IT Basics

To use many U-M computing services you need to enter your uniqname (which identifies you) and your UMICH password (which authorizes and authenticates you). Additionally, you are required to use Duo two-factor authentication, as an extra security step. 

  • Getting Help

    The Information Technology and Audio Visual Services department at the Law School is known simply as LawIT/AV. The most efficient way to request computer or printer assistance, training, consultation, room reservations, or audio visual equipment and services is to place a request via the Law School’s web-based “work request” system.

    Submit a Work Request

    • Hardware 
    • Software (PowerPoint, Word, etc.)
    • Troubleshooting
    • Maintenance of computers and printers
    • Instruction/training (Canvas, Seating Chart, etc.)
    • Network access
    • General advice concerning computer purchases
    • Audio visual classroom support (see below)
    • Viruses/spyware problems
    • Data security concerns
    • Zoom support

    A/V Services

    All requests for A/V services and equipment, no matter how simple, must be placed through the online Event Reservations system. Advance notice is extremely important, especially if it requires staff to work overtime and weekends. Give as much notice as possible for major events (at least a month for symposia, one week but preferably more for video conferences). Even simple requests must be made at least two working days in advance to ensure availability of equipment and support staff.

    Submit an Event Request


  • Uniqname

    A computing ID (a three-to eight-letter personal identifier) at U-M is called a uniqname (pronounced “unique name”). It is public information and is printed on your MCard along with your full name. You may tell anyone your uniqname because it will be part of your e-mail address. (Your e-mail address is your [email protected]). 

    If you do not already have a uniqname, the Assistants to the Dean aid new regular faculty in acquiring a uniqname. The Assistant to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs performs the same service for visiting and adjunct faculty and lecturers. New staff should receive their uniqname during their orientation. Law IT can also create uniqnames upon request for guests, visitors, and groups for special purposes.

    Submit an IT Work Request

  • UMICH Password

    Your UMICH password authenticates you—or proves you are who you say you are—when you use most centrally-provided and many Law School-provided computing services.

    NEVER tell anyone your UMICH password. Keeping your password secret helps to guard against unauthorized use (or misuse) of U-M computing services in your name and protects against exposure of your personal private information (your social security number, paycheck etc.) stored in Wolverine Access, which is the gateway to all administrative systems at the University.

    Your UMICH password is your key to:

    Create (or change at any time) your UMICH password. Find out how to select a safe password.


  • Two-factor Authentication

    Two-factor Authentication means that when you log in, you provide two proofs of your identity. At U-M, that means your password plus Duo.

    You have multiple options for using Duo. See this guide for a list of Duo options as well as considerations for each option.

    This Duo management page will allow you to manage a device that you have already enrolled in Duo or enroll a new device for use with Duo.

    To request assistance with any of these, please submit a work request or ask someone in your department to place a work request for you.

  • Phone

    The university currently uses ITS Exchange for voice mail. A user guide is available to help you access and manage your voicemail.  We are slowly transitioning to Zoom phone.

  • Email

    The Law School uses and supports the university’s Gmail system for email. The preferred interface is Google Chrome, but other browsers will work as well.

    Tour Gmail

    Google at U-M


  • Email Groups



    Law School staff and Faculty

    Kurt Kaiser, Jenny Rickard

    Law School Faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    Law Emeritus Faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    Law Fall Visiting Faculty

    Robin Grimes, Jenny Rickard

    Law Regular Faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    law voting faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    Law TenureTrack Faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    Law Tenured Faculty

    Robyn Grimes

    Law Visiting Faculty Winter

    Robin Grimes

    Law School Staff

    John Loyd

    Law Library Staff

    Lisa Carey

    Law School Above Ground Staff

    John Loyd

    Law School Development and Alumni Relations

    Jenni Borden

    Law School Staff Admissions

    Shannon Briscoe

    Law School Staff Career Planning

    Tammy Sindlinger

    Law School Career Services

    Tammy Sindlinger

    Law School Staff Clerical

    Jenny Rickard

    Law School Staff Communications

    Shelley Rodgers

    Law School Staff Dean’s Office and HR

    Rachel Perrell

    Law School Staff Facilities Distribution and Receiving

    Jenny Rickard

    Law School Staff Financial Aid

    Nate Bauer, Kathy Johnson

    Law School Staff Financial Operations

    Christina Luo/Joe Castillo

    Law School Staff Information Technology

    John Loyd

    Law School Staff International Programs

    Stephanie Wiederhold

    Law School Staff Records

    Rashida Douglas

    Law Temporary Staff

    Robyn Grimes, John Loyd,

    Rachel Perrell


  • Email Away Message
  • Calendar

    The Law School uses and supports the university’s Google Calendar as its shared calendaring system.

    Tour Google Calendar

    About U-M and Google Calendar


  • Computer Backups

    Individual user devices (laptops or desktops) can be backed up with the University supported program called CrashPlan. The program will backup your user directory and all sub-directories on up to nine University owned and supported devices.

    Law School Information Technology staff can help you set up CrashPlan on your workstation or laptop to help you get started, and explain the basic functions of the program. After that you can fully manage the system without intervention. 

    About U-M Computer Backups

  • Standard Software

    The standard software package provided to new employees varies from time to time. Currently, it consists of:




    Operating System

    Windows 10 Enterprise



    Google Mail


    Microsoft Office 2016 / 365

    Microsoft Office 365


    Adobe Acrobat DC


    Adobe Reader DC


    Google Apps (Docs/Spreadsheet/Presentation)






    Google Meet

    File Transfer


    Web Browsers




    Mozilla Firefox


    Google Chrome






    NotePad ++




    Crash Plan


    Crowdstrike Falcon


    Several applications are available upon request. You may request specialized software not included in the standard software package by submitting a work request.  

  • Shared Equipment

    Laptop Loaners

    There are a few laptop computers available to faculty and staff for limited periods of time. Laptops should be reserved at least 48 hours in advance by submitting a work request. A Request for Removal and Use of University Equipment form must be completed and signed prior to taking the laptop home.

    Network Printers, Copiers, Scanners, Fax Machines

    The university has encouraged schools and colleges on campus to decrease local printing/personal printers and move toward shared network printing in order to save money and resources. Employee computers will be configured to print to the most convenient network printer in their area. 

    Many of our printers are multi-function devices, incorporating print, copy, scan to email, and fax features in one machine. 

    If you wish to use any of the network printers listed in the table of shared equipment locations and features, please submit a work request


    LawIT has developed an online form to facilitate distribution of toner cartridges and track toner usage. Please request toner cartridge replacements by completing the toner cartridge request form

    Instructions are provided to assist you with filling out the form.​

  • Energy Efficient Computing


    • Do not leave your computer running overnight and on weekends
    • Try to plan your computer-related activities so you can do them all at once, keeping the computer off at other times
    • A modest amount of turning on and off will not harm the computer or monitor. The life of a monitor is related to the amount of time it is in use, not the number of on and off cycles
    • The best screen saver is no screen saver at all - turn off your monitor when you are not using it. This option is second best only to turning off your computer all together


    • Review your document on the screen instead of printing a draft. If you must print a draft, use the blank back side of used paper
    • When making copies, use double-sided copying
    • Do not print out copies of email unless necessary
    • Use “paperless” methods of communication such as email, Google Chat, and scan-to-email


  • Statistical Assistance

    The Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (CSCAR) provides free statistical consulting to all UM faculty, staff, and graduate students to help with the design, planning, analysis, and presentation of results of research studies.

    CSCAR also offers workshops for a fee on statistical methods, including sample size calculation, basic and advanced regression, structural equation models, data mining, and spatial statistics; basic and intermediate use of statistical software, including SAS, Stata, R, SPSS, and ArcGIS; and a brief one-day overview of important statistical topics called Statistics: A Review, which is offered in the Fall and Winter.

    Read more

  • Other Resources

Other Services

Classroom Applications


Data Security

Data security at the Law School is a cooperative effort. LawIT can provide firewalls, update your computer software with patches, lock down your machine with access restrictions, and provide other tools for preventing inappropriate access to the sensitive data used in the course of carrying out your duties. But a major part of security is user behavior. Most security incidents occurring at the Law School are a result of web browsing to infected web sites and clicking on email links with infected content.

Some safety tips:

  • When possible, rather than clicking on links, type them in manually
  • Minimize browsing Websites you are not familiar with
  • Think before you click – Think twice before you click banner ads or pop-up windows
  • Protection provided by the Law School

    The Law School has several measures in place for protecting computers and the network:

    • The school is firewalled as a whole
    • Each computer has a local firewall enabled
    • Anti-virus protection software is loaded on each computer and is updated regularly through the University
    • CrashPlan is installed on each computer to provide a daily backup of local files to the network, the purpose of which is to restore lost data from local machines.
    • LawIT maintains regular backups of network servers. The purpose of these backups is to restore the system in case of data loss due to a system crash
    • We have an incident response team for security incidents and questions who should be alerted by way of the work request system 
    • LawIT gives ‘User’ level access to reduce the exposure of workstations by default
    • LawIT uses computer patch management software to automatically update software on school computers as needed 
  • U-M Resources

    The threat landscape is constantly changing. To address this, the University has departments that keep up with all the changes and provide information and tips to the U-M community. Some of the issues tracked include phishing, virus outbreaks, security updates for operating systems and applications, and hoaxes.  The links below and to the right point to some of the security services offered by the University.

    Antivirus information

    Consult an IT User Advocate

    Read about U-M information assurance

    U-M IT policies

  • Personal Identifiable Information (PII)

    As a member of the University community, you may have access to personally identifiable information (PII). It is essential that this PII is protected. Never save PII to your workstation without consulting with LawIT about encrypting the data.

    What is PII?

    PII is Personally Identifiable Information. It is information which can be used to uniquely identify, contact or locate a single person, or may enable disclosure of personal information.

    See more examples of sensitive data.

    Why protect PII?

    • Unauthorized disclosure of PII may lead to identity theft or may otherwise harm the University or an individual
    • It is required by U-M’s Standard Practice Guide 601.12
    • It is required by federal, state and industry regulations

    Note: Any virus on any machine with PII constitutes a security breach, according to the University Security group (IA).

    Who should I tell if I recognize that PII has been compromised?

    Inform Kurt Kaiser, the Law School’s security administrator at [email protected] 

  • Computer Patch and Power Management

    Patch management

    In order for LawIT to successfully perform security updates and patches to Law School computers to protect our machines from ever-increasing vulnerabilities and malware attacks, it is required that you turn off your computer at the end of your work day. Shutting down your computer at night and on weekends will ensure that your work is saved properly before the patches are applied. Not doing so could jeopardize the integrity of unsaved work. Your assistance will not only protect your computer from security threats but will also have a big impact on the Law School‘s efforts to save energy.

    If there are reasons why you cannot participate in this process, please contact LawIT via the work request system.

    Power management

    As part of the university’s green computing effort, the Law School has implemented power management strategies to reduce electricity consumption by default on local work computers. Power management is a feature that turns off computers or switches them to a low power state when not in use. Applying power management settings to faculty and staff workstations at the Law School will save substantial energy over time.

    If there are reasons why you cannot participate in this process, please contact LawIT via the work request system