Template Guidelines

Official University Sites

What is an Official University Site?

Any site that directly represents an official university department, office or unit is required to use the Official University Template. Other sites include the university’s audience pages, program programs and others that directly represent the university.

Template Requirements

All official university sites are required to use the Official University Template. To learn more about the template, visit Official University Template Overview.

Homepage Exemption

The Florida Institute of Technology Homepage (www.fit.edu) is unique in design in order to meet the needs of the university. Therefore, the homepage is not required to use the Official University Template. All changes to the homepage must be approved by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Additional Guidelines

All Official University Site Pages should:

  1. Possess written content provided by official university representatives.
  2. Possess graphical content that has met with all college standards.
  3. Be developed by the official university Web Services staff using standard templates, W3C compliance, currency verifications and uniform asset usage policies.
  4. Possess architecture and implementation provided by official Web Services staff.
  5. Be maintained using the WCMS—which is centrally administered and overseen by Web Services.

All top-level pages (Home page, audience pages, etc) should:

  1. Be managed exclusively by the Office of Marketing and Communications staff.
  2. Be monitored regularly for currency of data, accuracy of information and management of dynamic content.
  3. Be updated/enhanced regularly (at least yearly) to maintain effective, current look/feel.

All tier 2 administrative level pages (HR, Finaid, Student Services, etc) should:

  1. Be managed by Web Services during build/enhancement stages of development, but maintained at the department level with support from Web Services.
  2. Adhere to all requirements for proper use of the college templates within a reasonable time frame of any site-wide enhancements.
  3. All colleges should have an officially designed, developed and managed portal page that conforms to all official university standards as set out above.
  4. All departments should have an officially developed portal page that conforms to all official university standards as set out above.

Non-Official University Sites

What is a Non-Official University Site?

Sites for research groups, student groups and events are permitted. Special projects initiated by University Marketing can also be considered “non-official.”

Requirements

Non-official sites are not required to use the Official University Template. These sites are required to include one of the following branding options.

Branding Options

Sites can use either of the flowing headers. These headers should be positioned above the site content and linked to www.fit.edu

Examples:

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Variations must be approved by Web Services.

Custom Logos

All logos intended for use for Florida Tech research groups, events or student groups must be approved by the Office of Marketing and Communications, prior to use. For more information, reference the Visual Identity Guide.