Accounts and Resources Overview
This page provides a general overview of the accounts available to you depending on your relationship with Missouri State University. There may be other discipline-specific or area-specific accounts available but they would be maintained and controlled by their respective departments.
- BearPass Login (Eligible: Students, Faculty, Staff, and Emeritus faculty or staff)
- My.MissouriState.edu Portal (Eligible: Employees, Students, and Faculty)
- Blackboard Account (Eligible: Students and Faculty)
- Self-Service Banner (SSB) Account (Eligible: Faculty and Staff)
- Internet Native Banner (INB) Account (Eligible: Faculty and Staff)
This section provides a general overview of the resources available to you depending on your relationship with the University. There are different resources available across campus to other users. Your relationship with Missouri State University and the department that controls the resource, as well as your personal usage needs, will determine what other resources are available to you.
- Departmental File Storage (Eligible: Faculty and Staff)
- Course Web Site (Eligible: Faculty and Staff)
- Personal Web Site (Eligible: Faculty, Staff and Students)
- Student Organizations Web Site
Before you can access the services offered through Missouri State University Computer Services, you must get a BearPass Login. This will give you access to the My Missouri State portal, your email, and a variety of other resources.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff members employed by Missouri State University are eligible to acquire and maintain a Missouri State Active Directory Account. Faculty and staff members can receive accounts by presenting their ZipCard™ at the Cheek Hall 164 distribution window.
When you receive your Missouri State Active Directory Account, you must change your temporary password in order to access your resources. See more information on changing passwords.
Students registered for classes in the current or next semester may obtain a BearPass Login by:
- Visiting the Get an Account page to request an account online.
- Presenting their BearPass Card at any of the four Computer Services Open-Access Computer Labs.
A person who is not a Missouri State University student or employee but who has a legitimate need for computer access may be granted a guest account. Due to licensing restrictions, the Coordinator of Enterprise Systems and Operations must approve any requests for guest accounts. Requests for this permission should be sent to the Computer Services Help Desk.
Emeritus staff members are entitled to a BearPass Login. Emeritus personnel receive accounts by presenting their BearPass Card at the Cheek Hall 164 distribution window.
When you receive your BearPass Login you must change your temporary password in order to access your resources. See more information on changing passwords.
BearPass Account Deactivation
Accounts are generally deactivated six weeks into the next major semester (Spring/Fall) in which a person is no longer affiliated with Missouri State University. Two weeks before account deactivation is scheduled to take place, an email notification is sent to all accounts scheduled for removal at that time. If you receive this email and feel it is in error please send an email to the Computer Services Help Desk.
The My.MissouriState.edu portal is accessed using your BearPass Login, mentioned above. This is the same account used to log onto computers on the Missouri State University campus, as well as into your email.
You must have an active BearPass Login before you can receive a Blackboard account. Blackboard can be accessed through the My Missouri State portal by clicking the Blackboard button at the top-right of the portal after logging in.
Finding and Enrolling in a Course
Once you are logged in to Blackboard, you can find and enroll in your courses. At the “My Missouri State” Blackboard page:
- Click the “Courses” tab.
- Type your course id in the course search box.
- Click the “Go!” button.
- Find your course in the listing.
- Click the “Enroll” button, located to the right of the course title.
- Review the course information.
- Click the “Submit” button to add your name to the course site roster.
- Enter the access code if your instructor gave you one.
- Click “OK” to access your course.
Getting Help with Blackboard
We have extensive Blackboard documentation available on the Experts Documentation Wiki.
Instructors who have students that cannot obtain a BearPass Login using the above steps should contact the Help Desk.
Self-Service Banner (SSB) Account
The Self-Service Banner (SSB) Account isn’t used directly–instead, Self-Service Banner is accessed through the My Missouri State portal. You will be logged in automatically to SSB after you have logged into the portal.
Internet Native Banner (INB) Account
Your Internet Native Banner (INB) Account is used to login to Internet Native Banner (INB) and consists of your Banner Password and Banner ID. Your Banner ID is formed using the first letter of your first name and your entire last name; i.e., Jane Smith’s Banner ID is jsmith. Your Banner Password must meet Missouri State University’s Password Complexity Requirements.
Departmental File Storage
Computer Services provides storage space on a network file server for Faculty and Staff that have need for collaborating on the same documents. The files in these departmental folders are backed up daily to prevent data loss due to hard drive or equipment failure. This storage location is commonly referred to as “Bear One”. Requests for “Bear One” folder creation or modification can be sent to the Computer Services Help Desk.