Lehigh Accounts and Security: A Glossary

The LIN and PIN (or Name, rank, and LIN Number)

Lehigh Identification Number (LIN): This 9-digit Lehigh identification number replaces the use of Social Security number (SSN) for identity purposes. You use this number to open your computing account, to access the Banner Self Service (e.g., Web for Employee, Web for Student), and to access library services such as PALCI and ILLIAD. This number does not change.

Hint #1: If you forget your LIN, you can log into the portal with your username and password (see below) to access Banner. You can also look up your LIN number within the Banner tab.

Hint #2: Your LIN number always begins with 8, and the last four digits are on your Lehigh ID card, so you only need to remember the middle 4 digits.

PIN: Stands for Personal Identification Number and is used in Banner; an initial Banner PIN is generated for you when you start at Lehigh. The initial Banner PIN is used in conjunction with the Lehigh Identification Number (LIN) to open a Library and Technology Services computer account. You will need to change your assigned PIN number when you open your computing account.

Hint #1: The Banner PIN is often confused with the student "registration" PIN, which is NOT part of the Lehigh ID system. This is the single use number supplied by student advisors to permit students to register for courses.

Computing Account Username and Password: For email, portal, network, library, and more!

When you arrive at Lehigh , you open a computing account which provides you with access to many Lehigh systems and services, including email, library resources, Webspace, shared file space, and more. This computing account consists of a Lehigh username and password.

Username: The username is the first part of your email address (the xyz123 part of xyz123@lehigh.edu ) and is also used to log into many Lehigh services. It is paired with a password that you assign. Usernames created prior to 2005 are four characters long, e.g., sek2. Those created since then are six characters long, and based on initials and a three digit number.

Password: When you open your account, you assign yourself a password. Passwords must follow certain rules -
  1. Be 6 or more characters long
  2. Contain at least one alphabetic character
  3. Contain at least one numeric or punctuation character.
You are required to change your password every six months.

Security Questions: Security questions (formerly called challenge questions) are used to confirm your identity should you forget your password or PIN. You will need to set your security questions when you open your account. You can change them from the same page that you use to change your password.

Hint: The security questions must be answered letter for letter (if you type "daisy" as your answer, the response "daisies" will be incorrect.

Other Accounts

Banner Accounts for administrators: Banner Self Service (also known as "Web for...") typically only provides access to various aspects of your own personal Banner information. Individuals who have update or query capabilities (for financial records, student records, etc.) within Banner usually have a separate Banner account. Accounts accessing Banner in this manner (known as Internet Native Banner or Banner Forms) will utilize your same username as per above, but will use a different password which is maintained separately from your primary password.

R25 accounts: R25 is an event scheduling system used by the university. To get an account, see the room coordinator for your department or college, or contact the University Center.

Web accounts: You can set up a Web account via your computing account (go to http://www.lehigh.edu/account).

Departmental or club accounts: These are accounts used to manage departmental email or Web pages. Contact Kelly Decker at 8-3990 to inquire about these accounts.

sek2@lehigh.edu