Home Page Development Guidelines

The rules for web home pages are few because we hope that all the students make their own mature decisions. The guidelines are those that can be gleaned from the Life Together Covenant and the Appropriate Use policies. The Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department reserves the right to view any web page and to restrict the contents thereof. For this reason and for accountability, all home pages will have a link from the CSE page before it has any other links pointing to it. Please contact a student system administrator when you wish your home page to be added to the list.


The main usage of the CSE web server is for the use of the CSE department and CSE majors, but exceptions for non-CSE majors and alumni will be made at the discretion of the CSE department.


We would like to follow the Taylor model of student confrontation. If a student finds something disagreeable on another student’s home page, they should try to work it out among themselves. If they cannot settle it, they should take it to the Computing Systems Resources Manager. If something is found to be distasteful, it will be dealt with appropriately.


Many types of information are clearly stated as being right or wrong, but a few are not so easily known. For that reason, the CSE department has compiled a list of suggested items that may be put on a home page, as well as some that should not be there.


Items to include:

▷ A resume
▷ Class and personal projects
▷ Personal information
▷ Interests, hobbies, etc. (when they are within the LTC)
▷ “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy”—put these things on your home page (Philippians 4:8 revised)


Items not to include:

▷ The Taylor University logo (the Taylor logo is for official Taylor publications only)
▷ Personal information about others (this includes phone numbers, addresses, student ID listings, and email addresses)
▷ Badmouthing (gossip or slander)
▷ Pornography (or nudity of any sort), foul language, etc.
▷ Links to anything questionable
▷ Information about “Taylor community” issues (remember that the people viewing your page may be unfamiliar with Taylor University and do not need to be informed of current campus controversies)
▷ Rule of Thumb: Think conservatively. If in doubt, check with the Computer Resource Manager, or leave it off.

As confirmed in the past, Taylor is subject to external attacks from all sides, which means we need to be “above reproach” to minimize our risk. Remember that those viewing student pages may base their opinion of Taylor on what they see on CSE’s web server.