Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Two different VPN devices that School of Medicine students may need
Academic – Most School of Medicine students will need this.
Health System – A few School of Medicine students who are accessing clinical data and systems will need this.
Access to some academic resources is limited to being on Grounds. This includes recorded lectures, virtual slides, Health Sciences Library subscriptions and other fair use materials. When off-grounds, you can use either UvaAnywhere or UvaAnywhere-Lite to create the VPN connection necessary to access these resources. Both of these only work off grounds.
Which do you need? The Lite version requires no installation, but only works for things that run in a web browser like Safari, Edge, or Chrome. The UVaAnywhere program works for all applications, but requires installation. If your application is browser-based like Virtual Slides or many library subscriptions, then UvaAnywhere-Lite is all you need.
Here’s a more complete explanation of the difference between these two products:
For additional assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk:
Health System VPN
In order to use the Health System VPN, you’ll need to request access by filling out a form (login with your health system password) and acknowledging the user agreement. Click on “Access Request”
and then fill out the form, making sure to select “VPN” for System and Role
Click on “smart select” and “default” and then Add to Cart. Once you checkout for VPN access, you’ll need to go back and fill out the user agreement. Go to:
And click through to finish your request. It may take up to 24-48 hours for your access to be approved.