Drupal Enterprise: Understand Roles and Permissions

This article applies to websites built using the default UMN Drupal Enterprise configuration.


Drupal is a role-based application. Different users will be able to perform different tasks in Drupal based on their role in the site and the permissions assigned to the role in the site. The site administrator has the ability to add/change/delete roles in the site.
In the University's standard installation of Drupal, there are 5 default roles defined. You can find the list of default roles in the Knowledge Base: Drupal: User Roles
It is incredibly easy to create more roles and/or tweak the roles that are defined. For questions about your particular site, contact your site's administrator for the details.

In addition to the defined roles in that Knowledge Base article, there are two additional implied roles:

  • Unauthenticated User: any random person that is viewing your site
  • Authenticated User: someone at the University that has logged in to your site

Neither of these roles will have any permissions to perform actions on your site.

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