Privacy and Archive Policies
Web authoring is necessarily a public activity. Once you put a page on the web, it is available to anyone on the internet who knows the url. At the same time, Federal FERPA guidelines dictate that as a student in a public university, you have the right to control access to how information such as what courses you are enrolled in is made public.
In this class, I must see your work on the web to evaluate it properly. You can't really be sure what a website will look like until you view it through a web server. You do not, however, have to put any information on your websites that discloses your identity, such as your name, your school, or your email address unless you choose to do so. To me, the point of FERPA is that it is your information, and you get to decide how it is used.
If you have any concerns about disclosing personal information on the web, please discuss those concerns with me, and we will make whatever accommodations are needed.
This site contains archives of student work that date back to 1994. Situating current student work in the context of past work is an important part of my pedagogy. This archive will continue in some form as long as I am teaching at Illinois State.
I only archive work that is stored on our server (students.english.ilstu.edu). It is fine with me if you keep your class projects on other web servers, but they will not be included in the class archives. Part of the point of archiving is to control the location of the material to ensure that the archive is maintained properly.
After I have completed grading at the end of the semester, your continued participation in this archive is entirely voluntary. The fact that your work is archived on this site does not in any way abridge your rights to or control of that material. At any time after the semester, you may remove your files from the students.english.ilstu.edu server, or you can contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 309 438-7648), and I will promptly delete your materials or any part of those materials.