Information Technology & Services at Aquinas College

Passwords

ELM Services: 

  • ACORN
  • Campus Network/Computer Labs
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Drive
  • MyAQ
  • The Moose
  • CourseConnect
  • AQnet

The Campus Network

This is the college's main network used on all Aquinas-owned machines including the provided computer labs.

ELM Services

Your ELM password grants you access to a variety of web-based applications including ACORN, The Moose, Calendar, Email, Drive, CourseConnect and MyAQ. >More information on ELM 

The ELM Menu
The ELM Menu provides one-click access to all ELM services. Simply click on an icon to login: 

AQNet

Use your ELM password to register your computer for AQnet use. >More information on AQnet

Usernames

Along with your password, you will need your username. Please make note that you use it each time you login to ELM.

Forgotten Passwords

Passwords can be reset online. If you have not yet received a one-time access key may obtain one by bringing a picture ID to the ITS Help Desk, the Grace Hauenstein Library, or Campus Safety (open 24 hours a day).

Password Guidelines

Perhaps the most vulnerable part of any computer system is the account password. Any computer system, no matter how secure it is, can be fully exploited by an intruder if he or she can gain access via a poorly chosen password.

Password "Don'ts" 

  • DON'T use a word contained in English or foreign language dictionaries, spelling lists, proper name lists, encyclopedias, or other lists of words. Password cracking programs use these electronic resources tirelessly looking for password matches.
  • DON'T use your login name in any form (i.e., reversed, capitalized, doubled, etc.).
  • DON'T use your first, middle, or last name in any form.
  • DON'T use a friend’s name, your spouse’s, or child's name.
  • DON'T use other information easily obtained about you. This includes license plate numbers, telephone numbers, social security numbers, the make of your automobile, the name of the street you live on, etc.
  • DON'T use a password of all digits, or all the same letter.
  • DON'T use a password shorter than eight characters.
  • DON'T share your password with anyone.
  • DON'T write your password down.
  • DON'T leave your PC logged on and unattended.

Password "Do's" 

  • DO use a password with mixed-case alphabetic.
  • DO use a password with a combination of alphabetic and non-alphabetic characters (digits or punctuation).
  • DO use a password that is easy to remember, so you don't have to write it down.
  • DO use a password that you can type quickly, without having to look at the keyboard.
  • DO choose a line or two from a song or poem, and use the first letter of each word and add some non-alphabetic characters.
  • DO alternate between one consonant and one or two vowels, up to seven or eight characters. This provides nonsense words that are usually pronounceable, and thus easily remembered.
  • DO change your password periodically, usually every three to four months.