Official Information Policy and Procedure

Policy overview

1 Purpose

This policy provide information about Official Information and the USQ Website

2 Scope

This policy refers to official information which is used in a wide range of corporate publications, including, but not limited to, the University Handbook, Undergraduate Guide to Programs, Postgraduate Guide to Programs, Faculty Brochures, International Undergraduate Guide, International Postgraduate Guide, Enrolment CD and the USQ Web site.

3 Policy Statement

3.1 Official Information

  • The Vice-Chancellor will be responsible for the definition of official information.
  • USQ will ensure the accuracy and currency of official information via the deployment of a system of single source official information management, to enable on-demand production of web, PDF, CD-ROM and traditional print publications
  • The content of all official University publications will be managed via the XML-based knowledge management system developed by the DeC Software Development team, and the Web Content Management System, managed by the Internet Systems Design, Development and Integration (ISDDI) team, following the procedures outlined below.

3.2 USQ Website

  • Responsibility for editorial and quality control of content on the USQ website will be assigned to the University e-Publishing Manager.
  • Responsibility for content creation and maintenance within each sub-site will be assigned to each organisational unit (refer to Attachment 2).

4 Principles

This policy refers to official information which is used in a wide range of corporate publications, including, but not limited to, the University Handbook, Undergraduate Guide to Programs, Postgraduate Guide to Programs, Faculty Brochures, International Undergraduate Guide, International Postgraduate Guide, Enrolment CD and the USQ Web site (refer to Attachment 1).

The content of USQ publications plays a key role in presenting the University to its key target audiences, as well as to the general community. The production of official publications requires a commitment to accurate, current and relevant content. Risks associated with ignoring this commitment may include the creation of a negative image for the University and exposing the University to civil action (where persons have been misinformed due to outdated or incorrect information, breach of copyright or defamation), or criminal action (where obscene, libellous or inflammatory material has been published under the University's name).

Because traditional methods and tools provide little or no support for repurposing information at a modular level, staff often spend time re-creating information that already exists. This raises the cost of information creation, increases the risk of inconsistencies, and increases the cost of ongoing improvements because staff must update each of the multiple copies that exist.

Single source, corporate information management involves developing and maintaining a coordinated infrastructure for collating, managing and publishing information in a unified, structured manner throughout the University. Information is modularised and structured in a manner that follows reproducible and efficient patterns that create components which can be assembled and published as required.

5 Procedures

5.1 Official Information

Within each organisational unit, a workflow for official content creation and maintenance will be specified and will include:

  • a custodian who will have overall authority for the organisational unit's content, and who will delegate responsibility to:
    • one or a limited number of editors, who will be responsible for ensuring accuracy, relevance, timeliness and adherence to editorial standards prior to publication; and
    • one or a limited number of authors who will be responsible for creating content.

5.2 USQ Website

Information within University websites will be categorised into tiers based on the importance to the core business of the University of the content contained therein.

The three broad tiers are:

  1. Tier 1, which includes all corporate content essential to the core business of the University (e.g.: centrally-maintained navigation pages; home and high-level faculty, department, Library and administrative/support unit pages).
  2. Tier 2, which includes non-essential content that may still be regarded as important to the business of the University (e.g.: lower level faculty, department, Library and administrative/support unit pages; development and demonstration sites; one-off sites with limited life spans). Logically, as part of a regular maintenance process, a majority of content within this tier will eventually move to Tier 1 or cease being published.
  3. Tier 3, which includes all other content (e.g. staff and student personal home pages). Tier 3 sites do not include official USQ content.

The Vice-Chancellor, with the advice of the ICT Strategy Committee and the Vice-Chancellor's Executive (VCE), will be responsible for the categorisation of sites.

The University e-Publishing Manager will have overall authority for editorial and quality control issues relating to Tiers 1 and 2 content creation and maintenance, and will ensure adherence to Editorial Standards for the USQ Website (refer to Attachment 3). Pages which are deemed to fit into one or more of the following categories may be removed by the University e-Publishing Manager, in consultation with the relevant Custodian:

  • pages which contain outdated or incorrect information which may cause website users to be misinformed;
  • pages which contain information which may be in breach of copyright or defamation laws; or
  • pages which contain obscene, libellous or inflammatory material.

Priority for development/redevelopment will be based on the categorisation.

  • Information and communication technology resources and support will be provided, consistent with the designated Tier as defined in 5.1 above. Tier 1 sites will be afforded the maximum available resources and support so as to ensure that disruption is avoided at all times.
  • An accountability framework will be used to provide content which meets corporate identity and editorial standards, provides acceptable and useful methods of archiving and versioning of information and audit trails, and addresses copyright and other legal issues.

This framework will be managed via a content management system. The specified system for use of sites that fall within the auspices of this policy is the Microsoft Web Content Management System.

  • Structure: Responsibility for creation, maintenance and revision of site structure (information architecture) is assigned to ISDDI, with the requirement of consultation with stakeholders including management and staff of the relevant organisational unit.
  • Corporate Identity Standards: The responsibility for adherence to web corporate identity standards is assigned to ISDDI, with the requirement of consultation with DEC Graphics, Marketing and Public Relations and other relevant staff.
  • Accessibility: Responsibility for moving towards conformance with emerging international web accessibility standards is assigned to ISDDI, with the requirement of usability testing and consultation with stakeholders including students, staff and visitors to the USQ website.

The USQ Staff Search (http://apps.usq.edu.au/usqwebsite/aspnet/staffsearch/default.aspx) will be used by the University to provide information about its staff. The Staff Search database uses a combination of centrally-maintained information and information maintained by each individual staff member:

  • The following fields will be maintained centrally by Human Resources:
    • Name (title, first name, family name)
    • Position
    • Section
    • Office
    • Phone
    • Extension
    • Email
    • Qualifications
  • The following fields will be maintained by each individual staff member, via an online form submitted through USQConnect:
    • Home Page
    • Professional Memberships
    • Research Interests
    • Recent Research Outcomes
    • Currently Teaching Courses/Programs
    • Teaching Experience
    • Administrative Responsibilities

6 Attachments

6.1 Single Source Repository for University Publications

Single Source Repository for University Publications

6.2 Responsible Unit

Type of Information

Responsible Unit

Custodian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

Centre for Australian Indigenous Knowledges

Director, CAIK

Academic program and course details

Faculty (or unit, e.g. LTSU) offering the program/course

Dean (or Director)

Accommodation (off-campus)

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Student Relationship

Accommodation (on-campus)

Residential Colleges

Director, Residential Colleges

Admissions

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Recruitment

Applications

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Student Relationships

Buildings, facilities and grounds (including parking and security)

Facilities Management

Group Manager, Facilities Management

Enrolments

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Enrolments

Examinations and Graduations

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Exams and Assessment /Graduations

External studies, including support services

Distance and e-Learning Centre

Director, Distance and e-Learning Centre

Fees

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Fees and Remissions

Human Resources Policy

Human Resources

Group Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Services

IBIS Student System

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Student Systems

Information and Communication Technology services to staff and students

Division of ICT Services

Chief Technology Officer, Division of ICT Services

International program

USQ International

Director, USQ International

Library

Library

University Librarian

Organisational structure

Corporate Services

Director, Corporate Services

Planning, Statistics and Quality

Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Vice-Chancellor

Preparatory programs

LTSU

Director, LTSU

Research (including postgraduate research students)

Office of Research and Higher Degrees

Manager, Office of Research and Higher Degrees

Staff details (qualifications, position name, level etc)

Human Resources

Group Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Services

Student academic support services

LTSU

Director, LTSU

Student pastoral support services

Student Management Division

Group Manager, Student Relationship

University policies and procedures (except Human Resources Policy Manual)

Corporate Services (via University Calendar)

Director, Corporate Services

6.3 Editorial Standards for the USQ Website

The USQ editorial standards can be found at the following site https://www.usq.edu.au/~/media/USQ/Webpublishing/a-editorial-standards.ashx

7 References

Nil.

8 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

9 Policy Information

Subordinate Schedules

Accountable Officer

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Services)

Responsible Officer

Director (Student and Academic Support)

Policy Type

Executive Policy

Approved Date

1/9/2006

Effective Date

1/9/2006

Review Date

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

ICT Information Management and Security Policy

Records and Information Management Policy

Related Procedures

Related forms, publications and websites

University Information and Communication Technology Resource Security Guidelines

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Keywords

Record No

13/488PL

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