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Using RIT's Directory Services

RIT provides an online directory that allows you to search for contact information related to people connected with the campus. The RIT Directory uses LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), which is a common method for mail programs to look up e-mail addresses.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to set up your e-mail client to connect to your RIT computer account. For assistance with these instructions please contact the ITS Service Desk.



Normally whatever you post in the LDAP database is publicly accessible, however, a student can place restrictions on who can view his or her e-mail address and personalized e-mail address fields in LDAP. A student can choose from one of the following three options:

  • Allow anyone to view the information.
  • Allow only "on-campus" users or anyone authenticating with a DCE username and password to view the information. (Note: A person is considered "on-campus" when he or she uses on-campus Ethernet or the RIT DialIP Internet service.)
  • Allow only RIT business users to view the information. Currently, anyone authenticating with a faculty, staff, or departmental account is considered an RIT business user.
Only a student can change the access to his or her e-mail address information. The change must be invoked from page