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CUMC Applications and Access

Faculty, Staff and Students at the Columbia University Medical Center require access to a wide variety of applications and data. We've consolidated a list of many of these programs with information on how to request access and receive assistance.

Computer Logins, Email and Network Drives

WIND login for UNI account UNI - the University Network ID is the login or username for many applications and electronic resources at Columbia and CUMC. It consists of your initials followed by an arbitrary number.
Example UNI: abc1234
Many online programs present a the Columbia University Authentication screen shown to the right when you must provide your UNI and its password to login. Common resources that use the UNI for login include myColumbia for employee payroll and benefit information and Student Information Systems.

The Manage My UNI website is used to select your password when your UNI is first activated, and enter security questions that will be presented if you need to reset a forgotten password in the future. You can also use Manage My UNI to immediately change your password.
  • If you do not know whether you have a UNI, please first search for it by your first and last name at Manage My UNI, as it may have already been automatically created.
  • If you do not have a UNI, your department must request one for you. Employees should see their Department Administrator or supervisor for assistance; students must contact their school or Student Administrative Services. CUMC IT cannot process UNI requests.

Exchange Email, Shared Calendars and Outlook - CUMC IT provides Exchange email accounts (ending in for Medical Center faculty, staff and students. Pease see the Email at CUMC pages for information on requesting an account, help and tutorials.

Domain Account (Computer Login) - domain accounts are used to login to a work computer that has been connected to a "domain" or network and connected resources. CUMC IT manages the MC domain; departments with their own IT staff might use and manage a different domain. See the Computer Login and MC Domain Account pages for assistance with obtaining an account, password help and more.

Network Drive Storage - CUMC IT offers network connected storage on drive space that meets CUMC encryption requirements for confidential and sensitive data.

  • The Add or Modify Network Drive Access form to add or change access to network drive(s). The user must already have an MC Domain Account.
  • CUMC IT Network Drives typically connect automatically upon login to a computer that is on the MC domain. To manually connect to a drive or access it from off campus, please see Remote Network Drive Access.

Financial Programs

Academic and Research Programs

  • Advance: The Alumni Development System. See for access, training and support information.
  • CourseWorks:
    For support please see resources and links on the CourseWorks home page, email or contact the CUMC IT Service Desk for assistance on the Medical Center campus. You can logon to CourseWorks with your Columbia UNI and password, but will only have access to classes in which you are currently enrolled. Instructors requiring access should contact CCNMTL at 212-854-9058. Students must be added by the instructor; logon is with your UNI and password. If you are not able to log in please contact the instructor first to verify that you have been given access.
  • Echo 360: Lectures, presentations, demos, and tutorials in most classrooms can be recorded at the presenter's request and published via CourseWorks. Details can be found at Echo Lecture Recordings page.
  • ExamSoft and SofTest: SofTest is used to take course and clerkship exams. Students are typically emailed specific information on using SofTest by their schools. General support and compatibility information is at
  • Medline or Ovid: Logon with your Columbia UNI and password. If you are off campus, please use the link from the Health Science Library's Ovid MEDLINE page to enter. For initial technical support select the Help button in the upper right hand corner of the Ovid window, otherwise please contact the CUMC IT Service Desk. Classes on using MEDLINE, Pubmed and CINHAL are held regularly by the HSL's Reference Librarians.
  • New Innovations: a web based program currently used by third year clerkships at CUMC to record data about their clinical visits. Only faculty, residents and students involved in the clerkships have access to the system. Log in via, and see the Help link and Support Center within the New Innovations site for assistance. Please contact your school for additional login or support issues.
  • Pharos Printing: Printing, copying and scanning at CUMC for students is provided by the Pharos printers, located in the Hammer Building's Lower Level 1 through 2nd floors in addition to many student housing and study areas. For general printing and copying information please click here.
  • Qualtrics: an online survey tool and research suite licensed at CUMC, login with your UNI at Faculty and staff can contact 5-Help to request access to the Qualtrics 360 tool for assessments, and may then create reviews that can be sent to students to use.
    Training on using Qualtrics is at, or for Qualtrics 360. For additional help please contact Qualtrics directly using support and contact information on their site.
  • Rascal:, Columbia's Research Administration System. For logon access and technical support please see Rascal's Help Page.
  • Student Services Online (SSOL) and Student Information Systems (SIS) - Students will be added by their school/program. Anyone requiring access to manage SIS information should submit the online form:
  • Catalogs, eJournals and Databases including OVID Medline, PubMED, Electronic Journals and Books, CLIO - current full time faculty, staff and students can access these from off campus via their UNI and password. This excludes UpToDate, which can only be viewed from off campus when connected to VPN.

Clinical Programs

Other Programs

  • HIPAA Training: also called Sight Training. An online training system covering required security and HIPAA related topics for CUMC faculty, staff and students. Login to with your Columbia UNI and password and follow instructions to take any required or optional courses. See the Help link in the left column of the website for computer and browser requirements, or contact the CUMC IT Service Desk at extension 5-Help for issues.
  • GuardianEdge is now called Symantec Endpoint Encryption, see immediately below for details.
  • Symantec Endpoint Encryption: this is the CUMC IT recommended encryption software for faculty and staff compatible Windows desktops. Please see the Symantec Endpoint Encryption web pages for information on requesting and using the program.
  • VPN - this may be required to connect to CUMC resources from a computer or device that is off campus. Using VPN first requires installation or set up on the system, once this is done you can login to VPN using your Columbia UNI and password (or an NYPH CWID login). For support please contact the CUMC IT Service Desk at extension 5-Help.

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Last updated 2/25/2014

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