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Mobile Applications, Services and Development

Developing Apps and Mobile Web Sites

University-owned apps are apps developed by university faculty, staff and other employees and contractors, with an intended distribution by Oakland University. If you are considering developing a mobile app for Oakland University audiences or for distribution by Oakland University, please contact the CIO Theresa Rowe at App (applications intended for mobile devices) and mobile development require adherence to Oakland University style and identity guidelines, licensing, and distribution requirements. Faculty, staff, student employees and contractors need to work closely with UTS when developing apps for use in the university environment. Mobile web sites are often easier to develop and distribute, particularly when login authentication is not required for the web site. Mobile web sites should be developed with Communications and Marketing.

Partnering with University Technology Services

UTS will work with you to establish connections with Communications and Marketing to incorporate style guidelines and naming conventions.

Use of OU logos and trademarks in apps or on websites outside the university must be properly licensed and have prior approval from Communications and Marketing.

UTS must be contacted if the app or mobile web site is designed to use data from university enterprise systems, particularly Banner, MySAIL or SAIL.

UTS will also work with you to review prior art to make sure your app is consistent with other university apps. We will advise you on publishing the app within the university environment.

UTS will review your app and its purpose, and will work with the Office of Legal Affairs to develop a license for distribution appropriate to your app.

To develop or distribute apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch (iOS), check with UTS for current development and distribution guidelines and platforms.

Licensing and Distribution

There are licensing and distribution requirements that must be observed. 

Anyone who develops apps independently of the university must follow the licensing and distribution requirements found on the site specific to your mobile device. Also, developers must adhere to license requirements for any third-party APIs or modules that are imbedded in the app.

To distribute official University apps on the iTunes App Store, there is one Oakland University license that is administered centrally by University Technology Services. Please review Apple information on the Software site.


When creating apps for Oakland University, please apply usability guidelines.  The following resources may be useful:


When the developer is ready for UTS to review, please arrange to send source code by contacting Theresa Rowe at  Preferred development environments XCode or Android SDK.  Any other development environment may result in significant project delays in distributing the solution.


Oakland University's mobile app puts important information at your fingertip.  Access your class schedule, grades, and even register for classes in this mobile version of MySAIL, OU's portal.  Keep up with campus life with the events calendar, OU News feed, interactive map, weather, and more.