3.1 Copyright

NIU must respect the rights of copyright owners. You may not include copyrighted content on an NIU website unless you've received written permission from the copyright owner. Any content, photo, image, logo or media that doesn’t meet copyright laws will be removed from the NIU website. There are some exceptions to this for use of copyrighted materials in certain educational settings. To learn more, read The Basics of Copyright in the University Setting (PDF). For specific guidance, contact the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships or the Office of General Counsel.

3.2 Accessibility

As a state institution, the NIU website is required to comply with the Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (IITAA) which requires Illinois agencies and universities to ensure that their websites, information systems and information technologies are accessible to people with disabilities. Page managers should review IITAA requirements on a regular basis.

Refer to our Content Accessibility page for helpful tips on ensuring that your content is accessible.

3.3 Privacy Policy Updated

Cascade users must review the university’s Website Privacy Policy to make sure all pages are in compliance. Please note that NIU is prohibited by law from requiring an individual to transmit their social security number over the internet, unless the connection is secure or the social security number is encrypted. Please also see the NIU Information Security Procedure.

All NIU websites must comply with the following:

Due to potential FERPA violation, websites may not include a general listing of the names of students in a non-employment capacity. However, as employees, names of graduate assistants, research assistants and teaching assistants may be provided. Contact the Web Team about photos before posting.

3.4 General Data Protection Regulation Statement

NIU complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an enforceable regulation that standardizes data protection and privacy. New visitors to the NIU website see a message at the bottom of their screen about our use of cookies. They can click either "Got It" to indicate their understanding or "Learn more" to read our privacy notice.

3.5 Fundraising

The NIU Foundation is responsible for all gifts and donations to NIU. Web pages on the NIU domain cannot solicit donations without the prior consent of the Foundation.

Contact Us

For more information about web support and development, contact: 

Holly Nicholson
Still Hall 110