Web Services

Site-Maintainers Agreement

Upon completion of Cascade training, site owners and content maintainers are responsible for the content they post to the campus web. Below is the agreement to follow best practices on a CSU, Chico website.

As a Cascade user, I understand that I am responsible for ensuring that my website meets the following requirements:

University Related

  • Cascade is for official University sites—academic units, departments and offices, etc.—not for student clubs, course content, storing classified data, or teaching or personal faculty/staff sites.
  • Avoid advertising. It is acceptable to name a corporate partner or event sponsor. Partner and sponsor logos must be displayed smaller than the University logo on the site.
  • All digital communication on behalf of the University is subject to review by University Communications.

Accessible to All Users


  • Do not use your Cascade folders to store Level 1 data.
  • Do not publish personal data such as home addresses.
  • Check in with Web Services before embedding forms, feeds, or other code.
  • Limit the number of links to non-CSU, Chico sites, and check those links carefully.

Quality Content

  • Keep pages clean and organized, free of misspellings and broken links.
  • Write according to the standards in the University Communicators Guide.
  • Regularly update content based on audience needs as determined by analytics.
  • Create short and easily scannable pages.
  • Consider mobile users: cut text to the essentials, limit images and videos.
  • Use images that are correctly sized, visually interesting, well lit, and in focus.
  • Use only graphics that you have permissions for, and follow the University Photo Policy.
  • Do not use the CSU, Chico website to reproduce or distribute copyrighted material without the author's or publisher's permission.

Consistency in University Branding & User Experience

Organized for Ease of Maintenance

  • Keep folders and assets organized, and follow site naming conventions.
  • Limit the use of external links, and use internal (relative) links when sending users to other CSU, Chico Cascade sites.
  • Delete or archive unused pages, documents, and assets.
  • Do not store new page drafts in Cascade, as sites may be published at any time.

Please contact Web Services through the Website Design & Support service catalog or at webservices@csuchico.edu for any assistance with the above requirements.