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Affiliate, Departmental, and Guest NetIDs

Northwestern IT provides unique NetIDs reserved for visiting faculty, contractors, and other persons outside the University needing access to campus resources as well as for departments, organizations, and projects.

NetIDs may only be requested by authorized NetID requesters. Please review the NetID types listed on this page to help determine which NetID to request.

NetID Types

Affiliate NetIDs

Affiliate NetIDs are intended only for individuals who have never had any formal relationship with the University, such as visiting faculty or long-term contractors.

NOTE: Affiliate NetIDs should not be requested for new or past employees, or for incoming or past students. These individuals should use the NetID that was/will be automatically provisioned for them via myHR or CAESAR. If this applies to your situation, email consultant@northwestern.edu for special instructions.

An affiliate NetID provides access to Northwestern services, including Wi-Fi, library resources, and VPN. It may have an @northwestern.edu email account and calendar, if appropriate. It is issued for at least 30 days, and can be used for up to one year. It can be renewed annually if appropriate.

Departmental NetIDs

Departmental NetIDs are used by University departments, organizations, groups, and projects providing them with a @northwestern.edu email account and calendar. These NetIDs are not meant for individual people.

Departmental NetIDs:

*If your departmental account does not require visibility in the Online Directory, an organizational email/calendar-only account should be requested. These accounts do not have a NetID and do not require annual renewal. They can be requested by submitting the Collaboration Service Resource request form.

Guest NetIDs

Guest NetIDs are available for visitors to the University who need limited, short-term access to University services such as library resources. These NetIDs can used for up to 30 days, and cannot be renewed. Email is not available.

Visitors who only need Wi-Fi access do not need a Guest NetID and should use the Guest-Northwestern wireless network.

How to Request a NetID

NetIDs may only be requested by authorized NetID requesters. These include:

If you are not an authorized NetID requester, you will need to contact your local administrator or an authorized NetID requester to make the request.

Authorized requesters may complete the Guest, Affiliate, and Departmental NetID Request. Alternately, the IT Support Center can process the request for a NetID. Email consultant@northwestern.edu with the name of the person or group.

Last Updated: 13 May 2019

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