Passwords Around The College

Although the College is moving towards a unified authentication system, at this time there are still some services that use different passwords for access.  The most common include:

  • Barnard Account (gBear, eBear, faculty and staff computers, wireless network)
  • Columbia UNI (for Courseworks, NINJa printing, and Columbia-specific resources)
  • Colleague (the administrative ERP system)

Barnard Account Passwords

Your Barnard Account username and password is used for access to gBear (email, calendar, and groups), the Barnard Secure wireless network, most faculty and staff desktop computers, and eBear.

For new faculty and staff, this account is created at the time of hire. The username and initial password is sent to the Provost’s Office (for faculty) and to Human Resources (for staff).

Self-Service Password Reset For Your Barnard Account

You can set up a few security questions so that if you forget or need to change your Barnard Account password, you can reset it yourself online from home, over the weekend, or even at 3 in the morning!  It takes just four easy steps!

Of course, faculty and staff may always visit the BCIT Service Desk (1st floor Lehman), Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and we'll be happy to change your Barnard Account password for you.  Students should visit Student Computing Services in 307 Diana.  Please be sure to bring your Barnard ID.

Step 1:  After logging into myBarnard, click on the Administration tab (faculty & staff) or Student Services tab (students).

Step 2:  Click on "Barnard Password Self Service" under "myTechTools" on the right side of the screen.

Step 3:  Choose three security questions and provide answers for each, and enter a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).  Click Submit.


Once you have set up your security questions and PIN, you can reset your Barnard Account password whenever you need.


Resetting Your Barnard Account Password

Step 1:  Go to the myBarnard Portal login page and click on the link on the right side of the screen.

Step 2:  Enter your Barnard account username and your birthday (MMDDYY) and click Submit.

Step 3:  Enter your answers to the three security questions and your 4-digit PIN. 

Next, enter a new password twice and click Submit.


If you entered your password incorrectly, you will see this message in your browser window.


If you entered your password correctly, you will see this message in your browser window.

If you forgot your answers to the security questions:

  • Faculty and Staff -- Come to the BCIT Service Desk (112 Lehman).  Please be sure to bring your Barnard ID.
  • Students -- Come to 307 Diana.  Please be sure to bring your Barnard ID.


 Columbia UNI Passwords

Columbia UNI passwords are administered by CUIT.  You can now reset your UNI password online if you have lost it by going to (You will need the nine-digit number on the back of your Barnard ID card). 

 Colleague Passwords

Colleague (Datatel) accounts and passwords are on a separate authentication system.  If you forget your Colleague password, you will need to contact the BCIT Service Desk for assistance.