Checklist

All VCU websites must comply with or include the following:

General  
The website must comply with VCU copyright policies.
You are not using your website to promote commercial activity outside of official university business. ✔ 
If your website contains sexually explicit content, you have a written warning statement, and the content is accessible only through a password mechanism.
Your primary domain is hosted at VCU (or has been approved for hosting outside of the university).
A unit's primary web presence can not be a blog.
At least one site owner (technical contact) must be listed in the VCU A-Z website manager.
The website must contain a helpful 404 error page.
Required Content  
A link to the VCU homepage with "Virginia Commonwealth University" spelled out.
A link to the parent organization for your department or school (if applicable).
Contact information (address, phone, email) for your organization (This can be placed on a separate contact page that is linked from every page.)
The most recent date the site or page was last updated or reviewed.

No instances of "PO Box ####." Due to a Trademark by the USPS, use "Box ####" instead.

Branding
The official VCU or VCU Health branding bar is loaded at the top of the page and is not obstructed from view or have any elements on top of it.
The "Virginia Commonwealth University" text in the branding bar links backs to the VCU homepage in a blank window.
The "Make it real" text in the branding bar links to campaign.vcu.edu in a blank window.
On mobile devices and smaller viewports the “Make it real” VCU branding footer is visible at the bottom of the page.
You are not referencing “VCU” or using any other unofficial logos or seals anywhere on the page.
Accessibility 
The website passes the WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standard.
The website contains a link to a “text only” version of the website.
The website contains zero HTML validation errors.
The website contains a "Skip to content" anchor link after the opening body tag.
Captioning Guidelines  
VCU requires any employee creating audio and audiovisual media intended for the general public to use appropriate captioning.  
VCU encourages instructors to use captioned videos and audio recordings as a best practice for accessible course design and requires instructors to ensure that any videos or recorded audio materials are captioned or transcribed for a student requiring such accommodation and registered with the appropriate disability office (Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity on the Monroe Park Campus or Division for Academic Success on the MCV Campus).
Captioning is required for media intended for use by any VCU employee who has a relevant accommodation agreement on file with the ADA Coordinator.

Content Management
All websites requiring a content management system where multiple users are editing the content will be required to use an approved content management platform.
A link to  “Direct Edit” mode of your site must be included in the footer of every page.
All navigation links should use native CMS tags, so that only external links are hardcoded; users should be able to navigate your website within Preview mode or Direct Edit mode without getting pushed out to an external domain.
Effort should be made to utilize the design neutral plugin system where applicable. Duplication of functionality already written into a centralized plugin should be restricted. 
All CMS templates should be modularized to include configurable global header and footer sections.
Mobile 
All new VCU websites are required to be “mobile-friendly.”
All mobile website buttons and inputs must have a decent tap target area.
The website does not use Flash.
All content that is visible on a large viewport must be navigable and be able to be consumed on smaller screens.
Security 
Any pages asking for logins or passwords are loaded over SSL. 
Sensitive student and health data is protected by secure passwords. Sensitive data that may be requested through forms on your site is transmitted over a secure connection.
Design & Browser Compatibility 
The website works on modern versions of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.
The website does not use tables as a layout.
Website styles should be included via external CSS stylesheet; excessive use of inline styles is not permitted. The website should also be readable with stylesheets turned off.
The website contains at least a default 16x16px favicon.
Domains 
The top level domain of your site must be vcu.edu unless the website has a specific business need. Exceptions for a different top level domain must be granted by University Relations.
The website domain must not include a person’s name unless the center, lab, or organization is permanently named after that person in gratitude.