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Glossary of Terms

Affiliate Class
An EID class representing people with a close relationship with the university, such as donors, library patrons, and former faculty, staff, and students.
Specifies a person's relationship (or relationships) to the university in very broad terms. At any point in time, an individual may have no defined relationship, one defined relationship, or many defined relationships with the university.
Assurance Level
In the old EID system: The level of confidence that the user was an actual person. There were 5 assurance levels: High, Pending High, Medium, Low, and Pending Low. High assurance (and pending high within the grace period) conferred power of electronic signature. This concept has been deprecated with the new EID system.
Authentication (Logon) Status
Defines whether an EID holder is able to login with their UT EID and password. Possible values are initial, active, and inactive. Initial means the EID holder has never logged in using their UT EID and password, but can do so if desired. Active means the EID holder can log in. Inactive means the EID holder cannot log in because the EID is locked.
A way to group affiliations into sets that have similar characteristics. There are three EID classes—Guest, Affiliate, and Member. An EID can belong to only one EID class at any time, as determined based on the EID's affiliations.
A record within the EID system that includes the attributes UIN and UT EID.
EID Contact
An individual who can provide EID help (including the ability to reset a UT EID password) to an EID holder. The EID holder's affiliations determine their EID contacts.
EID Role
In the old EID system: Designated what areas tried to create an EID for a person. When EIDs were created, a role was assigned to them. A single EID may have had multiple roles, each with a component and status associated with it. This concept has been deprecated with the new EID system.
EID Type
A category of EID defined by what kind of entity it represents. Each EID type has specific business rules and properties. For more information on EID types, refer to the page on New EID Types.
A set of rights to a set of resources. An EID holder may have many entitlements, each with a start and end date (end dates may be in perpetuity).
Guest Class
An EID class representing people with a very loose connection to the university, such as prospective students. This category also includes those with no affiliation.
Identification-Proofed Entitlement
An indicator that a person has had their identity verified, either by an authorized administrator or a notary public, through the display of a government-issued photo ID.
Legal Signature Entitlement
An indicator that a person is entitled to conduct legal transactions using their EID and password. The signed consent of the individual is required to acquire this entitlement.
Lock Type
Defines if the EID is locked and why it is locked. When an EID account is locked, the logon status will always be inactive. For more information, refer to the page on Handling Locked UT EIDs.
Member Class
An EID class representing active members of the university community, such as current students, faculty, and staff.
Non-person Record
A record that represents something that cannot be defined as a person. Refer to Types of EIDs for more information.
Person Record
A record in a system that represents a person.
Password Requirements
The password for each UT EID must meet one of two strength requirements—Medium or Strong. For more information, refer to the page on Password Requirements.
Restrictions apply to information about an identity and limit who may view this information. The restriction may apply to the identity record as a whole or just particular attributes of the identity. One identity may have many restrictions, and each of these has a start and end date (the end date may be in perpetuity).
A university-issued, 16 character, randomly generated, cryptographically sound hexadecimal number.
The public username that uniquely identifies an EID. Person EIDs start with letters, whereas non-person EIDs start with numbers. For person EIDs, the UT EID is the EID holder's public username, which is directory information (public but not published).