Linux Service Account Description

Getting an Account

Regular Accounts

Anyone with an active HawkID can use our automated provisioning feature that will create a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Linux account. 

You can auto-provision an account by following the Remote Linux Desktop instructions (preferred method) or by logging in with an SSH client to (for more advanced users), which creates an account the first time you login either to our FastX Remote Linux Desktop environment or login directly via SSH.

Course Accounts

Anyone with an active HawkID can login to any of the Windows machines in the computer laboratories. If an instructor would like their students to use a Linux environment, their students can set up their CLAS Linux environment by using their HawkIDs to login as instructed above.

Sponsored Accounts

Anyone who is not affiliated with The University of Iowa must acquire an active HawkID by having some department on campus set up a zero-dollar appointment. A CV and appropriate University of Iowa title (e.g., Research Assistant II) are a requirement of the zero-dollar appointment. The zero dollar appointment will create or extend a HawkID for the appointee. The HawkID will expire whenever the zero-dollar appointment ends.

Account Expiration

A HawkID becomes inactive whenever the person holding the HawkID no longer is affiliated with The University of Iowa. When a person's HawkID becomes inactive, their CLAS Linux account will be deleted. Also, if a CLAS Linux account appears to have been inactive for a year, the account holder will be notified that their CLAS Linux account will be deleted within 90 days, unless the holder logs into their CLAS Linux account or requests the CLAS Linux Group to keep their account.

Accounts Policy

Terms of Use

Before Logging In: Responsibilities and Rules
Acceptable Use Policy

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

Accounts Help

Quick Start to Linux Computing
Frequently Asked Questions

Linux Computer Lab Help