The SFU userid
The SFU userid (SFU Computing ID) is used for authentication and in many other ways. Everyone in SFU has an SFU userid.
it contains letters and digits only, and no other characters.
it has maximum length of 8.
many people confuse the SFU userid and the SFU email alias.
many people confuse the SFU userid and the SFU ID, and the SFU email address.
it doesn't help that the SFU userid is called different things in various SFU documentation.
Here, we try to clarify these terms.
|What it's called...||What it looks like...||How it's used...|
(exactly 9 digits)
|For identity, grades.
Not shared widely.
Used for login by applicants, not students.
(up to 8 letters & digits)
|For login, along with your password. *you must use Userid for Linux login in CS labs*
Contains only lowercase letters and digits and is 8 characters or less.
It's a unique string that identifies a computing account. Always include it when requesting technical support.
Used in your SFU email address.
You could be asked to use it in an assignment filename.
Login at https://www.sfu.ca/sfuds to see it, at the top of the page.
(userid + "@sfu.ca")
|For email communication.
Used by SFU, instructors, fellow students.
Only letters and digits in front of "@sfu.ca" in your SFU email address.
No "_" (underscores) in your SFU email address.
No "." (dots) in your SFU email address.
You also get an email alias, an alternate email, constructed from your names.
Launch your web browser, start a new Private/Incognito/InPrivate window, and browse to SFU's directory service:
On this web page, click the "Login" button and login using your SFU credentials.
Once logged in, click the link "Edit My Entry" in the upper right.
On the Edit screen, please review your listing and fill in proper information as needed.
Please make sure the Display Name is correct (if this is for a role account, make it compliant with the standard).
For the "From" address in SFU Mail: you may choose to use your alias, but please note that we recommend you use firstname.lastname@example.org as your "From" address. This makes it easier to identify you when you email technical support. If you choose to use an alias, please be sure to include your userid in any request for support.
If your preferred SFU email address is not in the pull-down list, you can enter it in "Other Email:" and "Save Changes", which adds it to the pull-down list of "From" addresses the next time you edit your listing.
When you are satified with the information, please click the "Save Changes" button.
After saving the changes, please wait for 24 hours and then ask your colleagues/friends to find you in SFU Mail by using the new/updated Display Name.
If you need further assistance, please contact us.
You may want to work in a different web browser or in a private/incognito browser window when logging in as a role account.
On the CAS login page, enter the username in the format of ":myuserid" (a colon in front of your personal SFU userid) as shown here, and when prompted, give your password and your OPT (SFU MFA) code:
After entering your password and OTP (SFU MFA) code, you are presented with a page like this:
Now, please select the role account you need to work as currently, and click the "Sign In" button.
You can also logon with "roleaccount:myuserid" as the username and your password and OTP (SFU MFA) code.
Last updated @2022.10.06