Alumnus Accounts

Alumnus Computer Science account information

Reviewed by Bil Hays 5/2/14

The Computer Science department provides alumnus accounts to all PhD and MS graduates of this department, as well as undergraduates who worked for the department for two semesters.

Having an alumnus account allows you to log in and see how things are going on our systems and to maintain a small web page, perhaps with pointers to another site.  These accounts are limited to 1 GB of home directory space.  The accounts do not include svn, playpen, or ftp space.  Optionally, they can include an account on the department’s Google Apps domain, including an email account, with a unlimited quota.

Alumni from previous years who are interested in setting up an alumnus account or adding Google to their existing alumnus account should send email to help@cs.unc.edu.  Undergraduate alumni should include the name of the person(s) for whom they worked in the department.

Graduate alumni from the current year will simply keep their Google mail account, with no changes, assuming they reduce their home directory disk usage to the alumnus quota.

The only thing that will change about the AFS home directory is that the quota (maximum size to which the directory can grow) will be reduced to 800 MB.  Alumni must reduce their home directory disk usage to 800 MB within three months of receiving a message to that effect from the IT Director (or two months after graduation, whichever is later) to retain their accounts.  If they have not done this, they will get an additional one-month warning, after which their account, including their Google mail, is deleted, if they don’t get down to the 400 MB quota.

Note:  If we have to delete your account because it is over quota, we will back up your AFS home directory only.   While Google provides substantial redundancy for your mail while you have an account, we do not back up Google mail when we delete your account, and once it is deleted it is gone forever, so be sure to get under the quota in the time period allowed.  Let us know if you need an extension; we can usually work something out.

For instructions on how to determine whether you are within the home directory quota, see here.