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 your Barnard Account password, you can reset it yourself anywhere or anytime, without needing to contact BCIT.   To set up your self-service questions, go to, click on "Register for password self-service", and log in with your current username and password.  Follow the on-screen directions to choose questions and the answers to them.

Once you have set up your security questions, you can reset your Barnard Account password whenever you need to.  Simply go to and click "Forgot your password?"  Once you successfully answer the questions you chose previously, you'll be able to set a new password.

If you forgot your answers to the security questions:

  • Faculty and Staff -- Come to the BCIT Service Desk (Milbank 13).  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.