Newly-hired faculty/staff and newly-admitted students receive a username, or PirateID. Users log in to IT systems such as Blackboard, email, network resources, etc., using this PirateID and a unique passphrase.
A user's PirateID is not the same as the ECU ID, which is a unique number identifying an employee or student within ECU's administrative systems.
New and Current Employees, Students and "Candidate of Choice" Faculty
Once assigned, new users are required to activate their PirateID and create a passphrase in the online ECU Passphrase Maintenance System.
Once registered, users maintain their PirateID/passphrase through the PID system. Features include:
- Passphrase reset (required every 90 days)
- Security question setup (for the PID self-help system)
- Account unlock (accounts lock after three unsuccessful login attempts)
PirateIDs are disabled five days after the last work day.
Student PirateIDs are active as long as the student is enrolled. The first semester a student is not enrolled (fall or spring semesters, not summer), the student's PirateID is deactivated. If the student is not enrolled for two consecutive semesters (fall or spring semesters only), the PirateID is deleted.
Retiring Faculty and Staff
Retired faculty and staff are allowed to reactivate their PirateID/ECU email/academic Web space up to six months after their last work day. See the Self-Registration Step-by-Step pdf for instructions. Reactivation must be done within six months of retirement; also, the email must be used at least once a year, or it will be disabled.