- Please visit http://itd.ncsu.edu for official documentation.
Your Unity ID has 8 or fewer characters and is automatically generated from your name in a two-step procedure:
- A string of letters is created using the initials of your first and middle names and the first six letters of your last name, all in lower case.
- If this string matches one previously created for someone else, the last letter will be replaced with or followed by a numeral. Here are some examples:
- George William Abernathy's would be "gwaberna."
- Mary Jones Smith's Unity ID would be "mjsmith."
- Melissa Jane Smith's would be "mjsmith2" because of the duplicated letters.
If you don't know your Unity ID, it may be frustrating or time-consuming to try guessing it, since it might contain a numeral. Contact the NC State Help Desk during normal business hours if you need help determining it.
Using your Unity ID together with your password, you can:
- Access your campus-based email.
- Access any workstation in a Unity or Eos lab.
- Manage files in your personal AFS file space.
- Access certain NC State web pages that are not available to the public.
- Access the Pack Tracks system (http://www.ncsu.edu/registrar/) to register for classes, review your class schedules and waitlist status, view your transcript and make address changes.
- Read articles on electronic reserve through Library Services (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu).
- Turn in homework electronically using tools such as WebAssign.
Once I've come up with a new password, how do I replace my old one? You can change your Unity password online by filling out and submitting the form found at https://sysnews.ncsu.edu/passwd/.
It may take up to one hour after you change your password for the new one to take effect. If you log in and your new password does not work, try the old one. Being logged in under the old password will not keep the new one from becoming active.
The University Help Desks use the information supplied to the User Identification and Authentication (UIA) web application to identify customers requesting password resets or other changes wherein positive identification is necessary. All Faculty and Staff should use the UIA web page to enter three security questions and answers. When, on a later date, a customer needs to call a University Help Desk with a request requiring positive identification such as a password reset, the help desk staff will access these questions and answers to identify the calling customer. If the customer cannot answer his or her questions correctly, or has not entered the questions and answers, University Security Policy requires the customer to appear at the help desk to have his or her password reset.
The new UIA application will use Strong Unity authentication (the authentication used by the Administrative Portal, the Human Resources System and the Financial System) as opposed to IntraSecure authentication (which is used by the previous UIA application). This upgrade extends the use of UIA to all faculty and staff. The new UIA system can be found at:
Student accounts are deactivated on census day (the last day of drop-add) of the first semester that a student is not registered. When an account is deactivated, no one will be able to log in with that userid or have access to files stored under it.
So if you graduated during the Fall semester, expect your account to be disabled near the end of the following Febuary; if you graduated in Spring (or Summer), expect it to be disabled late September.
Accounts are deleted one year after account deactivation.
Extended access for newly graduated students
Computing Services will extend recent graduates' access to their e-mail and Unity/Eos file space for four months after graduation. This policy is being offered as a courtesy to help the many students who use e-mail and Web resumes as part of their job search and career planning strategies. While recent graduates will not be able to login to public workstations in campus computing facilities (such as Unity labs), after graduation they will be able access e-mail and file space remotely; Web pages on the www4.ncsu.edu server will remain accessible via the Internet while accounts are active.