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Welcome! As you begin your career at Penn State, we hope that you will explore the many technology resources available to faculty members. On this page you will find information about services that you may need to use before or shortly after joining Penn State.

Access Account go to website

Your Penn State Access Account consists of two parts—your user ID and password—and gives you access to many University services.

User ID

Your unique user ID (or username) is automatically assigned to you and usually consists of your initials and a one- to four-digit number (such as xyz5000).


Reset or change your password and set your secondary email address as soon as you activate your Access Account.

2FA go to website

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is an additional layer of security that requires verifying your identity on a secondary device.

LionPATH  go to website

On LionPATH, students can view transcripts, access financial aid information, pay tuition bills, schedule courses, and much more. To learn more about LionPATH’s faculty-specific uses, visit

Wireless go to website

Connect to campus Wi-Fi and learn more about the service.

WorkLion go to website

WorkLion is the University’s human resources portal that you can use to access your pay history and much more. For trainings on how to use WorkLion, and particularly its Workday application, please visit

Office 365 go to website

Office 365 includes all of the Microsoft programs you’re familiar with—from Word to Excel—and many more. Your University email and calendaring are also provided through Outlook, another Office 365 program. For training information, visit

G Suite for Education go to website

A G Suite account—which includes apps such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Hangouts Meet and Chats, Sites and Jamboard—is available to all Penn State students at no additional cost.

Penn State Telephony go to website

As a Penn State faculty member, you may use the Penn State Telephony service, also known as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). To learn more about the service and how to use its features, including voicemail, download a quick start guide or review the service’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Conference Media Management  go to website

Penn State provides two media management programs—Zoom and Kaltura—to help you join, host, and record videos, and manage digital content.

Copyright go to website

Intellectual property laws and guidelines can be complex and difficult to navigate. Make sure you’re familiar with Penn State’s policies.

Accessibility go to website

Learn accessibility guidelines, including how to make online documents accessible to all users. For accessibility training, visit

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) go to website

If you are an employee of Penn State with access to student education records, you are obligated to comply with FERPA, a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Visit the University Registrar FERPA page to access the training tutorial, or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

Stay Safe

Password Safety  go to website

It’s important to create strong passwords. Combine uppercase and lowercase letters along with numbers and only log in to secure sites.

Phishing go to website

Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information with a fake email message or call. Learn how to protect yourself and where to report a phishing attempt. For more information about required information security awareness training, visit

IT Alerts go to website

Sign up for Penn State IT Alerts to receive email notifications on the status of services such as wireless, Canvas, and more. For instructions on how to subscribe, visit

Virus Detection/Spyware Tools  go to website

Learn best practices for keeping yourself safe online and download free anti-virus software.