There are several different types of accounts that are available for accessing the University's resources. These include:
An Access Account consists of a user ID and password that enables you to use the public labs as well as the full range of network-based services on and off campus. This account also allows you to access other administrative and academic resources provided by the University, such as LionPath, CollegeNet, Canvas, LinkedIn Learning tutorials, and many more.
Students typically retrieve their Access Account prior to their arrival for New Student Orientation (NSO). If you are an incoming freshman student, you will receive an email from the Identity Services Office at University Park. This email will instruct you to visit a web site so that you can create your password and select your security questions.
Faculty and Staff
See the section below, "Obtain an Access Account", for more details regarding the steps that are required to obtain an Access Account for a new employee.
Be sure to read Faculty/Staff: Password Tips for Off-campus and Mobile Users. It contains important information about syncing your password with mobile devices BEFORE you leave campus. Otherwise, you may be locked out of your desktop PC, laptop, OneDrive and Office 365.
A four-step process is required at Behrend to successfully provision an account for a new user. This process is summarized below. A detailed explanation of each step may be viewed at Instructions to Obtain an Access Account.
- Request a PSU Access Account via online form.
- Receive confirmation via email that request has been received. (The email contains ticket number.) Activate account to:
- verify your identity
- agree to PSU policies
- create security questions
- set up password
- Notify supervisor of your new user ID.
- Request access to Behrend resources via online form.
Departments can request an Access Account using an online application form. For more details and instructions, please the section above, "Obtain an Access Account".
After completion of the online application form, new users will be sent their unique user ID and an account activation link to their designated personal email address that will allow them to activate their Access Account electronically. The user ID of the person who submitted the request is the authorized “signature,” so there is no need for the new user to visit a signature station or sign a paper form. Once activated, a confirmation email will be sent to the new users’ personal email address.
Users who need to reset an expired or forgot their Access Account password can go to the Account Management site.
This new online request process for new faculty and staff will remain in effect until it’s migrated to and automated through WorkLion later this year. However, departments will continue to use the online request process for their sponsored accounts.
For more information about Penn State Access Accounts, visit the Access Accounts web site.
Visit Account Management to change or recover your password.
This site also allows you to view, change, or set: personal information, security settings, email settings, user managed groups (UMGs), 2FA, and PSU alerts.
A Slim Account is similar to an Access Account, but is configured with the minimum access that is needed for a particular situation. These accounts are typically requested by a school or department.
A Sponsored Slim Account is a special type of Access Account for someone who is not a PSU student or employee. The account must be sponsored by a Penn State department for the designated individual and is issued for up to one year, with an option for renewal at that time.
In order to create this type of account, the department needs to do the following:
- Request that the person create a digital identity. To do so, have them:
- Go to Account Management and click the Create My Account button.
- Complete and submit the form.
- Obtain the person’s PSU ID number AND user ID.
- Complete the Penn State Account Request form/ticket.
- Select the option: I would like to request a Sponsored Account.
- Complete the form and select the desired services (if needed).
- Submit the form.
- Further communications regarding the account take place in the ticket.
If you have any questions, please contact the BITS staff assistant at extension 6018.