Getting Started with IT for Staff

The following information will assist you in "Getting Started" with Information Technology resources at Rice University.


NetID is your unique login credential (Username) for Rice resources. 

When can I activate my NetID?
  • New hire paperwork must be completed with Human Resources before you are eligible for activating your Rice NetID.
  • Your Rice NetID is established within 24-48 hours in which you will receive an email that includes your RiceID upon completion of your employment status. You will need to follow the "Activate Your NetID" process. 
  • Note:  "Jot down" your NetID during the activation process, you will not be able to retrieve it online.
Activate Your NetID | Manage Your NetID Account
NetID Automatic Account Lockout

For more information, visit MyNetID Instructions


Getting Started

Install VPN Client Software


Rice Acceptable Use Policy, Digital Copyright Compliance and Computer Security

In order to use computers on the Rice Network, all users must:

Rice Faculty and Staff Email 
  • Rice faculty and staff access email (known as Cyrus mail) through Rice Webmail.
  • Email Setup - using a mail client such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, etc.
G Suite for Education
  • Rice faculty and staff use the Google web interface for Core apps except for Mail
  • Core Apps - Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Groups, Contacts, Keep, Chat, Meet, Mail

Getting Connected

Step 1:  OIT Support Staff will connect your primary computer to the Rice network and set it up to use Rice printers.
Note:  By clicking the buttons below, you can connect your personal computer to the wireless network. Printers may vary by your department.

 Windows  Mac  Linux  Printer

Step 2: Connect your mobile devices to the Rice network.
Connect your smart phone and mobile devices.

Learning Management System (LMS) : Canvas
Canvas is Rice's Learning Management System for all course-related curriculum needs.  Some Rice training for staff may be presented through Canvas.

Rice LMS  > Canvas
Instructor Resources
Student Resources
Rice Canvas 101
Canvas Workshops

Additional Resources for Faculty and Staff
IT Status:  Stay informed on IT Maintenance and Events
OIT Website
Software Available for Faculty and Staff
Teaching and Learning Tools
Learning Spaces: Classrooms and Labs
Create a website

Need Technical Support?

Technical Support

Rice OIT Help Desk
Location: Mudd 103
Hours:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 713-348-4357 (713-348-HELP)
Request for Help:  OIT Ticket

** Walk-In Service | Student Computing Consultants
Mudd 103 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F
Fondren 1st Floor | 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. | After Labor Day

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