Ohio Wesleyan uses one set of credentials for nearly all of our systems. This username and password grants access to systems such as:

1These allow you to use either your OWU username (ex: jqdoe) or your full email address (ex:
These require your full OWU Email Address, instead of your username.

Guests and others who are not current students or employees may only have access to one of the above systems and not the others. For information on other systems that current OWU credentials typically have access to, see the Usernames and Passwords knowledge item in BishopWorks.

There are many other websites and services that ask for your email address to create an account. While they might have your OWU email address associated with them, the password for that site or service is likely not synchronized, and we cannot support it. Do not use your OWU account password for any other site or system.

ALSO NOTE: OWU Information Services will NEVER ask for your OWU password via e-mail. You should NEVER send any password via e-mail. If you receive a message that asks you to send your OWU username and password via-email — even from an address — do NOT reply to it. It is a tactic known as “phishing” to trick you into compromising your OWU e-mail account. For examples of such a messages, see the “What are Phishing Emails?” question below.

What are the Password Requirements?

Your password MUST:

  • be at least 7 characters in length
  • contain at least one upper or lower case alphabetic character
  • contain at least one numeral or one of these special characters: ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + – = < > ? [ ] { } |

Your account password MAY NOT:

  • contain or be equal to your last previous password
  • contain your name, nickname, OWU account username, or OWU ID number
  • contain any spaces
  • contain any punctuation except the special characters above

Your password is case sensitive. That is, ‘badpassword’ and ‘BaDpaSsworD’ are not the same. Choose a password that’s easy to remember but hard to guess. Don’t just use a single word with a guessable trail of numbers (like “password123” or “555bishops”).

Two ways to make a strong password: 1) Use the first letters of a long familiar phrase and add a numeral. Example: “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall” plus a number becomes “HDsoawHDhagf740”. 2) Use the phrase itself with upper and lower case and add a numeral. Example: “DoNotUseThi5ParticularPassword” (using five for the letter “s” in “This”).

How do I Change my Password?
  1. Go to the Change Password page.
  2. Enter your username and password (the username must be entered in lowercase.)
  3. When it updates the page, enter your current password in the first box, and a new password in the second and third boxes.

See also What are the Password Requirements? above.

What if I Forgot my Password?

If you forgot your password, you may go to the Password Reset page and enter your alternate (non-OWU) email address. We will send a link there that you can use to set a new password on your OWU account.

Passwords will not be given out by e-mail, and Information Services will never ask for your password via email. Be sure you know your password and have verified that it works before you leave campus for breaks!

What are Phishing Emails?

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