Special Populations in Manifest allows the creation of new Identities that are NetID Eligible, but this functionality should only be used when appropriate. This document outlines when Manifest should be used to invite an affiliate and when other means, such as requesting POI status from HR or issuing a Guest NetID should be used.
It may not seem like a big thing to create an UW Madison Identity and get someone a NetID, and for you it may not be, but please consider the impact that doing this has on the user and campus:
University of Wisconsin is part of international Federations that may provide the ability for people to use identities from their home institution to access your resources. We can connect with identities from any UW System Institution (Wisconsin Federation), UW Health, US Higher Education and Research (InCommon Federation), and worldwide (eduGAIN).
Contact NetID Login support with a description of your situation for more information on federation if you think this could be a good option for your application and users.
If Federation is not for you, there are several different ways that a person can obtain a NetID if they don't already have one, each with their own intended usage.
Traditional UW-Madison Populations. Normal eligibility, for more information please review NetID - Eligibility Policy.
All identities that are NetID eligible — especially (but not limited to) POIs, Special Authorizations, or invitation to Special Populations — are not inherently eligible for any services, especially services like Office365. Administrators are able to request services (Manifest - Services) for groups within Manifest. .
For people who are going to become employees, an HR office can enter them into HRS as far in advance as they'd like. They can then activate the future employee's NetID early by following the steps here: My UW Early NetID Activation for New Employees/POIs (UW-Madison only)
Identities created for people in Special Populations (Spec Pop) through an invite to a Manifest group are NetID eligible and can be added to groups and authorized for electronic services just as any other NetID can.
As of February 2020 for technical reasons, Identities created through Special Populations alone cannot currently be issued a Wiscard.
See Manifest - Creating Manifest Groups to Invite People to Create Identities (Group Owners) for technical directions.
Guest NetIDs are for temporary visitors needing wireless and VPN access only. They are not equivalent to normal NetIDs. They should not be used in cases where the person's identity is significant or a person with whom we will have a continuing relationship.
For this use, please see Guest NetID for Internet and VPN access - Service Description.