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Identity & Access Management - FAQs

This article explains answers to frequently asked questions regarding Identity & Access Management.

If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact Identity & Access Management.

What is Identity & Access Management?

Identity and Access Management (IAM) manages the data relating to digital identities and their associated privileges across the University and University systems. Identity & Access Management ensures that the right individuals have access to the resources they should have access to at the right times and for the right reasons.

What is authentication?

Authentication is the ability to tell whether someone is who they say they are using CNetID and password/passphrase.

What is authorization?

Authorization is performed by the system that makes sure you have access to resources you're supposed to, but not to resources you shouldn't. For example: Chalk, myUChicago, Gargoyle, Griffin, UChicagoTime, Dossier, etc.

If I have a UCHADID, do I need a CNetID?

No, you should not need both. UCHAD and CNetIDs are synchronized on a regular basis. If you cannot access, please contact Identity & Access Management.

I have a new staff member who needs a CNetID. What do I do?

Send the new staff member to and follow the instructions to claim a CNetID.

I have a new vendor that provides a service that I need students to sign in to. How do I do that?

There are two ways to set up the sign in process. Students can either sign in just to the new system (using LDAP) or they can sign in using single sign on (using Shibboleth which is recommended). If you set up your new system to use single sign-on the tool would be available through the student portal and student would be able to access it through any system on campus also using single sign-on.

What is a ChicagoID?

The University issues all University community members a universal identifier called the ChicagoID. Each ChicagoID consists of eight numerical digits followed by one letter (e.g. 12345678A). You can look up your ChicagoID online. To learn your ChicagoID, visit and log in with your CNetID and password.

How do I get my UChicago Card?

The UChicago Card is the official University identification card. UChicago Cards are issued to all students enrolled in credit programs, as well as faculty, staff, and academic employees. You can a get a UChicago Card at the ID & Privileges Office, located in room 100F in the lobby of Joseph Regenstein Library. Incoming first-year students receive their cards during Orientation. You must bring a government-issued photo identification (e.g., a driver's license, passport, state ID card). Learn more about the UChicago Card at the About the UChicago Card page.

What is WhoAmI?

It is a UChicago application which displays identity information. Students may only view their own record. Staff (full-time benefits-eligible) may also look up other people and view details about their identities based on a search by name, CNetID or ChicagoID.

The lookup includes anyone who has ever had a ChicagoID; that includes current and former:

  • Students and Alums
  • University Staff
  • Temporary Account holders (t-9)
  • Campus Card holders
  • Prefeed accounts (who have not yet begun employment)
  • Affiliates (who have been uploaded to the system)
  • Miscellaneous others

Keywords:ID, accounts, authentication, authorization   Doc ID:19331
Owner:Astrid F.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-08-02 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-03-20 07:13 CDT
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