Website Guidelines

The official University of New England website ( presents the University to a wide variety of audiences, including prospective students, faculty, and staff; current students, faculty, and staff; alumni; donors; the local community; and the general public.

Our site is primarily intended as a recruiting and informational tool for prospectives, presenting up-to-date information about the University, our admissions processes and policies, academic programs, research, student involvement opportunities, and other items of interest to those considering applying to UNE. 

It also serves as a tool for current faculty, students, and staff, allowing them to access our academic catalog, library services, dining hall information, maps, and more.

Finally, the site serves as UNE's primary digital face to the general public, showcasing our brand; sharing stories about our students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni; and publicizing our many programs and events that enrich the community.


The central UNE website consists of more than 170 subsites that represent different colleges, programs, departments, centers, offices, and other official units across the University. Each subsite has its own set of banner images and its own navigation.

To ensure that our site remains relevant to our key audiences and easy to navigate for our users, we maintain a set of guidelines around creating and maintaining subsites. The following units may request their own subsites:

  • Colleges
  • Academic Departments
  • Centers and Institutes
  • Administrative Units (e.g., Student Affairs, Institutional Research)
  • Major central annual events (e.g., Commencement, Orientation)

​Other requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. In order to warrant a unique subsite, content must be robust and require its own navigation; in other words, if your content is a single page, it is not eligible.

Managing Subsite Edits

Subsite updates can be managed in two ways:

  1. Communications will manage your updates for you. Since only the communications team may add/edit photos, change menu structures, and modify page layouts, this is the most efficient way to make your updates. Our web team can also help you optimize your page layouts and edit your content to ensure compliance with our writing guidelines. If you’d like to make changes to your subsite, please email change requests to April Forristall.
  2. Your unit may designate one site editor. Once these site editors complete our required web training, they may submit their updates through the site directly. This option is best for units making minor edits to their web copy, as site editor privileges are limited and do not permit instant publishing. See Site Editor Access for more information.

Site Editor Access

If your unit would like to submit your change requests through the website itself (rather than through the communications team), you may designate a site editor. Site editors do not have permission to add/edit photos, change menu structures, or modify page layouts; this option is best suited for departments making minor changes to their web copy.

All edits are moderated and published by the Office of Communications to ensure quality and adherence to our brand and editorial guidelines. 

Web training is required for all site editors. These one-hour sessions will give you the skills you need to manage edits to the copy of your site and submit these changes for review through 

To sign up for the next web training, please monitor the UNE Community Notice. 


All UNE faculty and professional staff members should have an online profile on Profiles contain your name, title, contact information, bio, a headshot, recent publications, and more, helping both internal and external audiences understand who you are and what you do. 

Though the Office of Communications manages the overall website, faculty/staff profiles are owned by individual faculty/staff members. This enables you to manage your own entry so that it is as up-to-date as possible. Having ownership over your own profile also allows you to update your entry as frequently as you would like.

Managing Profile Edits

To edit your existing profile, visit Log in using your U-Online username and password, then follow the instructions outlined in our step-by-step profile guide.

Step-by-Step Guide

If you are a new faculty/staff member and need a profile to be created for you, please contact Sarah Wissler.

Profile Editor Access

It is possible to allow your profile to be managed by another person in your department — for example, some departments have designated their departmental office manager as the owner of all faculty profiles within that department.

If you’d like another person to manage your profile, contact Sarah Wissler. Please note that profiles may have only one designated editor; if you request that another person manage your profile, you will lose access.

Our Brand

The University of New England website presents a branded image of the University to the general public and to prospective students and the greater community as well as to our own students, faculty, and staff. The brand has been established to support quality images, logo treatment, colors, and a professional sense of place. It is important that the brand be upheld.

More detailed brand guidelines regarding UNE's digital presence are currently in development and will be posted here once available.