CalNet Sponsored Guests

All CalNet Sponsored Guests must abide by campus policies related to using electronic resources, including the Computer Use Policy.

If you are a Sponsored Guest having trouble logging in, check our our Sponsored Guest User Guide!

What is CalNet Sponsored Guests?

CalNet Sponsored Guests is a service for campus applications to allow guests to use their personal Google login in lieu of a Calnet ID for authentication.

Who qualifies to be a Sponsored Guest?

A CalNet Sponsored Guest is a temporary, unpaid collaborator, auditor, or conference attendee. For example, a Sponsored Guest may be auditing a course in bCourses or assisting campus administrators on an initiative. Anyone with a Gmail account can be a Sponsored Guest.

Who does not qualify?

Sponsored Guests are not intended to replace official campus affiliates. Sponsored Guest accounts are also not intended for students, current employees, or future employees.

Sponsored Guest accounts are not for anyone who is paid by the University or who needs access to restricted campus services. These individuals need an official campus affiliate account. Review the general requirements for requesting an affiliate or cotact your HR support partner for assistance.

Need more help determining whether you need a guest or affiliate? See: Guest and Affiliate Accounts

What services can a Sponsored Guest access?

  • bCourses

  • For other campus services, please contact the service owner directly to determine if the service allows access to Sponsored Guests.

What services are not eligible for Sponsored Guests?

  • bMail accounts

  • Active Directory privileges

  • Library privileges

  • Cal1Cards

  • Listing in the campus directory

How do I allow Sponsored Guest access to my application?

If you are a service provider and would like to allow Sponsored Guests to log in to your service, submit a CAS service request via Service Now. For technical details on Guest Accounts, see Guests OU.


Have questions? Email calnet-admin@berkeley.edu for assistance.