This web page should answer most common questions related to account sponsorship and renewals.
An account sponsor is an active permanent staff or faculty member who is responsible for your account. In most cases, this is the person who signed your original account form when you first got your BSOE account.
Account sponsors help us keep our accounts database accurate by telling us when people have left the university, changed roles or have been moved to another sponsor. This allows us to respond to account changes in a timely manner.
An account sponsor will have to renew your account periodically. Student and guest accounts will have to be renewed once per year. Staff, lecturers and researcher accounts must be renewed every 5 years. Ladder-rank faculty accounts are renewed every 10 years.
Any permanent staff or faculty member can sponsor an account indefinitely for almost any reason. Any connection to the BSOE is enough to keep an account open, including researchers, colleagues or former students. The only test is "does this person still have some tangential relationship with the BSOE". If the answer to that question is "yes", then the account can be renewed.
Accounts that expire will no longer be able to log in to any BSOE services.
This account controls your access to all BSOE workstations and servers.
You can apply to have your account converted to an alumni account, which will let you keep your e-mail address and a small home page hosted at the BSOE.
Usually this happens when you either hire a new person, or an existing account is transferred into your sponsorship by the former sponsor. This usually happens when a grad student changes advisers or a staff member moves to a new position.
The web page is: https://accounts.soe.ucsc.edu/accounts/sponsored-accounts
Account type definitions are now included on the new account registration form.