What is a Penn State Access Account?
A Penn State Access Account is a USERID and password. Your USERID is the “public” part of your Penn State Access Account. This is the part you should share with others so that they know where to send you electronic mail. Your user ID (sometimes referred to as “username” or “USERID”) is usually your initials followed by a 1- to 3-digit number such as xyz101. The letters are lowercase. This is the part you can share with others. Your password, on the other hand, should be kept private.
Why do I need a Penn State Access Account?
A Penn State Access Account enables Penn State faculty, staff, and students to use the full range of Internet services on or off campus, at computer labs or on personal computers. It also allows you to use student computing labs, instructor PC’s, submit grades via LionPath, and use the course management system.
What can I access or do with my Penn State Access Account?
- Your employee benefits
- Your electronic directory information
- Use of the on-campus wireless network
- Library resources
- and more
What else do I need to know about my access account?
Guard your password just as you guard your bank card PIN. Don’t write it down or make it easy for someone to “crack”. Policy AD20 requires that you do not share your password with others. They would then have the opportunity to read your email, see your grades, obtain your transcript, and forge email and news postings from you.