Web Hosting Policy

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 .

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 in cooperation with and the . 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 .
  • For Medical Campus: The executive director for integrated marketing and branding within

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 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 .

Websites and the Washington University Brand

Before you launch an externally developed website, consult with to resolve branding issues in these venues and to ensure compliance with all relevant policies including: