New to WWU? Activate Your Account

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When you first come to Western you are issued a Universal Account that you will use to gain access to most services on campus including:

  • the myWestern portal which gives access to email, Canvas, grades, time sheets, and other university systems
  • log onto computers in the Computer Labs
  • log-on to the Wireless network on campus
  • Office 365, including OneDrive file access
  • and much more

Your Universal username will be in the general format LastnameFirstinitial where Lastname is up to six letters of your last name and Firstinitial is the first letter of your first name. If this does not create a unique username a number will be appended. The result will be strings like smithm39 for Mary Smith, or leej14 for Jerry Lee. You will keep this username for your entire history with Western. 

When you Activate your Account you will create a password that will be good for 180 days. You will be prompted to change your password twice a year to keep your content protected. 

Possible Issues

There are a few cases where you may need to take additional steps. If you

  • are a new employee who has submitted all paperwork to HR but still cannot activate your account
  • are a current employee but need additional account access
  • are a student employee needing additional account access

then please fill out the Computer Account Request.