Account, access, and authority systems and services protect Stamford’s information resources. Services in this category include Stamford Wi-Fi access, Email, Office 365 Productivity Suite, Blackboard LMS, Student Information System etc.

Accounts and Services Access

Computing accounts (known as “STIUNet” IDs) and passwords control access to online resources and services at Stamford. These accounts are free of charge for faculty, staff, students. Sponsored accounts are available for some University affiliates and guests; a University sponsor is required and charges may apply.

Accounts and Passwords

The University provides faculty, staff, and students a variety of computing resources and online services. A STIUNet ID (an account name that identifies you as a member of the Stamford community) and password is required to access most of these services. Accounts are managed centrally via the Accounts Central portal. STIUNet account passwords need to adhere to a certain password complexity standard.

Computing Resources Access

Access to STIUNet computing resources such as network, file shares, printing etc. – depend on credentials (accounts and passwords) allocated to each user. Levels of access are tied to functional roles within the University.

The STIUNet ID also grants you access to the following IT systems:

  1. Office 365 based Email and Productivity Suite –
  2. Registration and Grading System –
  3. Blackboard Learn –

ID Cards, Campus Card Services

The Stamford ID Card serves as an identification card as well as an electronic key, allowing you to enter and access secured facilities, exercise privileges to which you are entitled.


Stamford uses Microsoft Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (ADLDS) to enable the searching and browsing of directory information in its central information systems.


Faculty or staff may sponsor someone for computing services, as long as the person to be sponsored meets basic eligibility requirements. Some sponsored services or resources carry a monthly charge. For these services, the sponsor must have expenditure authority for a current University account. Other services are free and require only that the sponsor be regular faculty or staff. Sponsorships require formal written approvals from respective department heads.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Stamford’s VPN service is available for all employees to connect to STIUNet remotely and in a secure manner from any available network connection almost anywhere in the world: including from home, from many hotels, and even from within some company networks.

Windows Computing Infrastructure

Stamford IT manages the Windows Computing Infrastructure to address issues such as single sign-on, location-independent access to resources, and manageability and security for the Microsoft Windows platform.