Faculty/Staff Password Information

Faculty/Staff Password Information

(Students should instead go to the Student Account/Password page)

Network Passwords

  • Your password is what gives you access to all university resources, including logging into your office and classroom computers, BOLT, MyHusky, Outlook on the web, Remote Access Service (VPN), PASSHE Portal (including ESS), and any resource that is protected by HuskyID Single Sign-On.
  • Brand new accounts come with an expired initial password that you must change by logging on to a campus computer or Outlook on the web, which will prompt you to select your own password. You will not be able to log on to BOLT, MyHusky, PASSHE Portal (including ESS), or any resource that is protected by HuskyID Single Sign-On with an expired password.
  • Please be aware Bloomsburg University technology support will never ask you for your password or other confidential information through email.
  • Any email telling you you need to click a link to verify, confirm, upgrade, prevent account termination, or even to view a message is not legitimate and you should not provide your account username or password through such an email.
  • Always check the address bar in your browser before entering your password to confirm it's a secure site hosted by bloomu.edu.
  • Please read the important phishing information at the bottom of this page.
  • It is highly recommended that you set a unique password for your BU account instead of using the same password you use elsewhere such as on social media sites.
  • You should also not increment your passwords because scammers have begun compromising accounts by incrementing outdated passwords obtained through a phishing campaign or through an external database exploit (i.e. if the known password is something2, then they try something3, something4, etc...)

Network Password Requirements

Employees must adhere to the following password requirements when changing their password:

  • Your password must be at least 8 characters long and not contain your username, first name, or last name.
  • It must include characters from at least three of the four categories (UPPERCASE, lowercase, a numeric digit 0-9, a symbol such as !, $, %, etc.)
  • It may not be changed more than once every 24 hours.
  • It may not be identical to any of your last 3 passwords.

Passwords expire every 365 days - employees will be prompted to set a new one after it expires when logging on to a campus computer or Outlook on the web.
As a convenient reminder, these systems as well as HuskyID Single Sign-On will give you a notification upon sign-on if your password is expiring within the next 14 days.

After you change or reset your password:

  • Please remember to update the wireless settings and email settings on your personal laptop, smartphone, or tablet to include your new password.
  • If you are logged into any campus computers in which you did not directly change your password on (through either the Ctrl+Alt+Del method or expired password prompt), you will need to log off and log back on with the new password.
  • If any computers/devices attempt to authenticate with an outdated password, those computers/devices will cause your account to continually lock out until you update them with your new password.

Changing Network Password

  • From a computer on campus, while logged in, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and choose the change password option.
  • From off campus, you can change your password over the web by visiting https://password.bloomu.edu/ and choosing "Change your Password".

Forget your password? Reset it.

There are two different ways to handle this situation.

About the password reset system

The password reset system will ask you three questions:

  1. What are the last 4 digits of your ISO number?
    • Your ISO number is printed on the bottom right of your university identification card.

  2. What is your birth date?
    • It must be in the format: MM/DD/YYYY

    • Make sure you enter the slashes, full year and leading zeros
    • Example: 01/02/1967
  3. What is your employee number?
    • Your employee ID number. Unsure of employee number? It is on payroll statements, or you could check with your department secretary.

Who uses the password reset system?

  • The password reset system is only available for University employees.
  • At this time, non-HR-employees will still need to contact the help desk to have their password reset.

Invalid Login or Reset Attempts

  • After five (5) invalid login attempts (i.e., entering the wrong password when logging onto a campus computer or a university website such as Outlook on the web or Remote Access Service), an account will be locked for ten (10) minutes.
  • When using the password reset tool, if there are five (5) invalid attempts to reset a password (i.e. at least one invalid answer to the 3 questions 5 times in a row), the password reset system will unavailable for your account for one hour.

Still need assistance?

  • If you still need assistance after trying to reset your password, please contact the Help Desk.

Please keep your password to yourself

  • Please be aware Bloomsburg University technology support will never ask you for your password or other confidential information through email.
  • EDUs (Higher-Ed Colleges and Universities) are the target of many malicious phishing email scams where someone outside the organization tries to persuade you to reply with your password or click on a link and enter your password into a web form.
  • The scammers claim you need to do this to receive additional disk space, to upgrade your account, or to prevent your account termination.
  • These emails have never and will never come from Bloomsburg University and you should never respond to them or click the link.
  • Please forward these types of suspicious e-mail messages as an attachment to the Bloomsburg University E-mail Administrator at the address postmaster@bloomu.edu.
  • If you have already responded to a phishing email and given your password, please change your password IMMEDIATELY and never set your password back to the compromised password you gave to the spammer.
  • If you are ever not sure, please do not reply or click the link and instead contact the Help Desk.
  • For full detailed information about phishing messages including examples of actual phishing messages that have been sent to university accounts, check the Phishing information page.

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