Set Up a Friend Account for Guest Access to U-M Computing Resources
S4316 February 25, 2015
This document tells how to set up a U-M guest access accountcalled a Friend account. Friend accounts cannot access services without authorization. First a Friend account must be created, then it must be authorized for the appropriate access. The most frequent use of Friend accounts is to allow parents or others access to pay student bills; the student must authorize access before the account holder can log in.
For more about Friend accounts, see Frequently Asked Questions about Friend Accounts.
U-M standard computing services cannot be authorized for Friend account access. People who need access to U-M computing services for university purposes but who are not faculty, staff, or students, can be sponsored by their department or unit for sponsored affiliate access.
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What is a Friend Account?
A Friend account is a U-M guest computing account. It allows someone who does not have a U-M uniqname and UMICH password to authenticate to the U-M computing environment; to log in to the environment and be identified. It does not, however, authorize that person to use any services.
There are two steps in the process that a non-university person follows to gain access to a U-M computing service.
For example, a parent who wants to access his or her student's university billing statements and financial aid data on Wolverine Access must first set up a Friend account and then be authorized by his or her student to access the relevant data. Someone who wants to use CTools, for example, would need to have a Friend account and would then need to obtain authorization from the people who provide the CTools service. To use any other Friend-enabled service, you need authorization from the provider of that service.
How to Set Up a Friend Account
You need to have an e-mail address that does not end in "umich.edu" in order to set up a Friend account.
Using Your Friend Account
You can use your Friend account login name and password to log in to U-M Web-based computing resources that you have been authorized to use at: https://weblogin.umich.edu/
Your login name is your full e-mail address, the one you used when creating your Friend account.
After you log in, click any service link to open that service.
NOTE: You can only use services that you have been authorized to use.
Get a Friend Account Authorized to Use a Service
Contact the service provider to get authorization to use any particular service. Please be aware that not all services can be authorized for Friend account access. Some services, for licensing or other reasons are only available to current faculty, staff, and/or students or to people in particular departments or units.
Here is information about Friend account authorization for two widely-used services:
New U-M undergraduate applicants (those who are not current students or employees) using a Friend account to check their application status must first validate the account by providing their UMID (eight-digit U-M identification number) and date of birth. On Wolverine Access, under the Students tab, click the New and Prospective Student Business link. Log in using your Friend account (your email address and Friend password), and provide the requested information. For complete instructions, see U-M Undergraduate Admissions: Application Status.
Student eBilling. Students can log in to Wolverine Access and can authorize access to their eBills, account data and financial aid data for up to four e-mail addresses. Students can also authorize others to receive informational e-mails from U-M about student accounts, financial aid and housing, as well as alerts about emergencies.
Individuals who have either a Friend account or a U-M uniqname and UMICH passwordand who have been authorized by a student to access that student's informationcan do so by going to Wolverine Access, clicking the Parents & Family tab, then clicking My Student's Information. They will be prompted to log in using their Friend account (email address and Friend password).
Changing Your Friend Password / If You Forget Your Password
If you forget your Friend password, go to: https://friend.weblogin.umich.edu/friend/account/, and follow the instructions. You can also go there when you want to change your Friend password.
Also, visit ITS's Information System to obtain ITS computer documentation and other resources. A list of relevant documents follows:
The ITS Service Center provides a variety of computing help resources.
For further help with this or any other topic, call 734-764-HELP  or submit an online service request.