Beginning this fall, all Ohio State employees will be required to use BuckeyePass to log into Employee Self Service (ESS) — the online portal for accessing important employee data, such as paychecks and benefits enrollment.
What is BuckeyePass? It is a new identity verification service that provides a second layer of protection for your personal information. It requires something you know (your password) and something you have (a mobile device or phone). Visit the BuckeyePass website before Sept. 12 to enroll. You will be required to use BuckeyePass to access ESS starting Sept. 12.
Employee Self Service includes personal data related to paychecks, benefits and leave. You may also log in to ESS to update your benefits later this fall during Open Enrollment.
To access this information using BuckeyePass, employees will need to first use their Ohio State username and password, followed by a second identification step. This additional step includes one of four options for verifying your identity:
- Mobile app
- Text message
- Telephone call
- Hard token (in very limited circumstances)
This new security precaution is being put in place to make your personal information more secure, as phishing and identity theft crimes have been on the rise in higher education. Visit buckeyepass.osu.edu to enroll before Sept. 12.