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CMS Policy & Timelines

The website content management system (CMS) provides significant benefits to the University of Kansas and the individual units on our campus. These benefits include an enhanced user experience through consistent branding and standard navigation across all KU websites, and the ability for non-technical staff within units to create and manage content on pages.

Because of the significant advantages of the CMS, campus units as described below are expected to transition their sites according to the dates listed below.  Units may choose to transition their websites to the CMS sooner than required. Requests for template modification for special needs should be submitted to the Office of Public Affairs at webcomms@ku.edu.

CMS requirements

Unit Type CMS & KU Template Required
Academic units
Any unit that offers academic courses in the official university catalog.
Yes, by July 2013
Administrative & service units
Any unit that provides services related to the operation of the university, that assists prospective and enrolled students, or that provides resources used by faculty, staff, students and guests of the university.
Yes, by Jan. 2014
Research units
Any unit that is engaged in research studies but does not provide any academic courses in the official university catalog.
Yes, by April 2014
Grant-funded service units or centers
Any unit that is supported by an exterior revenue source, such as state, federal or private grants, and has a non-KU academic partner on the grant.
Yes, by Dec. 2014
University-funded centers for public programming
Any unit that offers programming for public consumption, including exhibitions, performances and lectures.
Yes, by Dec. 2014
Class websites Not available; Blackboard preferred.
Personal & Faculty websites Not available; see other servers.
Student Organizations Not available; rockchalkcentral.ku.edu

Units that would like to adopt earlier are encouraged to get started as soon as possible. IT and Public Affairs will provide assistance and support on a first-come, first-served basis, so units are encouraged to begin planning and preparing early.

Any site unable to use the CMS must request an exception through the exception request form.

Training Calendar
CMS Help

If you are experiencing a critical issue with your live website, please contact the IT Customer Service Center at 864-8080 or itcsc@ku.edu.

For questions on CMS policy, look & feel, and all other issues, please visit our help page.

Please contact web services at 864-6415 or webservices@ku.edu for help with your site

Online help can be found under the How-To's section of this website.