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Connecting to the CUMC Network from Off Campus

There are a number of ways to connect to CUMC resources from off campus:

  • VPN - If you need to connect to a network drive, secured web site or CUMC program from off campus, VPN provides the required secure connection to the campus network from the off campus computer.
    • The off campus computer must have a working Internet connection.
    • The easiest way to log in to VPN is via the NYP/CUMC SSL VPN Service Web Site (using your Columbia UNI or NYP ID and password). If you have not done this before and experience any issues, please see our step by step instructions on using VPN.
    • You may also need information to set up the computer or device to connect the campus resource, such as a network drive.
  • Be sure to verify in advance that VPN will allow you to connect as desired. Since different IT groups often manage different resources, please check with your supervisor first or contact 5-Help for more information.

  • Accessing E-Resources - online journals, books and other Library resources is available from off campus through any web browser. You must start from the HSL home page or Find Books, Articles and More page and then log in with your active UNI and password when prompted.
    • UptoDate requires connecting to CUMC VPN first when accessing from off campus.
    • Casual staff and Alumni may not be able to access Library E-Resources. Alumni can see the CU Library Services - Alumni page for information on resources available after graduating.
  • High speed network access from off campus is not provided by CUMC. If you require it for work purposes you must arrange to use a private vendor and speak to your supervisor or Department Administrator regarding billing.

  • Remote Desktop can only be used when connected via VPN. It cannot be used for direct access as it is a very insecure method of connecting back to the Columbia network. See Remote Desktop Standards and the Remote Access section of the Columbia University Information Resource Access Control And Log Management Policy.


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Last updated 12/28/2017