The campus Web site www.umass.edu is UMass’s public facing presence and identity to the online world. Designated individuals from legitimate campus organizations within the University community manage the information and Web pages hosted on this server. IT administers the infrastructure supporting the site and acts only as the publisher of this information.
Any legitimate campus organization may make information available via the campus Web server. A legitimate campus organization can be a school, an administrative office, an academic department, or other officially recognized campus entity.
Sites will be created under the www.umass.edu URL in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University.
To learn more about the options available for design and development of a Drupal site, contact the University Relations Web Development Group.
Site Administrator Contract
Each organization requesting a website must designate a “Site Administrator” and have a signed Information Provider Contract (pdf, 81k) on file with IT.
Responsibilities of the Department Head
By signing this contract, the Dean/Department Head/Director of the campus organization agrees to:
- Designate a Site Administrator.
- Notify IT if the Site Administrator designee for their web site changes.
- Abide by this agreement and any other applicable campus policies, paying particular attention to IT’s Acceptable Use Policy.
- Stress the importance of providing accurate and up-to-date information to a world-wide community.
Responsibilities of the Site Administrator
By signing the contract, the Site Administrator agrees to:
- Be the primary contact for their web site.
- Provide IT with up to date contact information, including off-hour and secondary contact information.
- Keep a valid UMass Amherst email account.
- Ensure that in the subsidiary NetID account housing the site is kept active.
- Any modules installed or requested by the vendor must be either listed on the Approved Modules List, or vetted by IT prior to the site going into production.
- The site will be designed with portability in mind, using relative paths, to insure a smooth transition between development, test, and production environments
- Use the IT hosted Development and Test Servers to verify site functionality and compliance with UMass Drupal configuration.
- Test and verify sites are not negatively impacted by scheduled software patches and upgrades
- Be responsible for the accuracy and currency of the information his/ her organization provide.
- Keep only documents pertaining to the organizational web page on the WWW server (www.umass.edu) and abide by any limits of the storage space allocation provided.
- Design theme must adhere to the UMass Amherst Web Identity Guidelines as described on the University Relations Web site. Site themes must be approved by University Relations.
If you encounter problems, contact the IT Help Center at 413-545-9400.