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Usernames & Passwords


The CSE computing environment uses the University's name.# accounts for logon purposes.


The CSE computer accounts are synchronized with the University's name.n accounts.  The CSE UNIX/Linux and Windows environments now use the same password as your OSU University name.n account. Setting or changing your OSU password will affect your password in CSE's Windows and UNIX/Linux environments.

Password Changes

In order to maintain account security and the security of the CSE environment, users are required to change their password every 180 days. This is the same policy as the university and notification's for password expirations with be sent out by the University.

All password resets must go through

Account Lock Out

If you incorrectly input your password 5 times, your account will be locked for 30 minutes.

Forgotten Passwords

Users who forget their password should reset their password at 

Password Security

Passwords should never be shared with anyone under any circumstances, even CSE Computing Staff. CSE Computing Staff and Operators will never ask for your password. Never respond to an e-mail that asks for your username and password under any circumstances, even if it appears to be from CSE Computing Staff. Such e-mails are phishing attempts and should be brought to the attention of a CSE Computing Staff member.

Passwords should be changed every 180 days. Previous passwords should not be reused. If you suspect your password has been compromised for any reason, change it immediately. Passwords patterns should be complex and not easily guessable patterns like dictionary words, names of family members or pets' names. More information on password security and creating a strong password are avaialble at the Office of the Chief Information Officer's Safe Computing website.