Student Accounts & Access

FAQ - Student Accounts & Access

Student Accounts & Access

Where can I get technical help?

Visit the online help desk for help with access, wireless, Blackboard, myCWI, e-mail, computer labs and more or call 208.562.3444.

What's my username and password?

Each student will have one username and password to access campus computers, Blackboard, and student email. The initial password is temporary, you MUST change your initial password before you can access Blackboard or student email. The account is as follows:

Username: In most cases, your e-mail address will be your firstname+lastname@mycwi.cc (ex. jonathonsmith@mycwi.cc). If you provided a preferred first name(nickname) to Student Services, your email address will be your preferredfirstname+lastname@mycwi.cc (ex. johnsmith@mycwi.cc).”

Temporary Password: Your temporary password will be the first letter of your firstname in CAPS (or first letter of your preferred first name if provided to Student Services) + first letter of your last name in CAPS + “logon” in lower-case letters + last 4 digits of your SSN, if you don’t have a SSN, then use the last 4 digits of your student ID number (Ex: Jonathan Smith’s password would be JSlogon1234).

Note: Whenever your password is changed it will change for Blackboard, PC access, and student email.

How do I change my password for PCs, Blackboard, & e-mail?

There are two ways to change your password.

  1. Log onto a CWI domain computer with your current username and password.
    • Once logged on, press CTRL+ALT+DEL.
    • In the Windows Security window, click Change Password.
    • In the Change Password window, in the Old Password box, type the password you are currently using.
    • In the New Password box, type the password you would like to start using.
    • In the Confirm New Password box, type your new password again.
    • Click OK.
    • Once the message stating your password has been changed successfully has appeared, click OK.
    • Log off of the computer, and log back in with your new password.

New passwords must comply with the below complexity requirements.

  • Cannot contain the users first or last name
  • Must be at least 8 characters in length
  • Must contain at least one character from at least three of four sets of characters:
    • A through Z
    • a through z
    • 0 through 9
    • Symbols such!@#$%^&*
  • You can only change your password once within 24 hours
  • You must have 24 unique passwords before you re-use an old password.