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Multifactor Authentication

Multifactor authentication (MFA), also known as two-step or two-factor authentication, is required to access systems on the university network that store Personally Identifiable Information (PII). MFA requires faculty and staff to take an extra step to confirm their identity each time they log in to university systems that store PII, including, Banner, PeopleSoft, VIP, and more.

Each year, more than 1,000 university accounts are compromised. Several of our peer universities have seen unauthorized payroll direct deposit changes and IRA tax fraud incidents due to theft of university credentials. MFA adds a layered defense to make it more difficult for someone to access sensitive data.

You probably have used some form of MFA with your financial institution or credit card company. As with many financial institutions, you will be required to use something you know (password) with something you have – text message, phone call, or token. The Division of IT has selected Duo Security to provide MFA service to the university. You must enroll in the service.


  • Supported two-factor methods are the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone, SMS passcodes (text) to a mobile phone, a phone call to a landline or mobile phone, and a hardware token. Tokens are available for purchase at the University Bookstore.


  • MFA is required to log in to, Banner, PeopleSoft, VIP, and more.
  • You must set your security questions in to enroll in MFA.
  • You must know your Network Username and password and your VIP ID and password to access MFA.


  • For instructions, visit the MFA website.


  • Visit the MFA website.