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Two changes coming this month will make more secure the process of verifying the identities of users before allowing them access to campus networks, advises Information Technology Services.

“Authentication is important at UWindsor,” says Marcin Pulcer, assistant director of client services, IT Services. “It enables us to keep our networks secure by permitting only authenticated users to access our computer systems, databases, websites, and other network-based applications or services such as UWinsite Student and Blackboard.”

Later this month, IT Services will introduce two changes to authentication:

New Login Process

Starting Jan. 16, UWindsor faculty and staff using Windows 10 on a centrally managed device will be able to log in to their device and gain access to several UWindsor online resources without having to re-enter their credentials. If IT Services visited you during the Fall 2019 semester, this is likely you.

Other UWindsor community members (including students) will continue to log in to their devices. They will, however, see a new login page when accessing UWindsor online resources. And, once they have logged into one of these resources, they will gain access to others.

Multi-Factor Authentication

IT Services will enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) starting Jan. 30, requiring a secondary credential or factor. This security feature provides an additional level of identity verification to help prevent unauthorized access to UWindsor’s protected resources when they are being accessed from outside of the University’s networks — largely from off-campus locations.

Before using MFA to access UWindsor applications, UWin Account holders (students, faculty, staff, applicants, retirees, etc.) will need to set up their secondary authentication factors. For instructions, read this knowledge base article.

It is important to note that once MFA is fully rolled out, setting up at least one secondary authentication factor will be mandatory as access to UWindsor’s networks from off-campus locations will be denied without it.

For more information about the new login process and MFA, see the IT Services website.

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IT Services will upgrade student email accounts ( from UWin Gmail to Outlook.

The University of Windsor is investing in this upgrade to provide students with:

  • the same email platform as faculty and staff, enhancing collaboration capabilities within the campus community;
  • a more integrated system with communication, creation, and collaboration tools all in one place; and
  • more secure email.

IT Services will pilot the Outlook upgrade with incoming Winter 2020 undergraduate students who have no previous student relationship with UWindsor. In addition, starting mid-January, students who accept offers of admission for future semesters will also use Outlook for their student email accounts instead of UWin Gmail.

The students involved in the pilot project will receive direct communication from IT Services in advance of the upgrade. New students currently receive a link to when they extend their UWin Account. This link will continue to work and direct students to the appropriate email system.

All other students will continue to use their student email accounts in UWin Gmail until spring or summer 2020 when the upgrade of all student email accounts is scheduled to occur. will remain active for accessing UWin Gmail. In addition, UWin Gmail will be an option from

Please note there will be no change to email addresses. It is only the tool students use for their email that is changing.

If you have a question about the upgrade of student email accounts to Outlook, share it with IT Services.

—Ericka Greenham

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With $1,500 raised toward Adopt-a-Family, Information Technology Services was this year’s top campus contributor.

The #UWinProud campaign will provide its staff with a free coffee break on Dec. 13, and extends thanks to everyone who participated in the charity effort.

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Campus Police and Information Technology Services will conduct a test of the UWindsor Alert mass notification system at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Faculty, staff, and students may register or update their contact information at

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A free class Thursday, Nov. 28, will teach the basics of the Drupal content management system to staff and faculty responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites.

Website Basic Training will show site editors how to create pages and events, upload graphics, and use menus and blocks, says instructor Rob Aitkens, web development team lead in Information Technology Services.

He will also cover University and legislative guidelines for posting content.

The class is required for all employees responsible for maintaining UWindsor websites and is valuable for those with little previous experience with the system, for those upgrading their sites from version 6 to 7, or as a refresher. It will run 9:30 a.m. to noon in the lower level classroom in the University Computer Centre. Registration is required through this online form.