Identity Management, Guests, What is a Sponsored NetID and what access do I get?

I've been told I need to be sponsored to have access to services. What do I need to do and what can I access?

A sponsored NetID (also known as a long term guest NetID) is generally used for the following groups:
  •  Visiting Scholars
  •  People on approved leave of absence
  •  Vendors
  •  Other affiliates that work in some capacity with the University

Being sponsored by a department allows access to the following:

  • Wireless
  • VPN
  • Some Library Resources
  • Email (if your department had requested it)

Please note if you are unable to login to a particular application, that application may have a particular list of approved users that isn't covered by a sponsored account.

Getting Sponsored:

If you already have a NetID, your department can send a request to the Tech Services Help Desk via an account . They must have the following on the request:

  • Your UIN
  • Your full name
  • Terminate date (when the guest's visit is expected to end, up to 1 year) 
  • NetID of sponsor or proxy (if different from sponsor)

This document can be emailed to

To Renew Sponsorship:  Provide these same details, and we will renew for up to 1 year.

If you do NOT have a NetID, there are extra steps that can be found here: Identity Management, Sponsored NetIDs

Keywords:Guest, sponsored, long term, NetID, deactivated, letter, visiting scholar, renew   Doc ID:50827
Owner:ID M.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2015-04-24 11:40 CDTUpdated:2020-07-08 14:23 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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