What is a BGSU Account?
All active members of the BGSU community are provided with a BGSU Account. The account allows access to the MyBGSU Portal, BGSU Email, Canvas, OneDrive file storage, and many other services. It serves as the primary account for everyone at BGSU.
General account information can be found below.
BGSU uses both your BGSU Password and DUO 2 Step Authentication to protect your account. The purpose of using two methods of identification is to better protect your data and works under the premise that an unauthorized user is unlikely to be able to supply both required methods of identification.
We encourage you to setup your personal device using your BGSU Account to connect to the wireless network, access email, get updates from Canvas, and use Microsoft Office for free.
BGSU Account Status Timeline
All BGSU faculty, staff and students are provided a BGSU email account. However, in accordance with BGSU's license agreement with Microsoft, as ones affiliation with the university changes, account access does the same. The tabs below outline how BGSU email access may alter based on various status changing scenarios.
Upon being accepted to Bowling Green State University, students will receive instructions on how to create their BGSU account.
Staff: receive their BGSU account shortly after HR is notified by department of their accepted offer
Faculty: receive their BGSU account shortly after their college either requests a guest ID or sends information to HR
Account Timeline Questions
Email only access is just that, access to only email. This access does not include Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or SharePoint (OneDrive and Sites). Our software use license agreement with Microsoft allows for only email accounts to BGSU alumni.
For information on changes to other accounts, please contact the TSC.
If you have multiple statuses, your account changes will reflect the most current status. For example: You graduated from BGSU and then were hired on as a staff member. Because you became a staff member after you were a student, your current status is Staff and account changes will reflect those of staff. If you did graduate from BGSU, but another status is set to disable your accounts, please contact the Technology Support Center to inquire about having your account re-activated.
If you are a Graduate Assistant that has taught a class at BGSU, you are considered a faculty.
A student can be terminated from their program based on any of the following scenarios:
- Four semesters have passed since the last course was completed
- A student is put on academic probation for poor grades, hits the end of the probation period and has not brought their GPA up to a 2.0
- The student is expelled or has committed a serious breach of University protocol
Certain students are never enrolled in a program at BGSU - those include guest students and College Credit Plus (CCP) students
Less than 5% of the BGSU alumni use their email accounts after graduation.