The University of Texas at Austin

University Wiki Service

Last Updated: November 16, 2015 @ 12:21 pm
Next Review Date: 01/01/2016
Service Manager: Farhad H Fatahalian
Governance Group: IT Architecture & Infrastructure
Document Status: Published

Key Metrics

  • Availability: 99%


This document defines the service level agreement for Wikis.

Service description

The University Wiki Service supports the educational and administrative activities of the university and serves as a means of communication by and among users. Its intended use is to support university-affiliated groups, departments, and organizations. Wiki spaces can be created for individual use, but collaboration is the service's primary purpose.

Intended users

Wikis can be used by faculty and staff. Wikis can be created for individuals, groups, projects or departments.

Supported computing environment

The minimum requirement to use the University Wiki Service is any device running a university-supported Web browser.

Technical support

Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 technical support is available during normal business hours. Routine requests are typically addressed within one business day.

Tier 1

End users should start with Tier 1 technical support. Any user can call the ITS Help Desk at 512-475-9400. Users with a departmental Technical Support Contact (TSC) should contact that individual.

Tier 2

The ITS Help Desk may escalate issues to Tier 2 support.

  • Tier 2 support is provided by the Web and Contract Services Team and is available during normal business hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
  • Routine requests (for example creating a new wiki for a project) are typically addressed within three business days.

End users always start with Tier 1, which is basic support. Tier 2 is the second support level and is reserved for more complex issues. ITS Help Desk may escalate issues to Tier 2.


ITS will notify customers about both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance using the ITS Services Status page of service availability and service delivery issues. Services may not be available during the maintenance periods.

Scheduled maintenance

Scheduled maintenance occurs every Tuesday from 06:00PM to 8:00 PM.

Service maintenance for MySQL occurs on the third Wednesday of August, November, February, and May.

Service maintenance for Operating System patches occurs on the third Tuesday of September, December, March, and June.

Specific times are reliant upon service providers and will be published 5 business days prior on the ITS events calendar. Service may be unavailable during these times to facilitate changes to the service.

To the maximum extent possible, installation of service, application and security updates will be performed during scheduled maintenance.

Unscheduled maintenance

Unscheduled maintenance tasks that require service downtime will be announced as soon as possible on the ITS Services Status page.

Change notification

ITS will notify customers using the ITS Services Status page of service availability and service delivery issues for Wikis.

Account retention

Personal wikis (based on EID) will remain active for six months after departure from the university.

Wikis created for departments, teams, projects or work groups will be subject to deletion after one year of inactivity.

User responsibilities

Subscribers (users) of the service and identified owners/administrators agree to be aware of and adhere to the university's Acceptable Use Policy.

Wiki subscribers agree to:

  • Provide critical information to ITS in a timely manner when requested for purposes of resolving subscriber issues.
  • Use Wikis on a manner consistent with UT Austin’s educational goals, as well as comply with local, state and federal laws and university policies.
  • Be accountable to UT Austin and fellow wiki collaborators. A login is therefore required to add or change content. Configuring a wiki with anonymous writing permissions is not allowed. Therefore, do not set permissions for ANONYMOUS edit privileges.
  • Prevent confidential from being contained in a publicly viewable wiki space.
  • Be a good common-good citizen and keep data storage usage to a minimum by monitoring and limiting attachments.

Cost of Service

Cost information for this service can be found on the Wikis web site.

There is currently no additional charge for excessive data storage usage, but Wiki Administrators will monitor and counsel users as appropriate.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!