Connect (SharePoint 2013)

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Connect is an online collaboration and communication platform that is designed to facilitate internal information creation and sharing by departments and teams within the university community.

Connect enables you to:

  • provide a document repository that can be easily accessed from your web browser, with optional versioning and approval control
  • provide a meeting space to distribute agendas and archive minutes
  • collaborate on documents without the need to email copies back and forth
  • maintain a knowledge base or wiki
  • create custom lists to track tasks, issues, etc.
  • control access to your content to ensure privacy and security
  • reduce the amount of printing
  • easily find important information with a powerful search tool
  • sign up for email alerts when information changes

Who can use this service?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Research groups

How do I request or access this service?

Connect is accessed online at To access Connect, you need a valid Primary NetLink ID. To obtain access to a specific site contact the Connect site administrator.

To request a new Connect site complete the Connect site request form.

What is the cost for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When is this service available?

Connect is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. You can be informed of service interruptions by subscribing to Informed.

How do I get help with this service?

For assistance with this service, please contact the Computer Help Desk:

Telephone: 250-721-7687
In person: Clearihue A037

If your department has Desktop Support Services, contact your departmental personnel.

Additional help is available in the Connect Training Centre  and the self-guided online training course.

Self-help materials – Training videos and documents for self-directed problem solving in Connect Help and Governance.

File storage options comparison

Personal home file storage

Departmental file storage


Personal home file storage is available to all UVic students, faculty, and staff

Large high-performance network file shares for UVic departments to store and share files

Online platform used for document management, storage, communication and collaboration among teams

Who can use it?

UVic students, faculty, and staff

UVic faculty, staff and departments

UVic faculty, staff and departments

Who administers it?


Managed by department

Managed by SharePoint site owner

How can you connect to it?

From workstations within UVic computing facilities or off-campus through VPN using a valid NetLink ID account

At UVic or off-campus through VPN using a valid NetLink ID account

Through any online connection at UVic or off-campus using a valid NetLink ID account

Does it support collaboration?

No sharing options are available

Files can be shared with other UVic personnel who have permissions to access a particular storage destination

Files can be shared with any UVic personnel having a valid NetLink ID account and SharePoint site access