Accounts and Access

Account, access, and identity management systems and services (Active Directory, LDAP, Shibboleth, Peoplesoft) protect CSUDH information resources. Your campus network account and password control access to online resources and IT services at CSUDH, such as email, shared data drives, wireless network access, Blackboard, My CSUDH portal, and more.

Faculty and Staff Campus Network Accounts

All employees of the university, as well as Persons of Interest (POI) do not apply for campus network accounts.  Accounts are generated automatically when the employee record is created in the Peoplesoft system. Retired faculty or staff must apply for emeriti status to retain their account.

University and Extension Student Campus Accounts

Currently registered CSU Dominguez Hills students and currently registered University Extension students do not apply for accounts. Accounts are created automatically for these clients when they are admitted to the university.

Shared Department Campus Network Accounts

Shared department accounts are used by multiple users to send out notices, receive requests, reserve conference rooms, etc.  A current Full-Time Permanent CSUDH employee with a campus network account has to submit the request for a new shared department account.  The department administrator will be responsible for the account.

Request a shared department network account

CSUDH Alumni Network Accounts

Alumni seeking accounts should contact the University's Alumni Relations office, WH C490, (310) 243-2237.

PeopleSoft Access

Access to the PeopleSoft applications is limited to members of the CSUDH faculty and staff and student workers who need to have that access in order to perform their work.

Password Maintenance

Users should always change their password only at New Users should go to dhnet to setup their challenge questions and answers. Should you forget your password, answering your challenge questions will allow you to change your password without going through the helpdesk.

Password Rules

In a recent 2017 CSU Information Technology security audit, the auditors determined that the password rules must be updated to comply with the current CSU standard.  This requires a change from an eight (8) character password to a twelve (12) character password.  All other requirements remain the same. 

Requirements are summarized below:

  • Cannot include your username or any part of your username
  • Password length: Must be at least 12 characters
  • Password complexity: Requires any combination of three of the following four:
    • Uppercase letters (e.g., A,B,C)
    • Lowercase letters (e.g., a,b,c)
    • Numerals (e.g., 1,2,3)
    • Symbols (e.g., !,*,%)



CSU has joined the InCommon Federation, a standards-based trust fabric designed to enable participants to conditionally allow end-user access to protected applications and information based on information provided to them by other participants.