In the rest of the Knowledge Base, you may encounter language that refers to the “MCAD Login,” (previously: to the “short” or “long”) or your MCAD email address.
Your MCAD Login refers to the username you’ve been assigned for all MCAD related systems. For most people, this is the first initial of your first name plus your whole last name. Some people may also have numbers attached to their username to distinguish theirs from other usernames with the same initial and last name. For example, our good friend David Hasslehoff’s MCAD login would be: dhasslehoff.
If your legal name has changed since you were assigned this username, or if you have a different preferred name than the one originally associated with your account, it is possible to update your legal or preferred name.
You have a password associated with this username, and together these credentials are your login information for all MCAD related services. This includes the service bureau, the media center, lab computers, myMCAD, Blackboard, Lynda, and Papercut. Any time you see a login window that looks like this, you’ll use the credentials of your MCAD Login.
Everyone is assigned an MCAD email and these addresses are hosted by Gmail. Your email can be accessed at mail.google.com, and in this case, you’ll login using your whole login including “@mcad.edu,” not just the MCAD login. (Or in other words: your “short” MCAD email address). Thus, David’s MCAD email would be “email@example.com.” The password to your MCAD email is the same as your MCAD Login.
Aside from Gmail, the only other place you will need to use your full MCAD email to log in with will be during the activation of Adobe Creative Cloud. Read this article for more information on using your MCAD credentials to properly license the Creative Cloud apps on laptops with the MCAD software build.
Finally, your “long” MCAD email address refers to a secondary non-official way of writing your email address, called an “alias.” All email is sent and received by your regular MCAD email. The format of your alias or “long email address” is “firstname.lastname@example.org,” so David’s long email would be “email@example.com.” This email alias can’t be used to access any services - it is just to ensure that all possible communications associated with your name are sent to your inbox.
Below you’ll find more details about exactly who has an MCAD Login under various circumstances.
Currently Enrolled Students
Degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in at least one course for credit are assigned an active MCAD Login and @mcad.edu email address. Continuing Education students are assigned an MCAD Login but do not receive an @mcad.edu email address.
For previously enrolled students who have not graduated, there is a one semester (six month) grace period before their email account is disabled. This means, for example, that if you are enrolled in a fall course and choose not to enroll in the following semester, your email account will remain active until the start of the following summer session.
Graduating students will have their @mcad.edu email accounts open until the following dates:
- December Grads - Your account will be disabled December 15th of the year following your graduation.
- May Grads - Your account will be disabled May 15th of the year following your graduation.
This applies only to the @mcad.edu email address and not the other services associated with your MCAD Login, such as the service bureau, media center, lab computers, wireless network, software registration, etc. These services are only available to currently enrolled students and will be disabled at the time of graduation.
Withdrawal or Expulsion
If a student withdraws or is expelled from school, their account and all associated services (including email) will be immediately disabled.
Staff members will receive an email account after completion of all HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Staff accounts will be immediately disabled on the date of termination.
Full-time faculty who are instructing a for-credit course in the undergrad/grad degree program will receive an @mcad.edu email account. Full-time faculty members will receive an email account on the first day of their contract start date, pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Full-time faculty accounts will be immediately disabled on the date of termination.
Adjunct faculty who are instructing a for-credit course in the undergrad/grad degree program will receive an @mcad.edu email account. Adjunct faculty members will receive an email account during faculty orientation, pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Adjunct faculty email accounts will be disabled one year after the contract end date. The contract end date is maintained by HR/Payroll and usually coincides with the week after the end of the semester.
Full-time Visiting Artists will receive an email account on the first day of their contract start date pending completion of all necessary HR paperwork and entry into the HR/Payroll database. Visiting Artist email accounts will be disabled one year after the contract end date. The contract end date is maintained by HR/Payroll and usually coincides with the week after the end of semester.
At this time, alumni are subject to the "Graduating Students" requirements above and do not maintain an @mcad.edu email account beyond the graduation grace periods.