Communications Policies and Procedures


All units in the Academic Health Center (AHC) should be part of the AHC web support system. Read more about the benefits of the AHC web support system.

To be considered part of the AHC web support system and receive support from the AHC central web team, a unit must: 

  • Designate a web point person and send their name, contact information, and the URL of the site, section, or page they manage to The web point person should be a member of the AHC web support group.
  • Use AHC-approved web theme and content management system (CMS). 
  • Partner/consult with AHC web team on web efforts, and follow recommendations on web solution and location within the AHC web ecosystem.
  • Assign additional roles and complete associated responsibilities.
  • Regularly update and manage their web presence.

Units that create a web presence without following the guidelines are not eligible to receive support from the AHC central web team.

All websites in the Academic Health Center must abide by University of Minnesota policies and requirements and must include: 

  • contact information (preferred in lower left footer)
  • a link to the Academic Health Center flagship site,

University of Minnesota communications-related policies


Brand Policy: Trademarks, Logos, Colors, and Seal


Privacy statements for web pages

Privacy statements for mass emails

Google Privacy Policy

Electronic communications 

Accessibility of Information Technology

Securing Private Data, Computers, and Other Electronic Devices

Public Records: Guidelines for Email

University Relations requirements and guidelines

Our brand—University of Minnesota brand requirements and guidelines, logo and template downloads, photo and video library, and other tools and information

Required statements

  • Everything produced for the University of Minnesota must include the wordmark and this equal opportunity statement: The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Web requirements 

These items from University Brand Policy significantly relate to the web:

  • All websites must use an official web template header and footer.
  • University colors and branded elements must appear prominently on all official communication and marketing materials.
  • The use of taglines, icons, or graphics as logos or in logos for University units is prohibited. Existing icons or logos may be repurposed as illustrations or graphic elements.

Social networking / Social media guidelines

Mass email