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Update: New Password Rules Mon., 6/14

June 14, 2021

Update 6/11/21:

On Monday, June 14, 2021, IT Account password rules will be updated to align with new standards for digital identities and authentication from the National Institute of Standards in Technology (NIST).

These changes apply to new IT accounts and the next time you change your IT account password. You will not be required to change your password on June 14.

Box Retirement Timeline Extended By Two Weeks to Fri., 7/16

June 10, 2021

The Box retirement timeline has been extended by two weeks. This will enable Microsoft to resolve additional issues with the sharing features in the OneDrive web app reported by some members of our campus community.

We are taking this step out of an abundance of caution to ensure that you and your colleagues can fully access your Box content in OneDrive once the transition is finalized. The new anticipated date for retiring Box is Friday, July 16, 2021. Updated transition timeline

UPDATE: University Websites to Undergo Emergency Maintenance

June 7, 2021

6:00 p.m.

As a security precaution, our technical teams plan to perform emergency maintenance to the UMass Amherst web hosting environment. The exact maintenance window will be announced as soon as it becomes available. This is a necessary step following the availability issues reported earlier this morning as it will significantly reduce the potential exposure of some university websites to known information security threats.

Box Retirement: Steps You Can & Cannot Take During the Review Period

June 4, 2021

The review period, a significant milestone in the transition from Box to OneDrive, began June 1 this week.

Box Retirement
Review Period: June 1 - June 13, 2021 

Do not move or edit any files in the BoxData folder until after June 13.​

Planned Maintenance: SPIRE Unavailable - Fri., 5/28, 5 p.m. - Sat., 5/29, noon

May 29, 2021

SPIRE, the university's student records system, will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, May 28 to noon on Saturday, May 29, while UMass Amherst Information Technology (IT) performs planned maintenance. If you are experiencing issues with SPIRE outside of the maintenance window, please contact IT User Services at 413-545-TECH (8324) or