Pirate ID

Newly-hired faculty and staff, newly-admitted students, alumni and department-sponsored non-employees are assigned a unique username, or PirateID, to use when signing in to email, Office 365 and other ECU online systems. A user's PirateID is not the same as the ECU ID, which identifies an employee or student within ECU's administrative system.

PirateID Activation

Your new PirateID is activated through the Passphrase Maintenance Portal. During this process, a strong passphrase is created, security questions are created and a texting number is identified. Begin this process through the Passphrase Maintenance Portal.

After activation, use the passphrase maintenance website to

  • Reset your passphrase (required every 90 days)
  • Unlock your PirateID (too many unsuccessful login attempts locks the account)
  • Change your security questions
  • Change notification email
  • Set a texting number (an activation code can be sent to your phone)
  • Test your passphrase for security
  • Revoke certification
  • Set up multi-factor authentication (MFA)

    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 one (1) day after termination date
    Faculty Active position in Banner
    By department request or one (1) day 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.