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Github Accounts After Graduation or Leaving MIT


What happens to a GitHub account and associated repositories when an individual leaves MIT?

Access to the GitHub account remains in place as long as your MIT email address and associated Kerberos account is active. Student accounts are typically deactivated in the January following your graduation date and staff accounts are typically deactivated at the end of employment.

In order to preserve access to the information you've created after your MIT email account is deactivated, it's possible to transfer a repository between users or organizations. We suggest that you create a Touchstone collaboration account using an email address to which you'll have access after your MIT email address is gone. Then you can transfer the repository to that address.
Here are the transfer instructions:

This page of Github information includes links on the steps associated with creating a Touchstone collaboration account:

Alternately, you can transfer the repository to someone else with an MIT email address. Repositories at can not be seen by those without either an account or a Touchstone collaboration account.

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March 22, 2017

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