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What Does My NetID Let Me Access?

This article applies to: NetIDs

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Having a Cornell NetID does not, in and of itself, give you access to information or services. It simply serves as an identifier that can be used to authorize your access to services you are entitled to use.

Information on Services Available by Role

Faculty and Staff

See IT Services Available with Your Role at Cornell (Faculty and Employees).

Students and Alumni

See IT Services Available with Your Role at Cornell (Students and Alumni).

Alumni should also review the All About Your NetID page on the Alumni, Parents, and Friends website. In addition, for information about alumni Library privileges, visit the Cornell University Library's Cornell Alumni page.


Please check with the technical support provider in your department or unit.

Sponsored NetIDs

Please check with the department or unit offering the services you would like to access.

For library access for sponsored NetIDs, the sponsor needs to contact Library Public Services (116 Olin Library, 5-5069, or with the Sponsored NetID, details on why access is needed, and start and end dates for access.

What Changes in My Status with Cornell Might Change My Access to Services?

IT staff work with the offices of record, sponsors, and service providers to adjust your privileges when your role or relationship changes. Remember, your access to services can be terminated with no notice for violations of the university policies on responsible use of computer systems. It is therefore very important to know and understand these policies.

Coming to Cornell

When you arrive at the university, as an employee or student, you are assigned a NetID. These NetID credentials grant you access to a particular set of services, depending on your role. Typical roles include students, faculty, staff, retirees, and alumni.

Changing Your Role or Leaving the University

When you move from one role to another at Cornell, or leave the university, the list of services you are entitled to access may change. When this happens – through graduation, retirement, or leaving employment – you will receive an email from the university indicating that your access to IT and other services is changing. The change process is called NetID "deprovisioning."

  • When your Cornell NetID is deprovisioned, it will remain in the university system, but your access to university services may change.
  • Your entry in the Cornell Directory will be either modified or deleted. NetIDs are modified for those who have a continuing relationship with the university, such as alumni, retirees, students, and exceptions with sponsors.
  • In the tables found in IT Services Available with Your Role at Cornell, find the column appropriate for your new role at Cornell and read down to see which services you will have access to.


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