Getting Connected

network_icon_gradientSUNY New Paltz supports the use of wired and wireless devices across campus and the information in this section will help you get your devices connected properly.  All users connecting to a SUNY New Paltz network assume responsibility for proper use of their devices, including adherence to all DMCA laws for proper use of copyrighted materials.

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NPCUID (New Paltz Computer User ID)


SUNY New Paltz User ID and Password Information

npcuid_icon_gradientAll students are assigned a New Paltz Computer User ID (NPCUID); your NPCUID consists of up to the first seven characters of your last name, the first character of your first name plus a digit assigned by computer services (NOTE: some students will continue to use their BannerID for a username).  Your NPCUID is required in order to access a variety of SUNY New Paltz computer services, including:

  • Campus email (Hawkmail or Outlook)
  • Computer Lab Login
  • Printing and Wireless Printing
  • Blackboard (Course Management System)
  • Off-campus Library Database Access (including films on demand)
  • Wired and Wireless Authentication for your devices
  • Terminal Server
Forgot Password / Password Reset
reset_icon_gradientIf you have forgotten your New Paltz username or password you can use our self-service password reset tool by going to and clicking on the “Forgot Username/Password” link.  

Alumni: click the following link to fill out a reset form

The self-service tool will only work if:

  • we have an valid, external email address (i.e. a non-“” email address) on file for you
  • AND you have already set up a “security question” so we can verify your identity

If either or both of the above criteria are not met and you are unable to use the self-service tool, please contact the Service Desk:

Wired Connection Information
To learn how to connect your laptop or desktop with an ethernet cable in your residence hall, follow the links below:

Wireless Information
Safe Computing Checklist
Network security and personal privacy are important issues; make sure you keep the campus network and your own devices safe by following these four steps:

  1. Have an anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date (required for resident network users).
  2. Keep up-to-date with operating system updates (such as Windows Update).
  3. Install, update and run a spyware protection program.
  4. Use strong passwords, change them frequently, and keep them SECRET.