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Student user accounts

Your student CU account is your single sign-on account for virtually all university related systems, including public computers across CU campuses in computer labs, Microsoft 365 resources including your student email, Banner OneSIS, Brightspace, wireless connections, Housing related systems, Print related services, Student Worker eTime, and any other resources protected by Single Sign-On.

Student account lifecycle

Undergraduate degree students will have a CU account automatically created after they pay their tuition deposit. They are given their username and initial password in the application portal.

Graduate degree students and non-degree undergraduate students (no tuition deposit required for these types of students) will have a CU account automatically created when they have at least one course scheduled. If you were a recent CU undergraduate student and your account has not yet become inactive, your active CU account and password remain the same. If your account did become inactive or you forget what your password was, you will need to reset your password to gain access to your account. If you are a brand new CU grad student, you will receive notice of your username and password from the graduate office. You may also reset your password to gain access to your account.

Your CU account will become inactive approximately 8-9 months after you last attend CU, typically shortly after two succeeding semesters conclude. At that time you will receive an email notification that your CU account will be deleted in 1 month as well as additional information about the account transition, including the opportunity to opt-in to keep your Office 365 email account as an alumni email account even after your CU account becomes inactive.

Password requirements and information

Certain password requirements must be followed when creating a new password. Please see the password information page for detailed requirements and information on changing or resetting your password.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Duo Two-Factor Authentication is required for all remote access. Students will be prompted to enroll when they sign in to a web resource.  If you are not yet enrolled, it is recommended that you go to from your smartphone because this helps ensure you choose the correct app from the app store and it streamlines activating your account on the device. 

Keep your account secure

Please keep your password to yourself and do not provide it on an external website in response to a phishing email no matter how convincing an email request for your password looks. Do not ever enter it onto a Google Form or Microsoft Form.  You should not click on questionable links or links that you know are phishing. Also do not provide Duo 2FA passcodes via text message or email or on external websites and also do not approve Duo Pushes you did not initiate.  Please familiarize yourself with the official university policies, PRP 2510 - Information Security Policy and PRP 2550 - Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.