The Office of Technology Services (OTS) maintains free computing and email accounts, known as NetIDs, for all current faculty and staff.
OTS helps faculty and staff gain access to the services provided by those accounts, and offers support via email, phone, in-person assistance, self-help documentation and self-help tools.
A "NetID" is the core computing account assigned to each faculty and staff member at Towson University. It consists of a username, email address, a password and a set of computing services to which the NetID provides access including:
There are other types of faculty/staff-like NetIDs which offer a subset of services to:
Several NetID management self-help tools are available to assist in tasks such as:
All NetID holders should follow the university guidelines for responsible computing.
You are eligible to receive a faculty/staff NetID if you are a:
Faculty/staff can also sponsor "guest" NetIDs for vendors and visitors who need access to certain NetID services. The process for obtaining a NetID is dependent on the faculty/staff role.
Most faculty/staff will automatically receive a new NetID upon hiring. When your faculty/staff NetID is created:
For some faculty/staff, student employees and sponsored guests, a request to create a new NetID should be directed to OTS by submitting a TechHelp service request. Information about these types of NetIDs is available.
You can activate your new NetID by supplying basic information, choosing a security question and answer (to help with resetting your password if you ever forget it), and then setting your first password. After you set your password, you will be presented with some basic information about your NetID, and it will be ready for you to start using it.
In partnership with Microsoft, the university provides TU faculty and staff with Microsoft Office 365-hosted email accounts. Email is accessible once you have activated your NetID.
To access your Office 365 email account: