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NetID Assignment

How is an employee NetID assigned?

A Northwestern NetID and email address is automatically created for a new employee once the hire is processed by HR.  Hires may be submitted in one of three ways:

Within three hours after the hire is processed by HR Operations, the hiring department's NetID Coordinator will receive an email that must be forwarded to the employee; this email contains an activation code and instructions for setting up the NetID.

Note: Individuals paid via a Special Pay Request Form or Contracted Services request are not assigned NetIDs.

Who is the NetID Coordinator?

To see your department's current NetID Coordinator, ask a myHR administrator in your department or review the NetID Coordinator page in myHR Administration. 

The NetID Coordinator must be changed directly in myHR by any administrator with data lookup security access, particularly when leadership roles change or when a new Position Number becomes responsible for maintaining NetIDs. For more information, please see page 72 in the myHR Administration Guide, or contact askHR at 847-491-4700 or

How are duplicate NetIDs resolved?

If you submit paperwork for an enrolled student or active employee, a new NetID will not be created; the student or employee should continue using their current NetID.

If the individual already has a manually-created affiliate NetID, a second employee NetID will be created.  Typically, the unit that assigned the affiliate NetID should deactivate it, and the employee should begin using their new account.  If the employee must keep their original NetID and email address, however, they must complete these steps:

  1. Do not activate or use the new NetID
  2. Email Northwestern IT at and request to "merge" the two NetIDs.  In the message, clearly indicate which NetID to keep, and which to delete.
  3. Upon receiving confirmation of the merged NetIDs, email and indicate which NetID was retained, and which was discontinued.  This will ensure that myHR Self Service access is linked to the correct NetID.

As a proactive measure, do not manually request or create an affiliate NetID if the individual will ultimately be hired as an employee. If NetID access is required before an official hire date, work with your unit's HR representative to create an unpaid appointment or simply submit the hire paperwork for processing early.

Where can I learn more?

For more information about NetIDs, see the Northwestern IT website.