[June 20, 2016] Over the last several years Autodesk has changed their business model to provide free software access for purposes related directly to learning, training, research and /or development.
As a result of this change, use of AutoDesk software to manage educational facilities is no longer included under the educational product license agreement. Those using their software (such as AutoCAD) for the purpose of facility management, operations, and/or maintenance are now required to purchase or subscribe to a commercial license. A full list of AutoDesk products can be found here:
Information Technology is working with Facilities Management to ensure that all staff using the software for non-educational purposes are covered with a commercial license. However, if you are outside of Facilities Management and Information Technology, and using the software for non-educational, commercial purposes, please contact the IT Service Desk to receive information about how you can ensure your license is compliant as soon as possible.
|YOUR ROLE AT SHERIDAN||HOW IS THE SOFTWARE BEING USED?||ACTION REQUIRED|
|I am an employee||I am using it for purposes directly related to learning, training, research and/or development.||No action required.|
|I am using it for the purpose of facility management, operations, maintenance or commercial use.||Please contact the IT Service Desk to learn more about how you can obtain a commercial license.|
|I am not using the software but it is installed on my Sheridan owned laptop and/or desktop computer
my work is not directly related to teaching, learning research and/or development.
|Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.
|I am a student||I am using it on my personal device solely for purposes directly related to learning, training, research and/or development.||No action required.|
|I am using the software as a part of a work placement on a Sheridan owned device for the purpose of Sheridan’s facility management, operations and/or maintenance.||No action required.
The department you are working for will ensure your license is compliant.
For more information about how to obtain AutoDesk software for purposes directly related to educational purposes, please visit the AutoDesk page.
In some cases, AutoDesk software is also provided to end users directly by their academic schools. Please reach out to your school’s technologist for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns, or want to ensure that your AutoDesk license is compliant, contact the IT Service Desk at ext. 2150 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.