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MIDAS & MonarchKey

MIDAS (midas.odu.edu)


Video: An Introduction to the MIDAS System


Go to MIDAS website (midas.odu.edu)
Monarch-Key LoginMonarch-Key Log in screen: This page will appear when accessing most ODU online services.

MIDAS (Monarch Identification and Authorization System) is ODU's log-in ID and password management system that enables you to access the University's integrated technology services. You will use your MIDAS ID and password to log into most University applications and resources such as: e-mail, Blackboard, myODU Portal, Leo Online, Banner and many other important resources.

When you create a MIDAS ID and password, you will create a security profile that will make it possible for you to reset your MIDAS password online even if you do not know the current password. After your MIDAS account is created, you will only log into MIDAS if you need to change your password or your Security Profile.

Every MIDAS user must read and accept the Acceptable Usage policy and take online training on an annual basis. Depending on your University affiliation, you may also be required to take employee security training.

Monarch-Key Web Login

Monarch-Key Web Login lets you access ODU's essential academic and professional services with your MIDAS ID and password. Once you have authenticated to Monarch-Key, you can navigate from one service to another without having to log in again.

Session Timeout

For security reasons, Monarch-Key sessions will time out after one hour; if you launch a web application more than an hour after the initial authentication, you will be prompted to log in to the system again.

Exit Browser to Log Out

Please note: Logging out of a web-authenticated service is not guaranteed until the user has properly exited the browser window. When all Monarch-Key Web Login sessions are completed the browser must be 'Closed' (Windows) or 'Quit' (Apple) to ensure the user is logged out of every service.

Services/Account Requests




Video: MIDAS Account Creation Overview

  1. Validation
    Click "Need an Account?" on the MIDAS homepage. Enter your personal information. (Don't know your UIN? Your UIN is sent to you when you are admitted to Old Dominion University. If you do not know or cannot find your UIN, please e-mail register@odu.edu with your full name and date of birth, or call 757-683-4425 and you will be asked to provide information to prove your identity.)
  2. Acceptable Usage Policy
    Read the entire Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP). After reading the AUP select the "Accept" radio button and click "Submit".
  3. Training
    You are required to take one or more training courses during account setup. The number of courses depends on your role within the university (faculty, staff or student). Please read carefully, click the "next" button to go to the next page. On the last page, click the "Accept" button.
  4. Security Profile
    The Security Profile is necessary to protect your privacy and the security of the network if you should forget your password. The setup consists of 2 steps:
    • Step 1: Choose a security token method. You have to choose at least one of them, but you can also choose multiple or all methods. Click the "Continue" button.
    • Step 2: Choose a verification method. You have 2 choices: a text-based method or a color-based method. Move your mouse pointer over the choice names to see examples. Click the "Continue" button to advance to the next step. Depending on what you chose in step 2, the last step for the security profile is to complete either the "Questions and Answers" profile OR the "Color Grid Pattern" profile.
  5. Password
    The final step in your account setup is the setting of a password. The password must follow certain rules to be valid as a MIDAS password. These rules ensure the security of your password and are listed on the right-hand side of your screen. You will see green check marks that indicate if all the password rules are complied with. The rules themselves change style once you comply with them, so you can adapt your new password accordingly. Click the "Change Password" button.
  6. Completion
    Your account is now set up. On the right of the page a message will appear that displays your new MIDAS ID. Please make sure to write down your MIDAS ID!

Why does my password have to be so complex?

Monarch-Key allows access to a wide range of web services using MIDAS credentials, including ­MyODU portal, email, and dozens of other ODU services.

The ability to access a wide range of service with a single account provides many benefits including:

  • Reduction in the number of accounts/passwords users must remember
  • Greater security of personal and private information
  • Easier access to ODU resources via systems integration

In turn, the MIDAS password rules and complexity must meet the requirements of many systems. ODU's password practices (MIDAS password length, complexity, and rotation frequency) all blend together to adhere to industry standards and meet the requirements for identity assurance certification.

ODU takes the security and privacy of our student's information seriously; in order to have a less complex password that is still secure, the length of the password would have to increase or the frequency of change would have to be made shorter. Therefore, we strive to balance these aspects and ultimately deliver a secure yet user friendly computing environment.

MIDAS passwords must be changed once every six months.

You will receive advance notifications via email that your MIDAS password will expire soon.

To change your MIDAS password:

  1. Visit the MIDAS Homepage. Log in with your MIDAS ID and your current MIDAS password.
  2. After logging in, you will be presented with the Account Information page; Scroll over 'My Account' in the upper left corner and select 'Account Settings.'
  3. Under the 'Password' section on the left, select 'Change MIDAS Password.'
  4. Enter your new password (Note: Your new password must conform to all rules listed on right side of the Change Password Page.) After you have selected your new password and re-typed it for verification, all of the check marks on the right will be green. Click the ' Submit' button.
  5. Logout of MIDAS and login again with the new password to make sure that it works correctly.

You will be able to access LAN, MyODU Portal, and SpamTrap instantly with the new password. Email, Blackboard and LIONS2 can take a few hours or up to a day to pick up the password change.


Video: How to Reset a MIDAS Password

If you do not remember your MIDAS password, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit the MIDAS Homepage.
  2. Click the link 'Forgot password?' under the 'Log In' button.
  3. Enter your MIDAS ID and UIN
  4. Enter required information:

    • If you have set up a MIDAS PIN, please enter it.
    • If you have selected a Token Method, click 'Request New Token'. Once you receive your token, enter it into the 'Enter Token Value' box.
  5. Click 'Submit.'
  6. Answer the Security Profile Questions or Color Grid
  7. Upon successfully answering the questions, create a new password.

If you cannot successfully create a new password using your security profile, ITS will reset your MIDAS password. You will need to follow one of the following procedures:

  • Come in person to the ITS Help Desk in Webb Center, present a picture ID and request to have their MIDAS password reset.
  • If you are out of the area, you must fax (or email as an attachment) a copy of a picture ID to the Help Desk. Please include the following:
    • Your full name
    • Your UIN
    • Your birth date
    • A phone number

Why do I have to provide a picture ID in order to receive a new password?

If the online lost\forgotten password service cannot be used the ITS Help Desk will need to validate identity through a picture ID. This provides assurance that a student's personal information is not provided to someone other than the student.

MIDAS Password Reset Guide

If you do not remember your MIDAS ID, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit the MIDAS Homepage.
  2. Click the link 'Forgot MIDAS ID?' under the 'Log In' button.
  3. Enter your UIN, First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth and Gender.
  4. Your MIDAS ID should be shown on the screen.

MIDAS ID Lookup Guide