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Attention O-Key Users:
In response to changes made to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Oklahoma State University has established a FERPA compliance initiative. In accordance with this initiative, the FERPA compliance task force has recommended changes to the Orange Key (O-Key) Identity Management System activation and password reset process. The changes implemented by OSU increase your privacy and better protect the security of students, faculty and staff. These changes require some new information from you, and should only take a few minutes of your time.
Go to http://okey.okstate.edu and login to your O-Key account by Sunday, May 16, 2010. You will be asked to provide at least one of the following during your account update:
  • An alternate e-mail address (a personal, non-OSU e-mail address)
  • Authorization to receive text messages from the university on your cell phone
You will also be asked to provide a challenge secreta password or phrase up to 25 characters long that you may be asked to provide over the phone to verify your ID when you request information.
If you have recently logged into O-Key and updated your account with the above information, you do not need to do it again.

What is O-Key?
O-Key is the universitys centralized web based account management and service provisioning system. One of O-Keys core functions is to provide a single secure user ID and password that can be used to access university services. After completing your student enrollment or filling out your employment paperwork, you will be eligible for an O-Key account (visit http://okey.okstate.edu). By activating your account, you can set up your e-mail address, create an e-mail account to the OSU provided Exchange/Outlook services and set up your emergency and directory contact information.
When do I use my O-Key login information?
Depending on whether you are an OSU student or employee, your O-Key username and password are used to access the computer labs, the Student Information System, the Online Course Management System (Desire2Learn), the OSU Wireless Network and your OSU Outlook/Exchange e-mail.
How do I activate my O-Key account?
1. Go to http://okey.okstate.edu.

2. Click on the O-Key Account Activation button on the main page.

3. Enter the first two letters of your last name, the last five digits of your Social Security Number (or OSU Identification Number), and your date of birth in the appropriate fields.

4. Once all three pieces of information have been entered successfully, you will be guided through an activation wizard that will help you obtain an O-Key username, password and email address.

5. Upon completion of the activation wizard, it may take 24 hours before your new account is ready to use.
Note: A new requirement for resetting a password will be implemented at the end of March 2010 and will include the use of a token. The token will replace the Challenge/Response format that is currently being used.
Points of interest in O-Key
  • Campus Alerts: You will be asked to provide emergency contact information that will be used for the Campus Alert system. You can enter your phone number to receive text messages and/or voicemail alerts. The Campus Alert system will notify you via text message and/or voicemail regarding emergencies on campus. This information is confidential and will not be used for communicating anything other than actual emergencies.

  • E-mail Forwarding: You have the option to have your e-mail forwarded to another e-mail address that you may already have. Faculty/Staff: You may change your e-mail destination any time by logging into your O-Key account and clicking on E-mail Destination. Students on Cowboy Mail: For information on how to forward your e-mail, click here.

    Note: If you forward your e-mail to another account, it will not be accessible from the OSU Outlook/Exchange system (faculty/staff) or Cowboy Mail (students). Also, all previously received e-mail messages will be deleted.

  • Password Expiration: O-Key passwords expire every 120 days to ensure the security of your account. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your password expiration 30 days before it is set to expire, or you can monitor this on the first page of your O-Key account.

For questions about your O-Key account, please contact the IT Helpdesk at helpdesk@okstate.edu or (405) 744-HELP (4357).
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