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Pirate ID

Newly-hired faculty/staff, newly-admitted students and department-sponsored non-employees receive a username, or PirateID, which is activated through the Passphrase Maintenance Portal. 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 system. A PirateID and unique passphrase, created during the activation process, are used to log in to IT systems such as Blackboard, email, network resources, etc.

PirateID Activation

New users activate a PirateID through the online ECU Passphrase Maintenance Portal. During activation, a passphrase is created and security questions are set up to allow subsequent secure login to this site. Once activated, users can log in to the Passphrase Maintenance Portal to:

  • reset a passphrase (required every 90 days)
  • unlock an account (accounts lock after three unsuccessful login attempts)
  • reset security questions
  • change notification email
  • set a mobile number for texted activation code
  • Look up ECU (Banner) ID

    PirateID Eligibility

    Account Type
    Account Created
    Account Terminated
    Students Admitted and prospective
    On admission
    First fall or spring semester (excludes summer) student is not registered for classes after admission semester
    Degree-seeking On admission
    Graduates and students who have completed one semester (in good academic standing) are migrated to ECUAlumni first fall or spring semester (excludes summer) student is not registered for classes*
    Nondegree-seeking
    On admission
    First fall or spring semester (excludes summer) student is not registered for classes after the admission semester*
    Student employees
    N/A - students only have one student account that follows the schedule above

    Upon graduation, a student's PirateID/email account is migrated to the alumni system.

    *Other criteria include: 1) no active incomplete, 2) the student has not graduated, 3) the student has not taken a class for credit as a degree-seeking student, 4) the student is not in good academic standing (ex., academic suspension)

    • Undergraduate students not enrolled for one or more semesters (except summer session) must apply for readmission.
    • Graduate students must register for at least one credit hour each semester (except summer session) until all degree requirements are complete (thesis, professional paper, internship). If there is a break in enrollment, a student must apply for readmission.
    You've previously graduated, but are being readmitted to ECU:
    • Undergraduate: The PirateID is migrated from ECUAlumni to Students five days after acceptance as an undergraduate, medical or dental student.
    • Graduate: The PirateID is migrated from ECUAlumni to Students the next business day.

    Account Type
    Account Created
    Account Terminated
    Employees
    Prospective
    Upon selection as candidate of choice
    Forty-five (45) days after account creation. After official hire date, the account expiration is removed*
    Staff Active position in banner
    By department request or five (5) days after termination date
    Faculty Active position in Banner
    By department request or five (5) days after termination date
    Fixed-term faculty
    Active position in Banner
    Eight (8) months after termination date

    *Submit this service request form to extend a prospective employee's PirateID past 45 days.


    Account Type
    Account Created
    Account Terminated
    Non-Employees
    Retiree* Reactivated by retiree after initial account termination
    Must log in at least once a year, or account is terminated
    Non-paid sponsored account
    By department request
    Must be renewed annually

    *Retired faculty/staff are allowed to reactivate their PirateID/ECU email/academic web space up to six (6) months after their last work day.