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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 150 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
  • Schools
  • 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 to 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 your change requests to April Forristall-St Michel, digital production editor.
  2. Your unit may designate one site editor. Once these site editors complete 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.

Site Editor Access

Due to the website redesign project currently underway, we are no longer offering training sessions for the current website, as this training will be obsolete within the next year. Information regarding training sessions for the new website will be posted here once available.


University of New England publications follow the Associated Press, or AP, style of writing, with the exception of scholarship written for purely academic audiences. 

The UNE Style Guide contains a selection of words, terms, and usage issues that commonly arise when writing about a university. It provides short explanations of proper AP style for each, as well as information about other stylistic practices UNE has adopted. 


All UNE faculty and professional staff members should have an online profile on Profiles contain your name, title, contact information, bio, a headshot, 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 profile manual.

Step-by-Step Guide

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

Profile Editor Access

It is possible to allow your profile to be managed by another person in your department; some departments have designated their departmental office manager as the owner of all faculty profiles within that department. This approach helps to maintain consistency across departments.

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