Use of technology for commerce or solicitation
Members of the University community are prohibited from using University information and digital resources for commercial purposes. Campus-based organizations claiming national or regional status must use non-University IT or digital resources, including Internet access, for non-University activities.
University departments and groups that are authorized to conduct certain kinds of commerce and who take credit card information over the campus network or Internet must comply with the University policy on accepting and handling credit and debit card payments, and other standards related to such e-commerce.
Electronic mail or World Wide Web, message board, social media, or Twitter solicitation using the University’s resources for fund-raising unauthorized by the University, even when conducted on behalf of non-profit organizations, is prohibited.
If you link to a commercial site from your Princeton University personal web page, you must take care not to do so in a manner that suggests the commercial site has the endorsement or support of the University. In some instances, a disclaimer of affiliation or endorsement may be advisable.
If you maintain an outside website (.org, .net, .com, or other) that you wish to redirect to a Princeton University web page, you must do so in a manner that will not suggest the University sponsors, endorses, or otherwise supports the outside site. The University has contractual arrangements for those preferring outside hosting of departmental websites. If a different outside contractor maintains a website that you want to appear to be a Princeton University website, you typically will be required to obtain approval from the Office of the General Counsel.
If you maintain an outside website, other than through the University's contractual arrangements, that you want to present or otherwise identify as a Princeton University website or affiliate, special authorization is needed. This often requires review by the Office of the General Counsel. The same is true if you want to create a website internal to Princeton that is intended to represent an outside group or activity unaffiliated with the University. In this latter case, the group or sponsoring organization also must agree.