General Questions

Who can claim or manage my HarvardKey?

The short answer is YOU (and only you).  Per Harvard's Information Security Policy you may not share your password or access credentials with anyone. HUIT or any IT service at Harvard cannot reset your password for you.  The HarvardKey system is totally self-service - so that you are in control of all aspects of your own access.  Please do not share your HarvardKey information with any other person, even a trusted individual in your life.

Why is my HUID/password (PIN) login expiring?

The HUID/password (formerly known as PIN) login type no longer meets current Harvard IT security standards and will be retired over the fall of 2016. HUID/password users who have not yet claimed a HarvardKey are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, and will also be reminded by email in advance of their HUID/password credential expiring. Once your HUID/password credential expires, you will no longer be able to access many of your Harvard services until you claim your HarvardKey. Read more about Why is my HUID/password (PIN) login expiring?

What additional steps can I take to improve account security?

Check out the Harvard Information Security guide to security awareness to learn more how you can keep yourself and Harvard more secure — and consider taking these two steps right away to make a big difference.

Why do I need to log in to access some Harvard resources?

Many online resources within the Harvard Community require verification of your identity before granting you access. By supplying a login name and matching password, you can verify, or authenticate, your identity. In order to reduce the number of credentials that you need to remember, HarvardKey acts as a unifying credential verifying your identity across Harvard without the need for multiple ID/password pairs.

Who is eligible for access to protected Harvard resources?

A variety of individuals associated with the Harvard Community can gain access to protected Harvard online resources, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students and Program Participants
  • Alumni
  • Library Borrowers
  • Individuals with sponsored affiliations (this broad category can include consultants/contractors, collaborators and inter-school affiliates, volunteers, tenants, non-Harvard academic advisors, overseers, and others)

The degree of access granted to an individual HarvardKey holder depends Read more about Who is eligible for access to protected Harvard resources?

What is HarvardKey?

HarvardKey is Harvard University’s unified credential for accessing a wealth of University applications and services with a single, convenient login name and password. In addition to enabling access to the Harvard applications and services you use every day, HarvardKey also offers an easy-to-use self-service portal for managing your account, including changing your password and updating your recovery information in case you forget your login details. HarvardKey also provides optional two-step verification to keep you even more secure.

As of December 3, 2015, users in  Read more about What is HarvardKey?

What does HarvardKey get me in to?

You may use your HarvardKey for most applications and services at Harvard — including anywhere that you see the "gate" login screen — but some apps and services use other login types. You can see a list of what login type you should use for frequently used applications and services, itemized by School or unit, here.

I tried to log in several times, but failed and am now locked out. Now what?

Harvard's authentication system will allow you to try again in two hours. However, if you enter an incorrect password again, you will be locked out for another two hours. Depending on circumstances, it may be faster and easier for you to request a new password; follow these links to request a new password for HarvardKey users and for users who log in using HUID.

If you find that you're getting locked out frequently, it may be because you're not sure about which login type Read more about I tried to log in several times, but failed and am now locked out. Now what?