University of Wisconsin–Madison

Steps to take before leaving UW–Madison

Whether you’re about to graduate, retire, or take another job off campus, take these few steps to make your transition as smooth as possible.

What happens to your NetID and access to UW applications when you are no longer faculty, staff or student?

Your NetID will remain active, but you may lose access to the applications that are only available to those actively enrolled or employed at UW–Madison. Take the time now to make sure that you’ve backed up any important information before the deactivation process begins.

DoIT Tech Store discounts and discounted software

  • Your eligibility to buy from WISC Software (Wisconsin Integrated Software Catalog) ends after you leave UW–Madison. Purchasing from WISC Software provides deep savings. Grads should make any purchases before commencement.
  • Also, graduating seniors will lose access to desktop apps installed under UW–Madison’s Office 365 licensing agreement soon after they graduate. For continued use of the desktop apps, consider a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.

What if I’m retiring?

Emeritus faculty and staff, and retired staff whose department maintains a special authorization record, are handled differently from faculty, staff and students who are leaving the University. Contact your Human Resources department for details about your specific situation.

Obtain a transcript

Potential employers or graduate school admissions may request a copy of your transcript. Order a copy early, and dazzle them with your preparedness.


Learn more about what you need to do before you leave or contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance.