Sponsored Account Changes, Part of the Identity and Access Modernization Roadmap

Sponsored accounts at Northeastern are undergoing a transformation as a part of ongoing efforts to modernize Northeastern accounts and services. This transformation, including the policy and process changes outlined on this page, aligns with Northeastern’s growing global mission and accounts for the latest advances in technologies that support identity and access management.

The information on this page will continue to be updated as it becomes available.

Fall 2023 Timeline

Prior to Sept. 21, 2023

  • Existing sponsored account policies and processes are in place.
  • Sponsors review and maintain existing accounts.

Sept. 22, 2023

  • New sponsored account policy goes into effect.
  • New account creation process launches.
  • All existing sponsored accounts are extended by 6 months.
  • Managers can start delegating to non-managers.

Oct. – Dec. 2023

  • Additional sponsored account functionality launches.

Sponsored Account FAQs

What is changing with sponsored accounts?

While Northeastern will continue to use sponsored accounts as its way of granting temporary accounts for those in certain roles, the university is updating its policies on who can initiate a sponsored account request and who can sponsor these accounts.

Effective Sept. 22, 2023, only full-time, benefits-eligible employees who are managers may sponsor individuals. At the same time, it will also be the responsibility of the sponsor, not the interim employee who needs the account, to open the request for the account.

As a result, changes to the sponsored account process are being rolled out in phases over the course of the fall 2023 semester. The first changes, involving new sponsored accounts, launched on Sept. 22. Additional releases and enhancements will launch in October and beyond.

Why is Northeastern making this change?

These policy updates will help improve Northeastern’s security posture. They also account for advances in technology that Northeastern will leverage to reduce the need for sponsored accounts in the future, a part of the university’s multi-year roadmap for modernizing identity and access management.  

How does this change affect sponsors?

Sponsors must use a new request in the Tech Service Portal beginning after Sept. 22, 2023 for any new accounts. The link to the new request is published on accounts.northeastern.edu.

Can non-managers be given the ability to sponsor accounts?

Non-managers cannot sponsor accounts, but managers may delegate some of the related tasks to non-managers. Through delegation, non-managers can request or manage accounts on behalf of sponsors. A manager must still be named as a sponsor for all accounts and accept individual responsibility for all transactions conducted using the credentials assigned to individuals whom they sponsor.

Visit knowledge article on managing account delegation.

Who is considered a manager?

A manager is any full-time, benefits eligible employee with a direct report assigned to them in Workday.

How does this change affect sponsored accounts?

Any account set up prior to Sept. 21, 2023 will not expire automatically before March 15, 2024. Sponsors and delegates may update these accounts to end earlier.

What does the new process look like for new sponsored accounts? 

The link to the new request is published at accounts.northeastern.edu. Sponsors need to provide basic information about the temporary employee, such as name and contact information, as well as the nature of their role with the university, such as job title. If any sensitive and personally identifiable information (PII) is required to process the account request, the account applicant will be notified and asked to supply it in a secure manner.

Read the knowledge article about requesting sponsored accounts.

How will sponsored accounts be managed beginning Sept. 22, 2023?

The link to renew, revoke, and modify sponsorships through the Tech Service Portal is published at accounts.northeastern.edu. Additional enhancements, such as the ability to review sponsorships, will also be brought into the Tech Service Portal later this fall.