Passwords

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

*These actually require your full OWU Email Address, instead of just your username.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: OWU Information Services will NEVER ask for your OWU password via e-mail. You should NEVER send any password via e-mail, as it’s an unsecured means of communication. If you receive a message that asks you to send your OWU username and password via-email — even from an owu.edu address — do NOT reply to it. It is a spam 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's my Username?

Your username is the first part of your email address, what comes before @owu.edu. Systems that require your full OWU email address should prompt you for your email address, rather than username.

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 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, ‘badpaswd’ and ‘BaDpaSwD’ 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”).

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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. The new password must be
    1. At least six characters in length
    2. Must contain only alphanumeric characters or the underscore (_), and
    3. Must not contain any other punctuation or spaces.

Passwords are Case Sensitive. That is, “badpaswrd” and “BaDpaSwD” are not the same. Choose a password that’s easy to remember but hard to guess.

You may also change your password through the Quick Links page of myOWU. You can also set a secret question there as well, to reset your own password when needed.

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What if I Forgot my Password?

If you forget your password and have created a secret question and answer within myOWU you can change your password without having to remember the old one. To do this, go to the Password Hint Web page. Alumni can use this link to set a password hint.

If you have not previously created a secret question, you must obtain a new password by contacting the Help Desk. 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!

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What are Phishing Emails?

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What's SSO? (Single Sign-On)

Industry-standard SSO authentication is in use on some of our sites, allowing you to sign on to one SSO managed web site and automatically get access to others without having to login again. Systems currently using SSO:

  • myOWU
  • Self-Service (info for students, faculty, or parents)
  • TMS (Student Accounts)
  • Blackboard
  • OrgSync

For anyone interested in the technical details, OWU uses SAML2 compliant authentication using Shibboleth and Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS).

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