Lab Site Policy

In 2012, the school introduced YSM and YSPH-branded lab website templates in its content management system, a web platform for full-time faculty to create and maintain websites, using all of the functionality and systems created for the school's departmental and organization websites.  Since YSM and YSPH centrally supports and provide 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. School funds may not be used to build or maintain websites external to the school's systems. 

In addition, these websites may not:

  • use the Yale University, School of Medicine or School of Public Health name, logo, shield, fonts or branding in any capacity and,
  • the word "Yale" may not be used in the website's URL. 

A good example of a site following these rules is the Boggon Lab.

Finally, 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 school systems, and to avoid issues that accompany the lack of central governance and oversight (i.e. issues with HIPAA and other YSM and YSPH-specific policy and legal concerns).

For questions about this policy, please contact the Justin Navarro, Operations Deputy Director.

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