Students and Most Instructors:
You will receive the appropriate SPIRE access automatically.
Staff, some Instructors and Advisors:
If your job requires you to work with student records in SPIRE, including advising, follow these steps for additional SPIRE access:
1. Complete FERPA Certification
FERPA (the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the confidentiality of student records. All applicants for SPIRE for Staff or SPIRE for Advisors access must become familiar with the FERPA law and must complete FERPA Certification. We recommend that you take the online FERPA certification quiz as soon as possible.
2. Apply for Additional SPIRE Access
Log into SPIRE and navigate to My SPIRE > SPIRE Access Request. Follow the directions on the page and your request will be sent to your department head and the Registrar’s office for approval. You can track where your requests are in the approval process at UMass Tools > Administration > SPIRE Access Apprv Status/Hist. The table below contains descriptions of the types of access available, as well as the corresponding training requirements. If you need access that does not seem to fit into any of the training type descriptions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Get SPIRE Training
Once approved, we will email details of required training.