Governance, Standards and Compliance

The Web Steering Committee facilitates web governance at NIU. The committee provides centralized oversight of the development and maintenance of NIU websites, as well as consistent representation of the NIU brand through standard roles and processes.

NIU sites follow both internal and external laws, policies and guidelines.

Policies and Standards

NIU provides information to a broad, diverse audience on many platforms. To ensure the consistency and effectiveness of university communications, NIU websites are guided by the following:


NIU websites must comply with the following:


NIU websites may not contain copyrighted content unless written permission has been received (web standard 3.1 Copyright). For more information, read The Basics of Copyright in the University Setting (PDF), a guide developed by NIU’s legal office.


NIU websites must be accessible to people with disabilities and must comply with:

NIU sites also follow the international web accessibility standards produced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The web team works with NIU’s information technology accessibility officer and the Division of Information Technology to implement technical specifications for accessibility, such as font size and color contrast. Web team members and collaborators ensure the accessibility of text and other web content.

Guidance for Faculty Sites

Faculty sites are governed by the Web Communications Policy for Faculty and don’t need to follow web standards, communications standards or the editorial style guide.

Contact Us

Web and Internal Communications
Holly Nicholson
Assistant Director of Web Communications

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