Authoritative Shared Content

University Communications, in consultation with university administration, determines which content should be provided by a single authoritative source and the responsible office. Once that is established, content categorized as authoritative must be used from this shared repository; it cannot be rewritten for local use.

Examples of authoritative content include tuition rates or academic calendars.

Using Authoritative Shared Content

To use this shared content in your site, we encourage you to use the Shared Content Reference component.

Any author can view all of this shared content in the Websites console, under /content/authoritative/.

Maintaining Authoritative Shared Content

Normally this content will be under the control of offices which are responsible for maintaining its integrity.

If you have concerns about the currency or accuracy of any information in this area, please contact the DCT Help Desk.

To update or add to this content, you will need express access. Contact the DCT Help Desk for details.

Available Content

Several offices have been developing content in this area, including University Police, Facilities, Student Accounts and the Graduate School as well as some legal statements and the University Policy Library. We will document content as requested by these offices.

Accessibility Commitment Statement

Usage: For placement on select pages/sites where we know barrier-free access might be an issue. Must have a strong business case and written authorization from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to utilize.

With this prior approval, authors can provide a Shared Content Reference to this module, immediately followed by appropriate contact details (authored on your own site).

  • The module is located here: /content/authoritative/statements/inaccessible-content
  • Contact details must be in the format: [Unit name] via email ( or phone (716-000-0000).
  • The shared content is a Caption component, so your added contact information should also be a Caption.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards to ensure we provide equal access to all users. If you experience any difficulty in accessing the content or services on this website, or if you have suggestions about improving the user experience, please contact:

[Unit name] via email ( or phone (716-000-0000).

Department of Defense Disclaimer

Usage: For placement on select pages/sites where we reference any branch of the United States armed forces whether it be written or visual.

  • The module is located here: /content/authoritative/statements/DOD-disclaimer
  • The shared content is a Caption component.

Any reference to branches of the United States armed forces—either in copy or through the use of still or motion visuals—does not constitute an endorsement of the university by the United States Department of Defense or any unit thereof.

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