Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication required for faculty and staff email starting in February 2022

Starting in February 2022, all West Lafayette faculty, staff and graduate students will be required to use Microsoft Multi-Factor Authentication as part of the security measures for protecting their email.  

  • Faculty and staff who have not signed up to use Microsoft MFA will receive an email from ITaP on Tuesday, Feb. 1, with instructions on how to set up authentication for their accounts. 

  • Users will then have two weeks to set up their authentication method. After the two-week period, faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus who have not set up an authentication method will be unable to access their email until multi-factor authentication setup has been completed. 

  • Prior to Feb. 1, faculty and staff may start using MFA by filling out the form found here. After you register, you will receive an email with follow up instructions for setting up MFA. The process takes about 5 minutes. 

  • Graduate students will be added throughout the month of February, with enrollments taking place on Feb. 8, 15 and 22.  
  • More than 15,000 faculty, staff and students have already started using Microsoft MFA since the requirement was announced in October. 

  • The set-up process for MFA takes about five minutes and is intuitive – less than three percent of users reported needing help to get started. 

  • Microsoft MFA protects users by requiring a second form of authentication, in addition to your career account password, when signing into Office 365 applications (including Outlook email). Options include receiving a text message or audio phone call or using the Microsoft Authenticator App to authenticate. 

  • For more information about Microsoft MFA, visit 

Last updated: Jan. 20, 2022