UMD provides Internet and email services to alumni and some external customers with close ties to the University. This policy explains the terms and conditions under which we do this.
UMD Information Technology Systems and Services encourages private individuals to look first to the numerous commercial providers of Internet services for access. Since UMD's primary mission is to provide services to the UMD campus community, and since commercial vendors offer this service, it is appropriate for most private individuals to use commercial vendors. Local commercial Internet providers are listed in the yellow pages under "Computers---Networking."
UMD Information Technology Systems and Services provides Internet services for personal educational use to individuals who have some affiliation with the university through our sponsored Internet accounts. (Individuals wishing to use UMD computing and network services for commercial purposes must purchase a commercial account.) Access to UMD computing laboratories is not available.
Sponsored Internet customers are charged for access, cpu usage, disk storage, and connect time to the modem pool and email system. These are all measures of how much use a customer makes of the UMD computing and network systems. It can be difficult to anticipate how these measures transfer into actual charges, so the best way to determine how much this will cost you is to wait for the first bill to come. It would be sensible to limit usage the first month or two until you get a better feeling for how much your usage will cost. Rates are listed on the account application form.
Sponsored Internet customers are required to have a sponsor from the campus faculty or staff. Alumni should contact the UMD Alumni Office for sponsorship. Sponsors are requested to restrict sponsorship to 10 or fewer individuals.
Those eligible for sponsored Internet accounts include:
Services available to those with sponsored Internet accounts include:
Customers who intend to make use of the Internet must recognize that the Internet is unmoderated in many instances. There are many sources of material that may be viewed to be offensive by some people. Customers who allow children to have access to the Internet should be particularly aware of this issue. The University of Minnesota Duluth accepts no responsibility for preventing access to any materials on the Internet, particularly those materials that may be deemed offensive.
UMD Information Technology Systems and Services staff can provide only minimal assistance to external customers without charge. Such services include providing available documentation and accepting reports of trouble at our Help Desk (726-8847). If further training is needed, you might consider attending one of the seminars available through UMD Center for Economic Development. Other service requests will be addressed only after primary needs of our internal customers are met.
Additional information about accounts is available from Spring Billiar at 726-8843. Other information on the web includes:
Useful documentation is available on the web: