According to the university computer centre, I’m no longer a student, and therefore my login and email account have been deactivated. This is despite the fact I’ll be re-enrolling in 10 days time, and that I use my email account for work within the university.
Normally students get a ‘grace period’ over the summer where, after graduation, they may still use university facilities and have access to university systems. This grace period must have ended some time in the early hours of this morning. It now means that I cannot log on to any machine in the university using my credentials, nor can I access my university email account or use Wifi. It’s the loss of my email address that annoys me the most as I have things like my PayPal account based around that address.
It does seem incredibly harsh that the university has cut my access like this, especially as my student profile, from which the data about my status is taken, clearly states that I have provisional attendance for the next academic year. The university should have either waited until after the enrolment period is over before deactivating old accounts, or only deactivated those where the student was not coming back to study in the next academic session.
I’ve spoken to the university’s IT helpdesk and they’ve said there’s nothing they can do until I re-enrol, so it means I’m going to be pretty much without internet access until my enrolment is processed (or if we somehow manage to get broadband at home in the next 10 days). Even after that I’m not entirely sure whether I’ll still have all of the emails I’ve saved in my account over the past three years or any of the files in my university user space.
All in all, I’m pretty pissed off. But, on the other hand, it’s not like I’m expecting to have a lot of time to use the internet over the next few days anyway.