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In January 2008, Washington University in St. Louis launched a University-wide initiative to develop a solution to provide single sign-on services to students, faculty and staff. IT professionals from all of the schools and several departments collaborated to define the requirements for a system that would serve the entire University. WUSTL CONNECT is the result of that collaboration.


The core technology of WUSTL CONNECT is a central authentication system for users of Washington University IT resources, including prospective students, students, faculty, staff and alumni. The most basic, and in many ways most important, information managed by WUSTL CONNECT is your personal authentication credential. This is a two-factor authentication credential, a login ID and a password. Referred to as your WUSTL KEY, this credential consists of a self-selected login ID and password.

The WUSTL CONNECT databases provide authentication services to University applications using Shibboleth, the open-source technology that manages session information to deliver single sign-on capabilities. While many University applications will be "shib-enabled" there will be some applications that cannot be integrated with Shibboleth. These applications will require the user to re-enter their WUSTL KEY Login ID and password. 

Phases of Implementation

The first phase of the project is to provide Common Sign-on authentication for central systems using the existing identity registry database. In future phases, the project will be expanded to library systems, the network and individual schools.

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