To improve login security, and use UCPath, it’s time to enroll in Duo

Faculty, staff, and student employees must enroll in Duo multi-factor authentication (MFA) so they can access UCPath, the new UC payroll and human resources system that UC Davis will adopt in March.

Enrolling in Duo will also improve account security at UC Davis overall. MFA is becoming a standard practice to protect information and privacy throughout the University of California, and thousands of people at UC Davis already use Duo to protect their campus accounts.

UC Davis goes live with UCPath on April 1, so it’s best to enroll in Duo before then.

For assistance
  • Departments and units are teaming with Information and Educational Technology to offer Duo enrollment assistance through drop-in sessions and other in-person help. For information or assistance, please contact your unit/department’s technological support or the IT Express Service Desk, which has assigned extra staff to support Duo enrollments.
  • UC Davis Health employees should contact UC Davis Health’s Technology Operations Center, (916) 734-4357.
  • Self-guided instructions, and information about tokens and other aspects of Duo, are available at Tip: Enroll between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, when IT Express is open, in case you want their assistance.
How Duo works, plus use with other campus services

Duo asks you to enter two “factors” when you sign in to a protected account: your usual passphrase, plus a second factor—typically a temporary code that Duo sends to your smartphone. If you don’t use a smartphone, you can use a token or other alternative. Accept the code, and you’re in. Hackers who don’t have the second factor cannot get into your account.

Once you enroll, you’ll need Duo to access certain campus services protected by CAS (Central Authentication Service), such as myucdavis and the Time Reporting System, as well as UCPath. IET is working with the Academic Senate to address any concerns faculty might have concerning Duo.

UC Davis Health, other UC locations, IET, and several departments and units at UC Davis already use Duo.