is the highest level of conformance.
For more information about WCAG 2.0, please review the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Overview and the WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines.
If your site has older content that exists for record keeping or historical purposes, and is infrequently accessed and never updated, then we recommend clearly labeling this content as "Archived" and focusing your accessibility improvements on new content and content that is frequently accessed.
If you have an accommodation request, please contact Disability Support Services.
All official university web pages are required to be hosted on university-approved resources and follow the minimum requirements that have been established. These requirements were created to promote consistency and quality.
Official web pages are defined by ECU's Web Regulation, include the following:
"Official university web pages include the East Carolina University home page (www.ecu.edu); academic department and program pages; office, administrative, and support unit pages; news and information pages; and any other World Wide Web address that is otherwise sponsored or endorsed or created on authority of a University Department or Administrative Unit; including course pages residing outside the secure course management system."
For the purposes of these standards, if the web page includes the wordmark, logo or any approved type treatment or mark of the university, it must adhere to these standards.
A reference to East Carolina University must appear in the top left corner of each web page and link to www.ecu.edu. The wordmark as shown on the ECU home page is preferred. However, if deviation from this wordmark is necessary, then follow the branding guidelines.
The bottom of each web page must contain the following:
Web pages should download quickly and efficiently. If needed, larger documents can be divided into smaller documents. Optimize graphics for rapid loading across typical network connection speeds and mobile devices.
Use of university-related photos is encouraged.
Web development is a serious responsibility, and if not done properly, will expose the website and university networks to security threats. Any development should be completed by trained programmers and follow industry as well as ECU standards.