Standards

Except as noted, all standards are applicable to all relevant activities sanctioned by or funded by Western Michigan University, in part or whole.

WMU has a vested, legal interest in the use of its name, symbols and registered marks. Among the shared values for the University's Web presence are several that speak to the importance of standards, including, "Consistency is the most important factor in ease of navigation and effective communication."

Petitions for exemption from any electronic communication policy or standard, except those prescribed by law, may be made by contacting the director of electronic communication in the Office of University Relations.

  • An informal discussion with the director of electronic communication is the recommended first step. Among other things, the director will provide guidance for filing the strongest written petition possible.
  • After a written appeal is submitted, the director of electronic communication, at his or her discretion, may grant or reject an exemption, or may refer the matter to the Web Governance Council for consideration.
  • If the director rejects the petition, the petitioner may appeal to the Web Governance Council. If the council rejects the petition, the petitioner may modify the petition and file for reconsideration. If the council rejects the petition twice, there is no further recourse.