CalNet Accounts

Current students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the university are issued a CalNet ID. Your CalNet ID is your username used with your CalNet passphrase, to log into many web-based campus services. For most user,s your CalNet ID matches the handle of your campus email address. Protect your passphrase as carefully as you would your other personal identification numbers, such as Social Security or credit card numbers, since your CalNet credentials are often used to access confidential information. If you need help with your CalNet ID and passphrase, start by reviewing Manage My Account. Cal1Card and IT Client Services work with CalNet to support the self-service functions of CalNet ID creation and passphrase reset. All CalNet users and CalNet Sponsored Guests must abide by campus policies related to using electronic resources, including the Computer Use Policy).

Account Options

CalNet ID

Special Purpose Account (SPA)

Sponsored Guests


A CalNet ID is a username that you will use with your CalNet passphrase to log in to most campus systems. For new users, it is also the handle of their campus email address.

A Special Purpose Account (SPA) is a CalNet ID that can be shared by multiple users for collaborative purposes. SPAs are often used to manage shared departmental email addresses.

Guest accounts are for people who do not have an official university affiliation. CalNet Sponsored Guests is a service for campus applications to allow guests to use their personal Google login in lieu of a CalNet ID for authentication.


Faculty, Students, and Staff

Faculty and Staff

A CalNet Sponsored Guest is a temporary, unpaid collaborator, auditor, or conference attendee. For example, a Sponsored Guest may be auditing a course in bCourses or assisting campus administrators on an initiative. Anyone with a Gmail account can be a Sponsored Guest.

Access & Info

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