Information Computing and Technology Services


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 of their choice.
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.

All New Users (Includes Employees, Students and "Candidate of Choice" Faculty)

Once assigned a PirateID, 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)

Faculty tagged as the "Candidate of Choice" in the PeopleAdmin Human Resources system receive a PirateID that is active for 45 days


For help activating an account, resetting a passphrase or other PID system option, call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866/800.340.7081.

Exiting Employees

PirateIDs for fixed-term faculty are disabled eight months after the official exit date. All other staff PirateIDs are disabled five days after the last official exit date. Read the full PirateID deactivation schedule.


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.


Student PirateIDs are active as long as the student is enrolled. The first semester a student is not enrolled (fall or spring semester, 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.

Students receive an email prior to deactivation that warns them to take appropriate steps to save all account information prior to deactivation.

Contact Us

ITCS Admin - 252.328.9000
IT Help Desk - 252.328.9866
IT Help Desk - 800.340.7081
Classroom Tech - 252.328.9830
ITCS Leadership - 252.328.9000

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