What Your Primary Affiliation Means for Digital Access at UF

The University of Florida’s large and diverse population is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. But there are many other primary roles (known as ‘affiliations’) in our Gator community, and everyone’s affiliation determines what digital services they are entitled to access. Some of these additional primary UF affiliations include emeritus faculty member, consultant, community members who use UF libraries, authorized vendors, and newly admitted students not yet enrolled.

UFIT has an updated webpage showing which affiliations can use the following provisioned services.

UF Email Eligible365 LicenseDropboxGooglePower BI ProZoomVPNEduroam

UFIT maintains the list of primary affiliations for the university. Anyone with questions about their affiliation or the assigned affiliation of a new hire or former employee is encouraged to chat with their department security administrator (DSA).

Cloud Storage Options for UF

UFIT is hosting a campus Cloud Fair on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. This online event will be an opportunity to learn about UF-provided cloud options (including research alternatives) as well as hear from the three leading cloud providers: Amazon Web Services, Azure, and Google Cloud Services.

UFIT Cloud Fair
Wednesday, March 29
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Email it-comm@ufl.edu to reserve a space. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt, and you’ll also receive an email the day before the event with the Zoom link.

Cloud Fair will help faculty and staff become aware of the UFIT services to architect IT solutions that comply with the forthcoming IT Rationalization policy. A primary goal of the new policy is to ensure that UF data and intellectual property are protected and secure. One facet of the policy states that UFIT’s Cloud Enablement team is required to approve and assist with the provisioning of compute and storage IT resources by anyone in the university community, including those using public cloud services. For inquiries about the storage and compute options offered by UFIT, please contact Associate Director Barry Kinter.

Using Tech to Enhance Wellness

While campus is beginning its return to a lively and populated place, many activities are still curtailed. This can lead to loneliness and feelings of isolation that impact physical and emotional health. Online resources and apps for mental and physical wellbeing are available to the UF community. Here are some tech-enabled options to help you achieve a better sense of wellbeing and connection with other Gators:

1. SilverCloud
UF’s Counseling and Wellness Center offers a free version of the SilverCloud app for students. SilverCloud provides self-guided programs and interactive tools for mindfulness meditation. The app also has tools for life balance and time management.
2. RecSports Virtual Fitness Series
To keep Gators connected and active, RecSports released a virtual fitness series led by certified trainers. Take these free, virtual workout and yoga classes at your own pace to generate endorphins and stay active each day.
3. Online Group Counseling
Share your experiences with a small group of peers and a counselor, who facilitates the conversation. The Counseling and Wellness Center offers weekly talk groups via Zoom for Black, women, LatinX, and graduate students. The CWC also hosts weekly talk groups on connecting with others through creative activities and through nature.

When Should You Use UF’s VPN?

The University of Florida’s
Virtual Private Network
(VPN) enables faculty, staff, and students who are off-campus to securely access UF services that are generally only available when connected to the campus network. In layman language, the VPN provides a secure “tunnel” that routes your computer’s network traffic through the UF network. Since the university’s response to COVID-19 began, usage of UF’s VPN has grown significantly. However, it is not always necessary to use the VPN to achieve the goal of secure access. This is because many of the university’s campus-wide services are hosted off-site and accessing via the campus network is not required. Here’s a list of when the UF VPN is — and is not — needed:

Use the VPN to access:
Departmental drives and network files
UF library resources
Remote Desktop

Do not use the VPN to access:
University of Florida email systems
UF SharePoint sites
Microsoft Teams
Skype for Business
UF e-Learning (Canvas) content
UF DropBox

Anyone with questions about how and when to use the UF VPN should contact their local IT staff. The UFIT Help Desk can also answer questions about using the UF VPN.