A NetID account is required for access to most Texas A&M University information systems. A NetID account allows the account holder to authenticate (verify their identity by entering the correct NetID Credential, i.e. I am who I say I am.) on any application using CAS or the NetID AD DS password service. Whether or not a person is authorized to use the resource they are trying to access with their NetID Credential is determined by the application separate from the authentication process.
Texas A&M University's membership in InCommon provides Texas A&M NetID account holders with the ability to use their NetID Credential to authenticate to participating higher education and federal government online services.
There are two categories of people eligible for a Texas A&M NetID account.
Texas A&M NetID accounts are available to:
With the exception of those who have been Texas A&M University enrolled students, a Texas A&M NetID account becomes eligible for deletion when the account holder is no longer affiliated with any Registration Authority.
A student retains his or her NetID account for 2 years post-enrollment. After this grace period expires, the NetID account is deleted. The student then is eligible to set up a limited-duration NetID account they can use to order and pay for transcripts.
A sponsored NetID account is an account created for a guest or visitor who requires temporary access to the campus network in support of legitimate University work. Accounts can be sponsored by Texas A&M organizational units or by individuals with an active affiliation.
Account sponsors have certain responsibilities. They have to identify and justify the business reason for the account and they must also communicate to the guest the University's rules on appropriate use.
The initial deployment of this account category has been to provide parent access to Texas A&M University services.
Sponsored accounts have an account expiration date set when the account is requested. The NetID account expires on that date. The account will also expire if the account sponsor leaves the university.
Departments can request NetID accounts for visiting scholars or visiting student interns for stays of at least one month.
The visiting person's supervisor, sponsor or the HR representative for the sponsoring department should fill out and submit the NetID Account Request Form.
The Identity Management Office will establish an account and respond to the specified contact, who passes the information onto the individual. The individual can then activate their NetID account at gateway.tamu.edu.
Management of a NetID account differs based on the type of affiliation the account holder has with the university. The following documents provide details of management processes for the various university populations.
Management of a NetID password encompasses a number of practices. The table and comments below describe the default password management practices for Texas A&M NetID account holder populations. More stringent password management practices are implemented via the account holder's tamuEduPersonPasswordPolicy settings.
|Parents/Guests||All Other Populations|
|Minimum length of password||8||8|
|Maximum length of password||128||128|
|Password is character checked||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum age of password (in days)||exempt||if password length < 16 characters ⇒ 365
if password length 16 characters or more ⇒ 1461
|Days of daily expiration warnings||exempt||once per week for 3 weeks|
|Password minimum age for reset (in days)||0||0|
|Failed attempts before lockout (CAS)||7||7|
|Lockout duration in minutes (CAS)||15||15|
|Failed attempts before lockout (Duo Two-Factor)||7||7|
|Lockout duration in minutes (Duo Two-Factor)||15||15|
|May reset forgotten password via Self-Service Password Reset||Yes||Yes|
|May reset forgotten password via HelpDesk Central phone||Yes||Yes|
|May reset forgotten password in person||Yes||Yes|