Standards and Compliance

NIU websites are governed by internal standards and policies, as well as external regulations. If you work on an NIU website, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines.


In general, NIU websites are created and maintained according to the Web Communications Policy.

Guidelines for faculty sites are explained in the Web Communications Policy for Faculty.


NIU shares information with a broad, diverse audience through a variety of platforms. To ensure the consistency and effectiveness of NIU communications, the university developed the following standards:

Please note: These standards do not apply to faculty sites in order to provide flexibility for their unique needs.


All NIU websites must comply with the following regulations:

They must also meet copyright and accessibility laws and regulations.


Copyrighted content may not be included on an NIU website unless written permission has been received (see Web Standards section 3.1, Copyright). For more information on copyright, refer to The Basics of Copyright in the University Setting (PDF), a guide created by the NIU Office of General Counsel.


As a state institution, all NIU websites and information technologies must be accessible to people with disabilities. They must comply with the following:

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative provides helpful tips for getting started with web accessibility. Here are some immediate actions you can take to improve a website's accessibility:


Contact Us

Web and Internal Communications
Rachel Xidis
Director of Digital Strategy

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