Protecting your personal information is one of the primary concerns of Baylor ITS.
Every Baylor student and member of our faculty, staff, administration, along with some auxiliary personnel are issued a Bear ID. Your Bear ID is usually comprised of your first name, last name, and underscore character, and a number (e.g., Betty_Baylor2). This Bear ID is your electronic identifier that enables access to many services and systems at the university. It also forms that basis for your Baylor Email Address (e.g., Betty_Baylor2@baylor.edu).
Your Bear ID and its accompanying password will be used several times a day as part of your education and service at Baylor University. To help manage your Bear ID, we provide a Bear ID Management System that maintains security while allowing for flexibility and convenience.
You will use the Bear ID Management System to set your password for the first time and to reset your password when necessary. You will be required to change your Bear ID password every 180 days. If you indicate your mobile number on the Bear ID Management System, you can use text messaging (SMS) instead of security questions to verify a change to your Bear ID password.
To learn more about managing your Bear ID, see the following helpful information:
- Managing Your Profile and Security Questions
- Password Reset - Request Code
- Password Reset - Security Questions
- Change BearID Password
- BearID Activation
To minimize the impact when changing your password, you should have your Baylor-owned computer physically connected to the wired campus network. If you have a laptop and are connected using the AirBear Wireless Network or VPN, you can still change your password, but you may be immediately logged out of those connection methods while your new password populates across Baylor's systems. After a few minutes, you will then be able to use your new password to log into the AirBear Wireless Network and VPN.
If you opt to change your password while not physically connected to the network, your laptop will continue to use your old password to log into the laptop, and your new password to access emails, BearWeb, etc. until you physically connect your computer to the network. If you use an Apple computer, update your keychain when prompted so that your computer uses your new password.
Guest Bear IDs
University departments who are hosting short-term guests who need access to Baylor resources requiring a login (i.e., lab computers, printing services) are now able to arrange for those guests to have a temporary BearID. All accounts issued provide basic access to public computers on campus; additional access levels are available on a limited basis due to licensing and other restrictions. (If the guest only requires Internet access, they can request sponsored wireless access using BU-GUEST and do not need a temporary BearID.)
Guests require sponsorship from a campus department. The sponsor should be the same person serving as the primary contact for the guest while he or she is on campus.
Obtaining a Temporary Bear ID
Departments wishing to arrange a temporary BearID for guests should ensure that the following steps are completed at least two weeks before the account is needed:
Click on the Requests tab
Click on Request Access
Click the Request Guest Access button, (Default time is 2 weeks. This can be increased or decreased as needed)
Set the User Type to "Guest"
Complete the form
The approval for this account will be emailed to the sponsor's supervisor and upon approval, the account will be provisioned
The supervisor of the sponsor, unless they are the supervisor, will get an email with the user id and authorization code for the guest to create their password
The sponsor will give the guest these instructions for Guest Account Activation.