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Pause to technology purchases and projects involving student data

As we approach the start of the complicated go-live year for  Workday Student, we are asking that schools and units pause the purchase of new technologies or the start of new technical projects that involve student data. This pause is temporary but necessary to ensure no negative impacts to our transition to Workday Student. Further, we are freezing all changes, including any new data feeds, to or from our current SIS (legacy student information system).
The Student Sunrise team and WashU IT are building more than 230 integrations with Workday Student, testing the system, and preparing end users and the future support team for this significant transition. We are unable to take on new projects or change the scope of existing projects currently, regardless of whether they are for Workday Student or SIS. We do want to stress that this does not include break/fix work or routine maintenance for current applications. 

We know this may not be ideal. This transition will be challenging for our entire community, so this pause will reduce some risk. We will revisit this decision in quarter two of FY25 and send a follow up communication with updated guidance. 

 A final reminder that, regardless of this freeze, the university and WashU IT have a governance process for all new technical projects of any scale or scope. We invite you to learn more about this governance process. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Erin Culbreth, Senior Associate Provost, or Jen Stedelin, Deputy CIO Academic & Administrative Technologies.