How are computing accounts issued?

Account Types

Computer accounts are issued to individuals in the following categories:

  1. Class accounts: Economics courses which require computer access may obtain class accounts. Class accounts are assigned to individual students by the course instructor or TA. Course instructors should contact the EML Manager in room 643 Evans. Please allow 2 weeks for class accounts to be added to the system.

  2. Departmental accounts: Currently registered students (undergraduates or graduates) and faculty in the Economics Departments, and employees of the Economics Department.

  3. Campus student accounts: Currently registered students (undergraduates or graduates) from other UC departments with a demonstrated need for specific EML services (such as statistical packages). This type of account cannot be used for work that is funded by either grants and/or outside funds. This type of account requires faculty approval and must be renewed each semester.

  4. Campus staff accounts: Currently active UC staff employees from other UC departments with a demonstrated need for specific EML services (such as statistical packages). This type of account cannot be used for work that is funded by either grants and/or outside funds and must be renewed annually.

  5. Research accounts: Persons working within the UC system on specific research projects which are funded by grants and/or outside funds.

  6. Official guests (visiting faculty) and visitors (associate research fellows) in the Department, at the invitation (and with the approval) of faculty.

  7. Alumni accounts: Past students of the Economics Department. The alumni category also includes past employees of the Economics Department. This type of account is issued to individuals who have left the Department in good standing and is only valid for one year after separation from the Department. It may not be renewed. If one of the above relationships with the Department resumes, then a new account may be issued, but the alumni account is terminated after one year. The alumni account only provides for up to 5MB under the home directory. It will be necessary to obtain a contrator account if additional resources are required.

  8. Contractor accounts: An individual may obtain an account on a recharge basis. The person will be billed monthly for the use of system resources (login time, cpu time, disk usage, and printing). Any person who does not fall into one of the above categories may apply for a contractor account. This type of account is valid indefinitely, as long as the account is in good standing.

Restrictions and Limitations

EML student accounts are issued only to students who are currently registered with the University of California at Berkeley, and all accounts are subject to approval. An account is issued to a specific individual who is responsible for all activity within his/her account and who agrees not to allow any other individual to access his/her account. EML policies apply to all accounts, and acceptance of an account implies acknowledgement and acceptance of all EML policies. An EML account is a privilege and as such can be revoked if misused. Any graduate student who receives a degree from the Department of Economics is eligible for an "alumni" account, a one-year extension of his/her student account upon graduation. Alumni accounts require the sponsorship of a faculty member within the Department of Economics.

Accounts that are issued to students, alumni, guests, and visitors will be closed on January 1 and July 1 of each year. ONLY accounts belonging to currently registered Economics graduate students will remain open beyond that date. Individuals having other accounts must apply for an extension. No extensions are granted for class accounts.

Class accounts will be removed after 3PM of the first Monday after final exams of the semester for which they were assigned. Be sure to make any arrangements for permanent or backup storage of your class account files before the accounts are closed. There will be a $20 fee (plus the cost of media) for recovering files from accounts that have been closed. Upon request, mail messages can be forwarded to another account for up to 60 days after an account has been closed. (This does not apply to class accounts.)

All user accounts have disk use quotas which impose an absolute limit on the amount of disk space the account may consume. For more information, see "What is my disk quota?". User accounts are also subject to periodic purging of certain files. 

Be warned that abuse of any account on any EML UNIX system (or any other computer system) may lead to termination of that account and suspension of all EML system privileges for the offender. "Abuse of an account" includes, but is not limited to: repeated failure to follow posted rules for use of terminal rooms; playing of games; unauthorized attempts to access accounts, files, or system resources not one's own; malicious mischief of any sort; and failure to cooperate with requests of the System Staff regarding use of system resources. Files under accounts are not personal property; as such the EML reserves the right to review, modify, or delete any file or terminate any activity that may interfere with the operations or security of the EML.

Please refer to our email guidelines for policy information on electronic email privacy.

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