Web Services

Chico Web Hosting User Agreement

CSU, Chico’s Chico Web Hosting is a web hosting service for the campus community for sites that fall outside Cascade and YourWeb constraints. It gives the University departments, offices, and clubs a place to create their own personalized web spaces free from the constraints of the official campus web framework.

Chico Web Hosting is for University departments, offices, and clubs only. Your account will be determined upon the yearly fee of $47.85. You have the option to move your content to a fee-based Reclaim Hosting domain outside of Chico Web Hosting or to another location of your choice if cancellation occurs.

Although CSU, Chico is not responsible for site content, the University reserves the right to monitor Chico Web Hosting sites and disable any users in violation of the user agreement.

Appropriate Usage

Each user of CSU, Chico’s computer communications systems is responsible for the material that he or she chooses to send or display using the campus computing/communication resources. These guidelines are in support of and directly related to the existing Policy on Use of Computing and Communications Technology, Executive Memorandum-97-018(opens in new window) and Executive Memorandum 07-01(opens in new window) .

Be nice online!

Chico Web Hosting sites are public and may be located through web searches. They are also connected to a site owner. Do not publish anything online that may harm or damage any person, including their reputation.
Harassment and threats of violence will be reported to law enforcement officials and/or Student Affairs.


Most books, journals, magazines, photographs, art, sound recordings, computer programs, and websites are protected by copyright law. In addition, architecture, motion pictures, and dance choreography can also be protected by the law. So when you use ideas, words, or phrases, images, or sounds from another source, be sure to seek out the copyright holder and obtain permission before you include that work in your social media copy.

For more details, refer to the Use of Copyrighted Materials page(opens in new window) on the Meriam Library website.


Do not use “someone else’s work, including words, ideas, projects, and/or any other material without citing the source.” (Policy on Academic Integrity and the Establishment of the Academic Integrity Council; Revised Executive Memorandum 04-036)

Photo Use Policy

See also “Photo Policy(opens in new window)” in CSU, Chico’s University Publication Guide
Posting photos on your social media sites is an effective way to generate engagement, but it’s important to follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Never use a photo from another source without permission from the copyright holder of that photo.
  2. If you’re shooting photos in a public space, such as outside a building on campus, you do not need to secure permission from people you photograph. But, if you shoot photos inside a building or at a non-public event, we recommend that you get written permission from everyone in your photos.
  3. If you photograph minors, you need permission from their guardians or parents. You can print the standard CSU image release forms from the Web in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF): CSU Branding Standards(opens in new window).


Do not publish Level 1 data on Chico Web Hosting sites. Level 1 data is confidential and includes passwords and PINs, credit card numbers and other financial information, health records, and law enforcement records.

Adhere to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of students and prohibits universities from sharing students’ confidential data without the consent of the student. Some examples of data considered confidential under FERPA are grades, student id numbers, and dates of birth.

Check links, embeds, web applications, and other outside content carefully.

Do not impersonate third parties, including CSU, Chico, or other universities, businesses, organizations, or individuals.


Chico Web Hosting sites must be accessible to all audiences. To learn more about how to develop accessible websites, see the Accessibility(opens in new window) section of the University Communicators Guide.

System Information

Chico Web Hosting programs including WordPress are updated regularly by the administrators for security reasons. You will not be able to bypass updates.
CSU, Chico limits the amount of space for each domain. You will be contacted if your space usage is too high for the University to support.

CSU, Chico is not responsible for problems associated with installed applications. Support is provided by the vendors providing each service.