Getting NetIDs for Affiliate Populations

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.

Who can get a NetID?

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.

    • Current faculty, staff, and students.
    • Persons eligible as HRS Person of Interest such as external contractors and emeritus faculty and staff. Contact your departmental HR office, or the UW Service Center for more information.
    • Persons in Special Authorizations[note] (or Spec Auth), departmental affiliates that act like employees, Student Employees or Interns who are not UW-Madison employees, large "traditional" affiliate populations that require Wiscard like WARF, UW Foundation, USDA, ROTC, among others. Contact for more information.
  • Manifest invitation to join a NetID-authorized group, resulting in a Special Populations (Spec Pop) identity. See Manifest - Creating Manifest Groups to Invite People to Create Identities (Group Owners) for instructions.

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. Please see Manifest - Requesting Service-Enabled Groups.

When should you use an invite from Manifest to create new Identities?

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.

Identities created through Special Populations alone cannot currently be issued a Wiscard.

When should you issue a Guest NetID

Guest NetIDs are for temporary visitors needing wireless and VPN access only. 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.