Below is the proposed
"Policy for Assigning Names on UVM's Web Site," which
would replace the "Acceptable Names in the uvm.edu Domain"
portion of the DNS policy at
UVM Web Team (Deb Goller,
Meredith Woodward King, Tatianna Salcedo)
Policy for Assigning Names on
UVM's Web Site
This policy discusses options for URL names in the uvm.edu domain for
UVM departments and organizations; non-UVM organizations sponsored by
UVM departments; and personal UVM Web sites.
In all cases, these three criteria apply:
1. Names will be in good taste and will not diminish the UVM name.
2. The use of externally provided DNS is not supported, may not
function properly, and is discouraged. Purchasing names from a
commercial organization (i.e., Register.com) is not allowed. The use
of a .com address implies COMmercial use which is against the UVM
usage policy on "Commercial Use." A publicized, named host
with "attractive" content may lead to high-traffic levels
which interfere with network performance. Such interference is against
the UVM usage policy on "Interfering with System Performance"
and may result in a loss of network privileges. Rarely, there may be
some legitimate purposes for external DNS provision. Contact
[log in to unmask] if you have questions.
3. Departments affiliated with the College of Medicine should contact
the college's technical services staff, Michael Caputo and Michael
Moody, at [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask]
>>>>>Naming Options for UVM Departmental and
Organizational Web Pages/Sites on
UVM departments and organizations should maintain their Web sites
under departmental accounts, and not those of individual staff,
faculty or students. This practice enable more than one person in a
department to access the account and also protects the department and
preserves the Web site once an individual leaves the university.
Option #1: Default Name (With Tilde)
UVM's primary Web server is www.uvm.edu (zoo), on which UVM
departments and organizations may publish pages. Following standard
World Wide Web practices for Internet service providers (ISPs),
UVM's default URL for zoo account Web pages uses a tilde (~). Thus,
the default URL for departments and organizations is:
where "acctname" is the 4-8-character login name for the Zoo
Option #2: Name Without Tilde
UVM departments and organizations on www.uvm.edu (zoo) also may
seek to drop the tilde from their URLs, changing from
www.uvm.edu/~departmentalname to www.uvm.edu/departmentalname .
Requests for such a change should be sent to the UVM Web Team at
[log in to unmask].
Departments hosting their Web pages on other servers also may be
considered for this naming convention.
UVM has certain naming conventions for such URLs. In order to register
a "no-tilde" (no ~) URL at UVM, the URL name must follow
this standardization, in order to maintain consistency on the UVM Web
site, to make URLs easier for Web users and to adhere to the
university's broader Web strategy:
1. Names should not include capital letters, and no spaces, hyphens,
dashes, apostrophes, underscores or other non-alphabetical
2. Departmental and organizational URLs should reflect, as much as
possible, the full name of the department or organization and avoid
using the eight-characters-or-less user ID, unless it makes sense to
do so, ie: www.uvm.edu/microbiology (instead of
www.uvm.edu/microbio) and www.uvm.edu/english would make
sense. In addition, we encourage you to use acronyms only if they are
readily understood by audiences inside and outside of UVM.
3. Departments offering services marketed toward a more universal
audience and reflecting not only departmental but university concerns
should work with the Web Team to create an appropriate name. In such
cases, the name should reflect university, not departmental concerns,
ie: www.uvm.edu/news, instead of
universitycommunications.uvm.edu; www.uvm.edu/calendar, instead
4. Name requests may be
rejected in order to reserve it for university-wide use or to avoid
confusion for users (in cases where the name could be misconstrued for
other departmental, organizational or university-wide sites).
5. Any name that might diminish UVM's academic mission or reputation
may be rejected.
A Word about Virtual Domains
In order to build consistency on the UVM Web site and to minimize the
impact on UVM's system programmers, the university limits the number
of virtual domains, such as http://departmentname.uvm.edu. All such
names will be run by the Web Team to conform with UVM's naming
For user-friendly URLs, it is suggested that departments and
organizations use the "Name Without a Tilde" option and
follow the suggested standardized naming process, above.
A Word about Departmental Servers
Departments seeking to run their own servers should contact
[log in to unmask] Server names will be run by the Web Team to conform with
UVM's naming conventions policy.
A Word about Subdomains
For UVM's policy on subdomains, see
>>>>>Names for Personal Web Pages/Sites on
Personal Web pages/sites on www.uvm.edu (zoo) will remain
www.uvm.edu/~yourname and are not eligible for any other naming
UVM departments and organizations are highly encouraged to maintain
their Web sites under departmental accounts, and not those of
individual staff, faculty or students.
Professional or Non-Profit Organizational Web Sites Sponsored by UVM
Occasionally, UVM may agree to provide a Web site for a professional
or other non-profit organizations as a community service.*
To do so, the non-UVM organization:
1. Needs a UVM department or organization to sponsor its Web site on
zoo as part of the UVM department's pages (or a separate zoo
account; see #3). The UVM department must submit the Form to Sponsor a
Professional or Non-Profit Organizational Web Site and/or Zoo
2. Must keep its site, via the UVM sponsor, on the www.uvm.edu
(zoo) server, in order to provide maximum security. All sites must be
maintained by UVM employees or students; members of the non-UVM group
should not be given access. If there is a compelling reason for the
site to be maintained outside of zoo, contact [log in to unmask]. Such
outside servers must abide by all of UVM's security regulations.
3. If needed, the UVM department may sponsor a separate zoo account
for the professional or other non-profit organization. All such
accounts ultimately must be approved by the director of Computing and
Information Technology (CIT). UVM reserves the right to discontinue
support of such sponsored Web sites at any time for any reason.
4. Needs approval of the sponsoring UVM's
department/organization's chair, director or assignee.
5. Needs to have a clear connection to UVM's academic mission.
6. Should be prepared to cover costs if significant UVM resources are
7. Cannot include partisan politics or commercial material on its
8. Should include an acknowledgment on all pages that the Web space is
provided by the University of Vermont, by adding a piece of HTML code
(provided by UVM).
The address will be www.uvm.org/xxxxxxxxx (with xxxxxxxx as
name of the organization). URL names will be run by the Web Team to
conform with UVM's naming conventions policy.
Names must follow this
standardization, in order to maintain consistency on the UVM Web site,
to make URLs easier for Web users and to adhere to the university's
broader Web strategy:
1. Names should not include
capital letters, and no spaces, hyphens, dashes, apostrophes,
underscores, or other non-alphabetical characters.
2. Names should reflect, as much as possible, the full name of the
organization and avoid using the eight-characters-or-less user ID,
unless it makes sense to do so.
3. Name requests may be rejected in order to reserve names for
university-wide use or to avoid confusion for users (in cases where
the name could be misconstrued for other departmental, organizational
or university-wide sites in the uvm.org or uvm.edu
4. Names that might diminish
UVM's academic mission or reputation may be rejected.
* UVM faculty, staff and students do not need to follow the above
approval process to sponsor off-campus organizations on their personal
Web sites. However, general UVM computer usage policy (see