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Federated identity management


Federated identity management allows members of one organization to use their authentication credentials to access a web application in another institution. UM participates in the InCommon federation that includes education, research and partner organizations. The federation provides a common framework for trusted shared management of access to online resources. Through InCommon, identity providers can give their users single sign-on convenience and privacy protection, while online service providers control access to their protected resources.

  • Through InCommon, campuses leverage their identity databases to allow for the use of one set of credentials to access multiple resources.
  • Online service providers no longer need to maintain user accounts.
  • Identity providers manage the levels of their users' privacy and information exchange.
  • InCommon uses SAML-based authentication and authorization systems (such as Shibboleth) to enable scalable, trusted collaborations among its community of participants.

How to request



No charge.


Anyone with an official UM identity.




 IT Central Help Desk at 243-4357 or visit Social Sciences 120, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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