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Lab and Faculty Websites Outside YSM Systems

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 may still choose to build their own 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 the event a faculty member has an existing YSM lab site and then builds an external site, the Office of Communications will archive the YSM site. If the new site URL is a .org, a temporary re-direct of the former Yale-hosted URL to the new one may be requested. The redirect will expire after six months. No redirects will be created to a .com URL and we strongly advise against using .com URLs for any university-related work.

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,
  • use the word "Yale" in the website's URL or website title, or
  • in any way suggest it is an officially sanctioned Yale website.

These rules have been established in order avoid issues that accompany the lack of central governance and oversight of a faculty member's lab site (e.g. HIPAA, accessibility, and other YSM and YSPH-specific policy and legal concerns).

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

Finally, faculty are not permitted to use other Yale content management systems (i.e. Drupal, Wordpress or Commons) in order to avoid brand confusion and duplicative work and cost within Yale recreating functionality that currently exists within school systems.

For questions about this policy, please contact ysm.editor@yale.edu.