BuckeyePass is a multi-factor authentication service that provides a second layer of security to your Ohio State account.

In order to authenticate, it requires something you know (your password) and something you have (a mobile device or phone). Our BuckeyePass service is powered by Duo Security, a proven solution in multi-factor authentication.

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Prevent others from accessing your account.

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Quickly and easily log in with the tap of a button.

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Use from any location with the mobile application.


Phishing and identity theft crimes have increased in the higher education sector over the last few years and protecting your personal information and the university’s private data is Ohio State’s highest priority.


BuckeyePass is currently only for Ohio State faculty, staff, and student employees.

Where and When?

University employees are currently using Duo to access:

  • Employee Self-Service within HR (September 12, 2016)
  • OCIO RSA customers migrated onto Duo (July 1, 2016)
  • OSUNET Secure profile & EDM profile (May 15, 2016)
  • PeopleSoft Finance and eMaterials (May 15, 2016)
  • Splunk (April 18, 2016)


Register for the BuckeyePass service. When registering, please do so from a laptop or desktop computer. BuckeyePass can be used in a number of ways:

  • DUO App Duo Mobile on a smartphone or tablet – Installing Duo Mobile on your device will give you two ways to authenticate. When you try to log in to a system protected by BuckeyePass, it will push an authentication request to the Duo Mobile application on your device. Once you approve the request, you will be admitted to the system. You may also generate a code from Duo Mobile and input it to the BuckeyePass login page.
  • Passcode Passcodes via text – You will receive 10 passcodes via a single text message. One passcode will be used each time you log in to the system. You will need to request a subsequent text after all 10 passcodes are used.
  • Phone Callback via phone – Duo will generate an automated phone call to approve your access to the system.
  • Hard Token Hard token – Hard tokens will only be permitted for those who can demonstrate a valid business justification. The process can take 8 to 14 days to complete, so please contact the IT Service Desk immediately if you require a token.

For more information, three, short training sessions are available also on BuckeyeLearn.

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