New Semester, New Website!

We hope your semester is starting well — and that you’re enjoying the new University website. Thanks to everyone who has provided feedback. Your input is essential to helping us build the best possible Here are some quick updates:

Page updates are still restricted. As expected, the web team continues to focus on a number of startup-related issues. Please remember that updates to pages are still limited to urgent matters that affect University business.

What’s considered an urgent update? Changes such as uploading documents that are required by law to be posted; correcting office phone numbers or locations; fixing links to timely information, such as event registration; linking to handbooks and forms; etc. Submit time-sensitive requests here.

What changes can wait? Requests such as switching photographs; making minor text revisions; publicizing a spring semester campus event; etc. Read on to learn how we will address those changes.

We will meet with you to discuss non-critical changes. Communications staff will contact your office later this semester to schedule a meeting with you to review your pages and discuss updates. See when Communications will reach out to you and find information on how to prepare for your meeting here. Please wait until your meeting to request new or updated content.

The old website is going away. Some pages from the old website may continue to appear in searches for a while. We are no longer updating pages from the old website.

404 errors. They’re the result of the switch from old to new website, and we agree that they are frustrating! We are working hard to resolve remaining 404 issues — it won’t happen overnight, but they are steadily decreasing. Thank you for your patience.

Faculty and staff photos are on the way. We know these are very important and are working to post all of them as soon as possible — you don’t need to submit a request.

Greatly improved event information is also on the way. The University is very close to launching LiveWhale, a new event calendaring system that will integrate dynamically with the website and make it easy to promote your event. We’re excited about LiveWhale and think you will be, too! Please watch this blog and the Message Center for updates.

Learn more at University Staff Forum. Shawn Preisz, associate director of web & digital communications, will present at the first forum of the semester. Join us Wed., Sept. 4, to hear more about the new website and ask questions.

Contact us. We are here to help you! Report website issues by clicking on the feedback link located at the bottom right of every web page.

Thanks, everyone — have a great semester!

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