GS Accounts

This page describes the requirements and procedures for obtaining a Genome Sciences user account. If you already have an account and need assistance, please contact GS-ITS.

GS-ITS has transitioned to a user authentication system called Genome Sciences Directory Services (GSDS). GSDS is used for authentication across all desktop and server systems managed by Genome Sciences IT Services. Along with GSDS accounts, GS-ITS will create other accounts as needed.

Account Application Process for UW Faculty, Staff, and Students

  1. User gets a UW NetID from UW Technology. UW NetID's are managed by UW Technology. Go to http://www.washington.edu/computing for details about getting a UW NetID, setting a password, and other related information. For personal assistance, contact help [at] u.washington.edu or call (206) 221-5000.

    All GS accounts require a UW NetID. Your UW NetID will be used for your GSDS username. Standardizing GS accounts with reference to UW NetIDs allows us to write web tools, audit accounts, standardize contact methods, and maintain a one-to-one relationship between individuals and accounts. It will also allow us the option to switch authentication to the main campus system at a later date. If you are currently using a username that does not match your UW NetID on GS-ITS managed systems, we will contact you to discuss the transition.

  2. User completes and returns required School of Medicine paperwork. Review, sign, and return the UW School of Medicine "Privacy, Confidentiality, and Information Security" agreement.

    This must be returned to the Genomes Sciences HR manager for recording and filing prior to account creation.

    Download PDF: Form PP-04 Attachment A
    Source: UW Medicine Compliance | Privacy Policies

  3. Sponsoring PI requests an account. Submit a request by contacting GS-ITS. The account should be created within one working day.

    The GSDS user account will be created and the user will be notified by an email sent to their UW NetID email account. Instructions for setting your password will be included in the email.

Account Application Process for Non-UW Guests

  1. PI requests/initiates a sponsored UW NetID from UW Technology. Sponsors may fill out the UW NetID Request Form .

    Note: Typically, no "computing services" need to be applied to the account.

    On-line Form: Sponsored UW NetID Request Form
    Source(instructions): Sponsored UW NetIDs

    For personal assistance, contact help [at] u.washington.edu or call (206) 221-5000.

  2. User is notified of UW NetID creation and sets email forwarding to a monitored account. All accounts require a UW NetID. Your UW NetID will be used for your GSDS username. It is important your UW NetID email address is a private, monitored email address and not a public (or "anonymous") email address. Please set it to forward to an appropriate email account.

  3. User completes and returns required School of Medicine paperwork. Review, sign, and return the UW School of Medicine "Privacy, Confidentiality, and Information Security" agreement.

    This must be returned to Genome Sciences HR manager for recording and filing prior to account creation.

    Download PDF: Form PP-04 Attachment A
    Source: UW Medicine Compliance | Privacy Policies

  4. Sponsoring PI requests an account. Submit a request. The account should be created within one working day.

    The GSDS user account will be created and the user will be notified by an email sent to their UW NetID email account. Instructions for setting your password will be included in the email.