Maybe it my terminology your having trouble with. :o
I can execute existing cgi programs
I can read/write/execute (perl, html, JS) on my personal space.
When I try to execute any <?php> tags in my space on the system, it just ignores my requests.
I cannot modify anything in the university's cgi directory space without their expressed approval.
Maybe my problem with sysadmin is the same I'm having with you.
I may know just enough to get myself into trouble but cannot express it the way it should be expressed!
I do appreciate your thoughts and will try again with the university's OIT. (Office of Information and Technology)