Last updated: September 27, 2022
In general, all university internet services and all information about the university available from accessing the internet, including any of its schools, departments, divisions, centers, faculty, staff and fiscal and operating units, must use only the wustl.edu domain. Please see the Domain Name policy for more information.
Web Hosting with Washington University Information Technology
The preferred hosting solutions for university websites and other internet services are offered through Washington University Information Technology.
Web Hosting with Third-Party Service Providers
In certain cases, members of the university may find it necessary to hire third-party service providers for website hosting or other internet operations.
Authorization to hire website development or hosting service providers is required. Websites created or managed by third parties shall be reviewed and authorized through University Marketing & Communications in cooperation with Washington University Information Technology and the Office of General Counsel. Any existing third-party relationships or agreements shall be reviewed routinely and may be amended or renegotiated as necessary.
To request authorization for a website created or managed by a third party, please send an email to:
- For Danforth Campus: The assistant vice chancellor for digital strategy within University Marketing & Communications.
- For Medical Campus: The executive director for integrated marketing and branding within Medical Public Affairs.
Information Security Policies
All policies, procedures and guidelines regarding university information security apply to contracted Web providers, per the individually contracted agreements. Applicable policies and guidelines are available via the Washington University Information Security Policies page.
Secure sites for Personal Information
SSL (HTTPS) certificates are required by the university any time a website is handling personal information. SSL certificates are also required if the website has any authentication forms utilizing login IDs and passwords. SSL certificates are managed by Washington University InformationTechnology.
Websites and the Washington University Brand
Before you launch an externally developed website, consult with University Marketing & Communications to resolve branding issues in these venues and to ensure compliance with all relevant policies including: