Software Access & Licensing Restrictions

The information below describes how certain software applications in the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) may have restricted access due to licensing or other factors. Details about the restrictions on specific applications is available on our software listings. Questions about any of the software licensing restrictions listed below can be directed to the CAEN Hotline.



Restricted to Student Instruction

Most software applications available in the CLSE are licensed as a “Student Instruction License.” This includes work related to a University of Michigan (U-M) course in which the student is currently enrolled and will receive a grade. Students who are enrolled in a U-M course during the current term are granted access automatically to run software licensed for student instruction. In addition, anyone assigned a role of primary instructor, secondary instructor, graduate student instructor (GSI), or grader of a U-M course in the current term will be granted access automatically.

Student Instruction Licenses are usually less expensive to purchase and are cost effective to deploy in the CLSE, but are restricted from being used for research purposes.

Restricted to Academic Research

In addition to student instruction, some software applications are also available for use as an “Academic Research License.” This includes student research, which must be directly related to obtaining a degree from U-M. Some software may also be licensed for non-commercial research use by regular employees. CAEN may, on a case-by-case basis and depending on license terms or availability, grant research staff with regular appointments (as verified by University data systems) access to software applications licensed for academic research (see Requesting Access to Specific Software Applications).

Since Academic Research Licenses are more expensive and may have limited availability, non-student researchers are generally expected to provide their own software to support their research, and to budget for licenses in grant proposals.

Restricted to On-Campus Networks

Many software applications have license terms that restrict their use over the network to on-campus locations only. These applications are not included in the Windows Remote Desktop or Linux Login services when connecting from off-campus networks (including U-M VPN networks).

Restricted to Course Enrollment

A few course-specific applications only offer the number of licenses needed to support the enrollment of one or more U-M courses. Only the students enrolled in the course(s) or the instructors teaching the course(s) may run these applications on the CLSE. For example, the GHS software application is only accessible to students enrolled in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering courses.

Restricted to Computer Lab(s)

The license terms and costs of select applications make it difficult to install them on every computer running the CLSE, so they are limited to only being accessible in certain labs, or even on specific computers. An example of an application with this restriction is Adobe CS6, which is only available on the computers in the lower level of the Duderstadt Center.

Restricted by Duo Two-Factor Authentication

Some software applications have license terms that restrict remote access to the use of two-factor authentication. For example, remote access to Cadence & Synopsys tools requires students to enroll a device for use with Duo two-factor authentication.