Information Technology

Duo Multi-Factor Authentication

The college has engaged in a coordinated effort to further strengthen system and network access safeguards. Columbia College is partnering with DUO Security to implement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on various software systems as well as on college hardware. Multi-Factor Authentication is an additional layer of security on top of user IDs and passwords, Single Sign-On, or VPN.   

As a result, when you enter your username and password into one of these systems, Duo will send a message to your smart device prompting a response to gain access. 

Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021, Duo will be enabled for all students when accessing college systems.  

What does this mean for you?  
Multi-Factor Authentication requires two things: 
What does using DUO mean? 
What are the benefits?   

New Students: Your experience will include your first access to Columbia systems and this video shows you step-by-step 

If You Forget Your Phone, you can contact Technology Support for a passcode that may be entered in place of the “push”. 

Note: If you have already enrolled in Duo with your student worker account and are now adding your student account, there is an additional step.  Video instructions for new students Duo How-To for Students who are also Student Workers 

If you have questions, please send an email to

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