Whittier.Domains Policies

Whittier.Domains Governance Policy

While Whittier College and DigLibArts are providing the infrastructure to allow students and faculty to create personal domains, Whittier College and DigLibArts do not routinely monitor web pages and do not assume responsibility for content within them notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary.  Whittier.College and DigLibArts reserves the right to monitor any site hosted within Whittier.Domains.  The authors of web pages are responsible for all content on their sites.

Use of Whittier.Domains is governed by the Whittier College Student Policy (see especially the  “Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities” and the “Social Media Guidelines”) the Social Media Policy and Guidelines, the Faculty Handbook, and the Employee Handbook.

Whittier.Domains sites or domain names may not include, or display content that includes the following:

  1. Any violation of the Whittier College Student Policies & Procedures.
  2. Any violation of the Acceptable Use of Technology Resources Policy.
  3. Any violation of the Student Conduct Policy.
  4. Any violation of the campus Nondiscrimination Policy.
  5. Copyright Violations: Web pages must be free from copyright violations.  Content providers are responsible to verify permission for any copied materials.
  6. Plagiarism: Avoid the use, either an intentional or unintentional representation, of another person’s ideas, writing, or images as one’s own, including materials found online, from another student or another class.
  7. Invasions of Personal Privacy.
  8. Social Security Numbers: Sites that include social security numbers must have all but the last four digits masked.
  9. Impersonations of third parties, including other universities, businesses, or organizations.
  10. Any item that suggests Whittier College orDigLibArts sponsorship (Whittier College logos are not allowed).
  11. Content that might cause harm the people you represent in your digital publications: If you can foresee any way in which your publication of voice, images, video, or text may adversely affect someone you work with on a project, you must refrain from publishing that material, even if the individual has signed a consent form.
  12. Illegal Content: Ensure that all links, applications, and digital content agreements are fully sanctioned by the original provider.
  13. Any other content deemed inappropriate for the Whittier College community.

Whittier College and DigLibArts allows students and employees to use their domains for personal and non-academic use, including personal hobbies, and other personal interests.

Whittier.Domains limits the amount of space for each domain. This space allotment may not be expanded until the user leaves the institution and begins to make payments on their domain, or if the user purchases their domain and upgrades their service through Reclaim Hosting.

For Faculty who are considering teaching with Whittier.Domains, access to any FERPA-related information must be secured.

Using a .whittier.domains subdomain vs. a domain

Whittier College and DigLibArts allows faculty members, students, and staff .whittier.domains subdomains free of charge through the Whittier.Domains hosting service under the following conditions:

  1. The requested domain name has not previously been used.
  2. The ownership of the domain name is retained by Whittier.College. The faculty member will not own the domain name and the domain will be considered Whittier College property.

By purchasing and registering your own domain (e.g. firstnamelastname.com) for a reduced price through Whittier.Domains, you will own your own content, and it will not be considered college property.

Digital Citizenship and Ethics

It’s important that users be able to interact freely with each other, with digital texts, and the larger digital communities. Meanwhile, it’s equally essential to safeguard people’s rights to privacy, personal security, and credit for their own creations and ideas.

Within this framework of digital citizenship, as you publish within your own domain, it’s important to be thoughtful about how you’ll work with people you may interview, photograph, film or otherwise represent in your online publications. Various kinds of work include representations of others.

Some good resources from Emory University on the subject of Digital Citizenship and Ethics

Leaving the College

All students and employees who leave the College are required to pay for domain hosting and domain name registration costs ($25 a year; subject to change) or move their sites within 6 months of their departure.  If you do not pay the fee or transfer your site, your domain will still be registered in your name, but you will no longer have access to your hosted content after you leave the college.


  1. Whittier DigLibArts and Reclaim Hosting support the cPanel, infrastructure, backups, accounts, and system access for Whittier.Domains.
  2. Major changes to the system will be communicated broadly when downtime is expected, but failures cannot always be predicted.
  3. Support requests can be made through several different channels.
    1. Go to the website http://whittier.domains/support (“Report a Problem”)
    2. Call 562-907-5121 (Monday-Friday from 9:00a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed for university holidays and breaks)
    3. Come to the DigLibArts Collaboratory (Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; closed during campus holidays)
  4. Whittier.Domains is not responsible for problems associated with each installed application (upgrades, defects, usability, etc.).  Application support is provided by their respective individual vendors who are responsible for all changes.