That’s a question we hear a lot, in one form or other. So I developed this Q&A to address some of the more common inquiries.
After all, SAS University Edition is free software. It only makes sense we'd have some rules around how you can use it.
In general, as long as you’re using University Edition for learning and not for commercial purposes, you’re good. The license agreement for University Edition lists all the terms and conditions. If you have questions about SAS OnDemand for Academics, the user’s guide should get you on your way.
Below are questions we've received about University Edition. If your question isn’t listed here, post it in the comments and I’ll get you an answer.
Writing a research paper to get a grade is fine. Not OK is writing a research paper to not only get a grade but to get paid or
inform strategic direction for your business (or someone else’s). In other words, if your proposed use of University Edition results in somebody making money, don’t do it.
The SAS University Edition license agreement prohibits use of the software for any commercial purposes, including publishing a book. An exception is when you’re working with SAS Press or the SAS Author Assistance program. You can use University Edition in conjunction with those programs if you link to the download page for the software.
SAS offers many resources to writers who wish to publish books about SAS software, like Ron Cody, whose title on University Edition was published in September 2015. You can find information about publishing through SAS Press at this link. If you are already working with a publisher and require assistance, you can find information about our Author Assistance Program at this link. You can also contact SAS Press directly by sending an email to email@example.com
These uses are permitted.
This use is permitted.
This use is permitted.
This use is not permitted.
This is not permitted.
Academic research is acceptable. Publishing and sharing this research for the greater public good is acceptable. But the use of University edition for financial gain is not permitted.
You can use University Edition in this context for learning and for events like hack-a-thons.
10. The non-profit where I work conducts research purely for academic research. We have one researcher who would like to use SAS software. The SAS University Edition seems to have all the functionality that that this person would need. Is this an appropriate edition of SAS for our organization to use?
This use is permitted, as long as you are not being paid for your work or research, and the software isn’t being used to make decisions related to operating the organization.
11. Can I use SAS University Edition to produce tables, graphs and analysis for public papers that will be published in scientific journals?
This use is permitted. Please indicate that the analysis, tables and graphs were generated by SAS.
12. As a student, can I access SAS Studio, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner, Forecast Server or JMP through SAS OnDemand for Academics without an instructor’s involvement?
No, sorry. SAS Studio is available by default to anyone who registers. This includes adult learners, instructors, students, and researchers – as long as you are not using the offering for commercial purposes. All other clients (Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner, Forecast Studio, and access from JMP) are available to instructors who register a course and choose to use one of these clients for their course.