I am a Harvard College student. Why can't I log into Skype or other Office 365 applications?

As a Harvard College student, your email, calendaring, and social applications are supported by Google. Your account is a Gmail account. It also gives you access to the Google Education Suite, including: Drive, Hangouts, Chats, Calendar, Sites and more. You do not have access to Microsoft Exchange products, which include, Outlook online, Calendar online and Skype for Business. You do have access to most Microsoft products including: SharePoint, Yammer, Microsoft Forms and the Office Online for Education suite.

macOS Sierra Update

December 2, 2016


On September 20, 2016, Apple released macOS Sierra (10.2). Starting December 5, HUIT is pleased to announce support for all new Apple desktops and laptops equipped with macOS Sierra. Since some older applications do not properly function with 10.12 and the upgrade process may render your computer non-operational, HUIT recommends that you do not upgrade your existing Apple computer to the Sierra operating system without contacting 

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All About Your New Computer

This information applies to FAS faculty and staff, as well as Central Administration staff, who have been provided with a new computer. Other users should contact their local IT department.

Along with your computer, you may have received a new or updated set of applications. As a result, HUIT has put together resources to help you become more familiar with some of the new features and tools, including materials pertaining to our standard suite of security applications, as well as some reference guides for the

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Vendor Risk Assessment


Performs a review of a vendor’s security controls in their system design, policies, and procedures

Key Features and Benefits

  • Identifies any significant security risks
  • Provides you the opportunity to address risks with the vendor prior to signing a contract
  • Protects Harvard’s confidential information
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Also known as: Password manager


LastPass personal premium accounts are currently offered at no cost to all members of the Harvard community. Visit to get it now.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Store all your passwords in one secure, central location
  • Generate and remember unique, complex passwords for all your accounts
  • Access from as many devices as you want – work desktop, smartphone, personal laptop, tablet, etc.
  • Synchronize your password updates; change a password from
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Research Administration Systems


The portfolio of Research Administration Systems supports the University’s research enterprise from an administrative, financial, and compliance perspective in accordance with federal and Harvard policies and regulations. We support research administrators, compliance officers, and researchers across the University.

IT Services

  • Human subjects research protocol creation, management, and compliance (ESTR)
  • Research overhead indirect cost rate negotiation and
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Campus Service Systems


Campus Services Applications develops, maintains and operates applications to support the business units that comprise Campus Services. These include:

  • Harvard Real-Estate (HRE)
  • Harvard University Housing (HUH)
  • Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS)
  • Harvard Faculty Club (HFC)
  • Energy and Facilities (E&F)
  • Harvard Transportation Services (HTS)
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)
  • Harvard Global and Global Support Services (HG/GSS)
  • Harvard International Office (HIO
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Human Resources Systems


Human Resources IT supports the University’s employee management needs, including recruitment, hiring, payroll, benefits, paid time off, talent management and training. Our user base is over 30,000 people for the Human Resources systems, and over 90,000 for the Training system. We support administrative users in all Schools and Units.

IT services

  • Staff Recruiting (Aspire)
  • Human Resources (PeopleSoft)
    • HR
    • Payroll
    • Benefits and Pension
    • Absence Management
    • Time and Labor
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