Information Technology Services

Network/Email Account Information

Student Account Links
Alumni Account Links

Missouri Western uses an integrated identity management solution to allow use of a single account to access virtually all applications. Accounts are automatically assigned to employees, incoming students, and enrolled students. Privileges assigned to the account are based on the user’s role at the University, and additional manual intervention by Network Services staff.

  • Incoming Students– Incoming students receive an activation password from Admissions, which lets them immediately activate and use their Missouri Western account for the Goldlink portal and email (limited to Missouri Western recipients).
  • Enrolled Students – Enrolled students gain full account privileges, including full email and Google Apps capabilities, campus computer logon, network access, and a personal (P:) drive. These privileges are automatically assigned when they enroll in classes.
  • Alumni – When a student graduates, they retain account privileges for Goldlink, email, and most Google Apps capabilities including Drive. However, access to a campus computer logon, network access, and P: drive access is revoked, with any files being deleted. It is the student’s responsibility to copy files from the P: drive that they wish to retain upon graduation.
  • Prior Students – If a student leaves Missouri Western without graduating (i.e. is no longer enrolled), they retain account privileges for Goldlink, email, and Google Drive. However, email is limited to other Missouri Western recipients. Access to a campus computer logon, network access, and P: drive access is revoked, with any files being deleted. It is the student’s responsibility to copy files from the P: drive that they wish to retain.
  • Employees – Employees must complete an Account Request Form in Human Resources to be granted a privileged account. When an employee separates from the institution, their account is deactivated. Should they still have privileges as a student, they will receive a new account with a different username on the day of separation. Retirees may elect to keep their account with full privileges.


Password Requirements

Missouri Western requires strong passwords to help prevent account compromises. Passwords must meet the following complexity requirements:

  1. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long
  2. Passwords may not contain a user’s username, nor any part of their full name
  3. The password must contain characters from at least three of the following categories:
    • Uppercase letters of European languages (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
    • Lowercase letters of European languages (a through z, sharp-s, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
    • Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
    • Non-alphanumeric characters (special characters): (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;”‘<>,.?/) Currency symbols such as the Euro or British Pound are not counted as special characters for this policy setting.
    • Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages.

Password complexity requirements are enforced when passwords are changed or created.