UMass Sesquicentennial UMass Amherst


Welcome to A&F Administrative Systems.  Our goal is to provide A&F staff with the systems, software, and training that's needed to do your jobs with excellence.  Please use the menu above to navigate our application and desktop support areas.  Should you need further assistance, please refer to the contact information to the right.  Our office will be happy to assist you.

Alerts & Notices

Applications HR Direct downtime this weekend

HR Direct will be unavailable from 4am on Saturday (11/21) morning thru Sunday (11/22) at 4pm. Please plan accordingly.

Desktop Outlook Desktop Client Log In Issues

There has been reported campus wide issues with logging into Outlook on your desktop computer or laptop. UMIT is aware of the issue and looking for a solution.

To access your email please go to the web version of outlook:

This will allow you to view your emails on your account for the time being.

If you need to access an additional mailbox but dont normally log in with the password, you can access the other account through the web client. At the top you can switch accounts by clicking your name then typing the email of the other account if you have access.

Applications Logging into HR Direct

If you attempt to login to HR Direct for your paycheck and receive the error message "Invalid Credentials",  your password might be expired.  If this happens, please contact UMass Amherst Information Technology at 5-9400 or email  If you had set an alternative email, you can also use the "Forgot Your Password" link on the SPIRE login page.

Desktop ALERT: How to report fraud emails

Please be cautious of scams and possible phishing attempts. If you are unsure about an email, it's best not to click any links or open any attachments. Feel free to call or email us with questions. We will be able to help determine if it's a threat or not. If you are going to send an email to us about a specific email in question, please "Forward as an Attachment" (done by going using the "More" button next to the normal reply/forward section of outlook). This allows us to trace where the email came from and determine what systems are compromised.

Desktop Ad Blocking in Chrome and Internet Explorer with Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is being utlilized to reduce network traffic and exposure to compromising ads. It is currently being pushed out to Chrome and Internet Explorer.

A new icon will show in the upper right of the Chrome window, or the lower right area of the Internet Explorer window. It will apear as:


If you encounter problems on a website and belive it to be the Adblock Plus (ABP), you can disable ad blocking for websites with the following instructions:

Disabling ABP in Chrome:

  1. Click the ABP Icon in the toolbar area.
  2. Click on the line where it says "Enabled on this site". It should now change to "Disabled on this site".

Disabling ABP in Internet Explorer:

  1. Click the ABP Icon in the lower toolbar area.
  2. Click on the line where it says "Disable on {current site}". It should now change to be disabled for the current site.
Applications Redesigned Secure Access login page

The University Of Massachusetts President’s Office Information Technology Services (UITS) has redesigned the Secure Access Login page to be more mobile friendly and will implement it on Monday, October 26th.   This login page is used for Finance, HR Direct, Summit, BuyWays and eCert.  No action is required by you since your bookmarks/favorites should still work and there is no change to your login username and password.


Desktop Java no longer supported in Chrome

Please note Java is no longer supported in the Google Chrome web browser.  

If you are having a problem with Java please make sure you are working in Internet Explorer (IE).  Some examples of web based applications that use Java are: Summit, Tririga, MyMicros, ImageNow, SQBX.  

For more information see the link below.

If you have any questions please call AFIT at 413-545-1956