WashU IT Support

WashU IT is committed to being a customer service organization with IT expertise. We deliver an integrated, responsive and secure technology environment that advances and supports exceptional learning, research, innovation and patient care.

Support Model

WashU IT has established technology services and systems to meet customer objectives in support of the University’s mission.  To ensure IT services and systems meet customer needs, WashU IT has established the following support model:

General Support

  1. One Contact Point – to initiate any support or service request call, email or make a web request.
  1. All Requests Documented – a support or service ticket is created for each customer request. All support and service requests are tracked in one service management system (called ServiceNow) for easy tracking and resolution across WashU IT.
  2. Virtual and Onsite Support – standard support and service requests (85%) will be handled via routine procedures by service center staff via virtual support technologies like phone, remote desktop assistance and instant messaging. Standard support and service requests that cannot be resolved by the service center will be routed to technicians who will meet with the customer to bring the request to resolution.  Non-standard support and service requests will be routed to WashU IT managers for consultation with the customer to address the request.
  3. Service and Process Owners – individual WashU IT staff have been named as Service Owners or Process Owners to ensure accountability for WashU IT services and processes. Service Owners work with established WashU IT Governance committees and customers to ensure WashU IT services are scoped, resourced and supported in a manner that allows the service to stay healthy across the lifecycle of its use at the University.  Process Owners work with WashU IT managers and Service Owners to ensure WashU IT has established procedures for meeting customer support and service requests.
  4. Customer Relationship Management – regular meetings will be established with each customer department by WashU IT’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) team. These regular meetings will address quality of services provided, identify new customer projects/initiatives requiring WashU IT services and inform customers of any planned changes to existing IT services.  Reports from these meetings are reviewed by WashU IT leadership on a regular basis to ensure customer satisfaction is met and to identify customer needs that should be addressed via new technology services or enhancement of existing services.

Support Hours and Initial Response Times

WashU IT has established the following general support hours and initial response times to meet customer support and service request needs.  Note that P1 support and service requests are defined as technology issues affecting the customer’s ability to perform urgent university business without an acceptable technology workaround in place.


Business Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM (M – F) during regular campus business days

Initial Response Times: ANY support or service request will be responded to within the following times.

  • Calls to 933-3333 – 80% answered in 20 seconds or less
  • Emails sent to ithelp@wustl.edu will be responded to as outlined in the “Support Request Resolution Targets” section below.
  • Web Requests made via the ServiceNow “Report an issue to IT Support” form will be responded to as outlined in the “Support Request Resolution Targets” section below.


After Hours: any time or day not within standard business hours

Initial Response Times: P1 support or service requests will be responded to within the following times.

  • Calls to 933-3333 after hour calls will be answered by the WashU IT Systems Operations Center (SOC).  The SOC will either resolve the issue or page on call staff to resolve the issue.  On call staff will respond to the after hour pager on average* within 30 minutes

Support Request Resolution Targets

WashU IT has established the following general support escalation procedures and resolution targets to meet customer support request needs.

Support Escalation & Resolution Procedures – all support requests will be escalated from the initial general support team to a specialized support team based on the priority of the support request or if the general support team cannot resolve the issue within 20 minutes.  Once the request is escalated to a specialized support team, the customer will be notified and the specialized support team may contact the customer for further information and testing.  Once the specialized support team resolves the request, the general support team will review the resolution to ensure quality control.  Once the general support team confirms the resolution has met the customer’s needs, the request will be closed.  Communication with the customer will be via email.  If the customer does not reply within 7 business days, the ticket will be automatically closed.

Prioritization – all support requests will be given a P3 priority unless the customer indicates an impact or urgency that requires a different prioritization.  Impact is defined as the affect to which a technology service or system is inhibiting the customer’s ability to conduct University business.  Urgency is defined as the timeframe in which the customer needs the technology issues resolved or a workaround put in place.

WashU IT uses the following priority scale for systems and services not performing normally.

Priority Description Response Target Resolution Target
P1 Global Issues

Business critical issues – impacting ability to perform mission

Issues affecting multiple users unable to be productive

15 minutes 4 hours
P2 Issues affecting individual or multiple users with no workaround available 1 hour 1 Business Day
P3 Issues affecting multiple users with workaround available 1 Business Day 3 Business Days
P4 Issues affecting individual users with workaround available 2 Business Days 5 Business Days


Utilizing ITIL in our IT Service Management approach helps WashU IT technicians improve customer service and increase the effectiveness of service delivery. Our ServiceNow tool provides the organization with a common way to manage, distribute and escalate tickets, while our processes simplify how we work together to better the customer IT experience.

View additional WashU IT support areas and means to contact, below.

Central Fiscal Unit

WashU IT provides computer, email, network, server, web and a variety of other technology services and support for Central Fiscal Unit (CFU) departments.  You can reach the WashU IT help desk at (314) 933-3333.

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Media Services

WashU IT Media Services provides comprehensive multimedia support to WashU faculty & staff.  From webcams and conferencing solutions, to audio/video recording systems, we can provide HD content in a number of formats to support whatever needs your group or project may require.  With quality lighting, clear audio, and a crisp HD image, we can give a professional, sharp look to your next video production. You can reach Media Services by calling (314) 935-3899.

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Medical School – Central Administration

WashU IT is one of many IT departments at the School of Medicine.  We support the WUSM Central Administration by providing commodity services such as network and email across the medical school campus, as well as a full suite of other IT services.  You can reach the help desk by calling (314) 933-3333.

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Medical School – Department of Medicine

WashU IT is one of many IT departments at the School of Medicine.  We support the Department of Medicine by providing commodity services such as network and email across the medical campus, as well as a full suite of other IT services.  You can reach the help desk by calling (314) 933-3333.

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Student Technology Services

Student Technology Services (STS) is dedicated to assisting WashU students with their technology needs. STS also acts as a student advocate for technology initiatives on campus. You can reach STS by calling (314) 935-7100.

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Systems & Procedures

Systems and Procedures (S&P) is a university help desk that provides customer support, training, and password resets for AIS, HRMS, Marketplace, RAPS, RAS (soon to be Learn@Work) and WUSTL Key.  Systems and Procedures is staffed with application support specialists who are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach Systems and Procedures by calling (314) 935-5707.

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Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing

Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing (BIDW) provides customer support for the following systems: Cognos (Query Studio, Workspace Advanced, Report Studio), Annual Budget, WebFOCUS, TM1, WUSM Financial Reporting, Faculty Financial Reporting, and SQL Server. The BIDW Help Desk is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You can reach BIDW by calling (314)-935-3890.

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