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This document gives directions for activating your UW NetID, and creating a CS User Name and Email Address

Your UW NetID

The information below is from a KB in the UW DoIT KnowledgeBase. The link to their KB is also provided at the end of this KB.

A NetID is your username and password combination which allows access to University services, such as Office 365 email, MyUW, calendaring, student records, payroll information, etc. The NetID username is not case sensitive when used as a login credential. Your NetID username is randomly generated from University records and typically includes some combination of your first, middle, and last name. Your NetID username is not the same as your campus ID number or your email address.

Eligibility for NetID

Your NetID will remain active for the entirety of your time at the University. It may also remain active after leaving the University, but this depends on your affiliation. For more information about NetID eligibility, please see NetID - Eligibility Policy

Activating Your NetID

New students, faculty, and staff must activate their NetID before it can be used. For instructions on activating your NetID, please see NetID - Activating Your Account.

Students, faculty and staff who leave and later return to the University may need to activate their NetID upon return. Otherwise, if you are still able to login when you return, login to the NetID Modification utility to activate missing NetID services.

Changing your NetID username

Due to the volume of users in our system, there are limited circumstances under which you can change your NetID username. Please see NetID - Changing Your NetID for more information.

Changing your NetID Password and Setting Recovery Questions

If you need to change your NetID password and you know your current password, or if you need to set recovery questions, you can do so at the NetID Account Modification Utility.

If you are unsure of your current NetID password, you can reset your password with the Password Recovery Utility. If you are unable to reset your password using this tool, call the Help Desk at (608) 264-HELP or appear in person at the Walk-in Help Desk (7:45am-5:00pm Mon-Fri) to have your password reset.

What if I've forgotten my NetID?

If you are unsure of your NetID, you can obtain it via the NetID Recovery Utility. If you have difficulty recovering your NetID, you can call the Help Desk at (608) 264-HELP or appear in person at the Walk-in Help Desk (7:45am-5:00pm Mon-Fri) to obtain it.

NetID - What is a NetID?

Note:  UW DoIT manages UW NetID.

Computer Sciences User Names and Email Addresses

  1. Emails are sent to to request a CS User Name and email.
  2. User name and email address can be anything the employee wants, unless it is already taken, subject to technical limitations (minimum 2 characters, maximum 20 characters, only letters, numbers, or a dash allowed).
  3. New employees (hired by UW HR) are issued a UW NetID through regular processes. Then CS lab cannot create their CS account until the employee has been assigned a NetID and the NetID is activated, because of interactions with the Microsoft Office 365 email systems.
    In most cases, the CS lab also need the employee's campus id (photo ID), which in the case of new hires, is not assigned until the employee gets his/her photo ID card.
  4. For others, we have some special cases that we can use.
Note:Computer Sciences Lab (CSL) manages the emails.


Send an email to CS Hiring if you have questions about this UW NetID language.

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Keywords:computer sciences cs comp sci NetID, User Names, Email Address DoIT CSL   Doc ID:81540
Owner:Susan S.Group:Department of Computer Sciences
Created:2018-04-10 14:46 CSTUpdated:2018-04-20 06:54 CST
Sites:Department of Computer Sciences
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