Web-based Services

​Prior to signing up and paying for any web-based (online) services, you must complete the Technology Acquisition Checklist (TAC).  Securing appropriate approval for technology purchases is ultimately your responsibility. Failure to adhere to the technology purchasing policy may result in ​you being charged for the cost of the software or service.​

We understand that it is likely that your purchase and intended use of a web-based service is perfectly reasonable.  However, as the availability of online services and applications continues to expand, so do the legal, technical, and buisness complexities regarding purchasinthese services for use in university-related buisness.

CMU is primarily concerned with services that conflict with legal obligations or university policy; involve off-site storage of university data; or closely replicate services already owned by the university.  The review process is intended to protect both the employee and the university by identifying any conflict prior to making the purchase​.

Below you will find some examples of software and services that meet the above descriptions as well as rationale for why these are inappropriate to purchase for university use.  This list is not exhaustive and is simply meant to provide common examples of these categories of software.​

​Package/Service ​Rationale
All Adobe Software
Available to faculty and staff.  CMU has an active licensing agreement with pricing discounts for all Adobe Creative Cloud, including Acrobat.  Contact the Help Desk at 989.774.3662 or by clicking here.
Dropbox Available to faculty and staff.  CMU has an active licensing agreement with pricing discounts for Dropbox.  Contact the Help Desk at 989.774.3662 or by clicking here.
​GoDaddy ​​CMU's Web Policy requires use of university content management system for official sites. Personal sites should not be charged to university accounts.
​​​SquareSpace​ CMU's Web Policy requires use of university content management system for official sites. Personal sites should not be charged to university accounts.
​Weekly CMU's Web Policy requires use of university content management system for official sites. Personal sites should not be charged to university accounts.
​Wix​ CMU's Web Policy requires use of university content management system for official sites. Personal sites should not be charged to university accounts.


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