University Computing Account and Accounts Management

Overview

In order to maintain a safe computing environment at the University, it is necessary for every user to have an account with an associated username and password. The Accounts Management System is the technical infrastructure that provides this functionality. Once a user accesses the system with his or her University username and password, they are considered to be authenticated, which means it is possible to use the information collected by servers in conjunction with information collected by network equipment to determine who is responsible for computing activity and where the computing activity is taking place at the University.

Accounts are automatically created for students and employees. New students activate their University Computing Accounts through an online account activation tool at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu). In addition to automatically created accounts, each responsibility center has a designated administer with rights to create sponsored accounts for their specific area. The system follows approved rules for deletion of accounts; however, sponsored accounts expire annually.

Account usernames are used as University email addresses. A University username with the @pitt.edu designation is the official email address for University students and employees.

Your Account

Your Account

Your account consists of a unique username (for example, jdoe99) and a password. Your username will not change. You should change your password frequently and make sure to select a strong password. Review the Passwords page for details.

Manage Your Account

Manage your account through your profile page at My Pitt.  You can update personal information associated with your account, change your password, and review your print quota in addition to other account-related tasks. Information from the Payroll system or Student Information System (PeopleSoft) cannot be changed in the Accounts systems.

New Student Account Activation

New Student Account Activation

Your University Computing Account is created automatically when you start at Pitt. Once you have been accepted, you will receive an email with instructions for activating your University Computing Account. The email will be sent to the personal email address you provided when applying to Pitt. The email will contain the information you need to activate your account online. Once the email arrives, visit My Pitt (my.pitt.edu), click the New Account Activation link, and complete the steps in the account activation wizard.

Account Administrators

Account Administrators

Faculty and staff who have questions about their account should contact their Responsibility Center Account Administrator. Responsibility Center Account Administrators also have the ability to create specialized accounts for certain purposes. For more information about RC Account Administrators, including roles and responsibilities and help resources, please visit the Responsibility Center Account Administrators Detail Page.

All members of the University community have an obligation to use technology services in a responsible manner. Please review the acceptable use guidelines. Students should also review the requirements for the use of information technology resources outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Account Types

Primary Account

Primary Account

This type of account is automatically created for students, faculty and staff at the start of their affiliation with the University.

Primary accounts remain valid during the time a student is enrolled or throughout the period a faculty or staff member is employed by the University.

Sponsored Account

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