Building and Hosting Lab Websites at YSM

In 2012, the school introduced a YSM-branded lab website template in its content management system, a web platform for faculty to create and maintain websites, using all of the functionality and systems created for the school's departmental and organization websites. The school's Web Group is currently transitioning all lab websites into the school's systems. Since YSM centrally supports and provides these web tools at no individual cost for faculty, it is duplicative work and additional cost for faculty to use outside hosting and/or systems.

Faculty who require unique functionality, but whose content needs could be met with the school's existing systems, are permitted to build websites using an external hosting provider they hire with their own resources. These websites may not use the Yale University or School of Medicine name, logo, shield, fonts or branding in any capacity. In addition, the word "Yale" may not be used in the website's URL. (A good example of a site following this option is the Boggon Lab.)

Faculty are not permitted to use other Yale content management systems (i.e. Drupal, Wordpress or Commons).

It is our hope to avoid brand confusion, to avoid duplicative work and cost within Yale recreating functionality that currently exists within YSM systems, and to avoid issues that accompany the lack of central governance and oversight (i.e. issues with HIPAA and other YSM-specific policy and legal concerns).

For questions about this policy, please contact the YSM Web Group.

Approved by the Dean's Advisory Group on January 30, 2013