Account Management Process

University Information System Account Management and Access Procedures 

Introduction

To meet regulatory requirements, and for more timely granting and removing access from Ferris systems, automation has been set up to manage accounts. In order for the process to work efficiently, departments need to follow the processes and procedures laid out in this document.

Instructions on where to find any forms needed are in the “Forms” section of this document.

Procedures

New Hire and Re-Hire

Departments must submit a new employment Personnel Action Form (PAF). The PAF must be processed by Human Resources before any access can be granted. Note: if a person is a former student employee, this is a new hire, not a re-hire.

The employee’s University user account can be active 30 days prior to start date as long as the PAF is processed.  After the new employee’s accounts are created, the information will be provided to the employee by the Technology Assistance Center (TAC).

  • Employee can call to get account information by contacting the TAC at (231) 591-4822 or (877) 779-4822.
  • Email account and Workplace tab access will take additional time to be set up.
  • Other systems such as Banner, WebFOCUS, etc. will require additional forms.
  • Any break in employment with the University, is classified as a re-hire.
  • User account passwords expire every 120 days.
  • Faculty role (tab access in MyFSU) is granted by the originating department.
  • To gain access to Blackboard go to www.ferris.edu/blackboard, and select ‘Getting Started’.


Early Access

If employee access is required prior to 30 days before the start date of employment, the department must submit an Early Access Form in addition to a PAF to Human Resources.


Transfer

The University defines a transfer as an employee with a current primary assignment moving to a new primary assignment without any break in employment.

To ensure the transfer of access, it is the hiring department’s responsibility to provide Human Resources with a transfer PAF and applicable Data Security forms.  Once the new job assignment update is complete in Human Resources and Payroll, the transfer of the employee’s access to the new department will be completed.

  • Departmental file share (J: drive) access will update once the PAF process is complete. The employee will lose access to previous departmental file shares, and will be granted access to file shares appropriate to their new department.
  • Additional access such as Banner, WebFOCUS, etc. will require completion of specific access request forms. Access to these applications will be removed until access is requested by the new hiring department.
  • If the employee requires access to additional departmental file shares, a ‘Network Directory Access-Add’ form will need to be submitted to TAC@ferris.edu to have the work completed.
  • Employee’s email account will remain the same for job transfers.
  • The employee should delete from their account any emails and documents that pertain to their prior position. 


Extension for Temporary Assignment

The University defines an extension for temporary assignment as the continuing of a part-time temporary or full-time temporary employee in a current assignment.

To prevent loss of access, it is the department’s responsibility to submit an extension PAF at least 14 business days prior to the assignment end date. That PAF must be processed by Human Resources before the employee’s records can show the extension.

  • The employee’s University user account will stay active until the next day. If the department does not submit a PAF to Human Resources prior to the employee’s personnel end date, the account will be disabled and they will no longer have access, including email.


Separation and Removal of Access

The department must submit a separation PAF as soon as the employee has given notification of separation.  A separation PAF is required for all employees. All access to Ferris systems will be disabled next day following an employee’s personnel end date.

  • If an employee is moving to Emeriti status, there will be up to a two-week delay to access Email (Outlook/Office 365) and will require a password change the day following the personnel end date.
  • If an employee is in an adjunct classification, access will be retained for 365 days beyond the personnel end date.  Note: The time frame is currently being reconsidered, and may be shortened.
  • If an employee is a contracted nine-month classification, access will remain in effect for 120 days beyond the personnel end date.
  • Prior to leaving the University, an employee should set their email to inform contacts that they are no longer with Ferris and provide an appropriate new contact for your department using an out of office notification.
  • Names will remain in the Outlook address book for one year after employment ends.


Affiliate (Volunteer)

Definition of an Affiliate is a person who has a professional working relationship with Ferris State University, but is not an employee nor student employee paid by Ferris. To obtain access to Ferris systems, the department must complete an Affiliate (Volunteer) Information form.

  • Affiliate access is granted for one year increments and must be renewed through Human Resources annually.
  • If a department is asking for an Affiliate to have an email account, but the Affiliate is a current active student, the student email (Gmail) account is the only email account assigned to that Affiliate.
  • User account passwords expire every 120 days and requires a reset.


Continuing Education Unit Affiliate

Definition of a Continuing Education Affiliate is a person who signs up to take a non-degree seeking course, who has not been associated with Ferris State University in any type of capacity, and does not have an existing Ferris ID. To obtain access to Blackboard, the department must complete a Continuing Education Unit Affiliate form.

  • Continuing Education Unit Affiliate will be granted access only to Blackboard.
  • Access is granted for 120 days and must be renewed for each course (user ID would remain the same and requires password reset after every 120 days).
  • In the event that the individual had a previous association with the University, they may already have a Ferris ID. In this case the requesting departments only need to request that they be added to the CEU course by contacting TAC@ferris.edu email and include customer and course information.


Emeriti

Definition of Emeriti is a Ferris employee who retires from Ferris State University and has been granted the status as per the Board of Trustees policy. Faculty and Administrative staff who meet the qualifications for retirement must formally request the Emeriti status and receive Board of Trustees approval. Other staff must qualify, formally request Emeriti status and receive Board of Trustees approval.

  • Emeriti will need to reset their password after changing roles from Employee to Emeriti.  Call TAC to assist at (231) 591-4822 or (877) 779-4822.
  • When first changing roles to Emeriti, there could be up to a two week delay before email can be accessed.


Definitions

Employee

New Hire: An employee that has never worked at Ferris.

Re-Hire:An employee who has worked at Ferris before, but does not have a current assignment (this does not include previous student employment).

Examples:

  • An employee re-hired after any break in employment.
  • Adjunct faculty that is hired on a semester-by-semester basis for each new semester assignment.


Extension
: The extension of a part-time temporary or full-time temporary employee’s current assignment.

Transfer: The transfer of an employee with a current assignment to another primary assignment without a break in employment dates.

Examples:

  • A part-time employee with a current assignment who attains a full-time position.
  • Employee with an active primary assignment in one department and then moves to a primary assignment in a different department.


Current Student
: An active enrolled student.

Affiliate (Volunteer): An individual that requires access to the Ferris system, but is not a current Ferris employee nor student employee.

Emeriti: A retired employee that qualifies and meets Board of Trustees policy for Emeriti status.

Alumni and Former Student: Has taken at least one class in the past or has graduated.

Continuing Education Unit Affiliate: A person who signs up to take a non-degree seeking course, who has not been associated with Ferris State University in any type of capacity.


Priority of Access (Hierarchy of Roles)

A person’s relationship(s) with Ferris State University determines the access and assigned roles. If more than one role applies, the following hierarchy will determine what role is applied, with the role with the lowest number taking precedence:

  1. Employee
  2. Current Student
  3. Affiliate/Volunteer
  4. Continuing Education Unit Affiliate
  5. Emeriti
  6. Former/Alumni Student

Examples:

  • If the individual is an employee and a current student, the employee role takes precedence.
  • If the individual is an active student and an affiliate of the University, the current student role takes precedence.


Changes of Roles and its Effect on Access

If a person changes roles (process initiated with proper paperwork (PAF) to Human Resources), temporary loss of access may occur.  Examples of access disruption will occur for the following changes:

  • Affiliate or Volunteer to Employee
  • Employee to Affiliate or Volunteer
  • Employee to Emeriti
  • Student to Employee
    • Impact: The Student email account will be available for two weeks after the employee start date via MyFSU under ‘Workplace’ tab, ‘Employee’ channel, ‘Former Student Mail’. The employee must transfer any information to a personal email if they want to keep any content, before student email is removed.
  • Employee to Student or Former Student
    • Impact: Student mail account will be created, but no contents transferred from employee email.
  • Employee to ‘no role’ separated from the University
    • All access will be removed one day after personnel end date.


For all the changes in roles from above, the following will happen.

       Access impact:

  • User name stays the same.
  • Access is disabled.
  • Delay of email access up to two weeks unless indicated above.


Regain access:

  • Access will be granted based on the new role after the Human Resources and Payroll process is complete.
    • Requires password reset.
    • Access may require new paperwork such as Banner, network file shares, etc.

 
The following scenario will occur for all of the above role changes.

Access impact:

  • User name stays the same.
  • Loss of all system access.
  • Requires password reset.
  • Delay of email access up to two weeks unless indicated above.

 
Regain access:

  • Access will be granted based on the new role after the Human Resources and Payroll process is complete.
  • Access may require new paperwork such as Banner, network file shares, etc.
  • Contact the TAC at (231) 591-4822 or (877) 779-4822 or email TAC@ferris.edu


Forms

Forms are located:

Human Resources PAF’s:


Data Security:

  • In MyFSU: click the Forms tab at the top. ‘Data Security Forms’, select form needed.


Network Directory Access-Add File Shares:

  • In MyFSU: click the Forms tab at the top. ‘Data Security Forms’, select Network File Shares Form.


When does a department use a special access request form?

  • To grant access for an Affiliate (Volunteer).
  • To grant early access to an incoming employee.
  • To grant additional access needed to supplemental systems such as Banner, WebFOCUS, Xtender, etc.
  • To grant access to additional network file shares.
  • To grant access for a Continuing Education Unit Affiliate.


Contact
                                 

If you have questions about these procedures or access, contact TAC at (231) 591-4822 or (877) 779-4822 or email TAC@ferris.edu

Last updated: 02-24-2015