DrexelConnect: Multi-System Access
DrexelConnect provides a convenient way to access multiple university web services by typing in your password just once. (This single sign-on service had previously been called the central authentication service.)
Students, faculty, and professional staff may use their DrexelOne user-id and password to "connect" a browser window to DrexelConnect. Once connected, users can access any DrexelConnect service without entering the password again. When users sign out of a service, the browser remains "connected" so that the user may access more DrexelConnect services without having to enter their password again.
As users finish with each DrexelConnect service, they should sign out of those services. Because DrexelConnect makes it easy to get back in, the inconvenience of signing out and back in again is eliminated.
When users are done working or are leaving a computer they should sign out of all services that are still open in other tabs or windows and should click the Disconnect button. Disconnecting ensures that anyone else using the computer is prompted for a user-id and password. For added protection, we also recommend that users close all browser windows (and quit the browser if it's still running), especially if other people have access to this computer.
Refer to the below FAQ for additional information.
What is DrexelConnect?
DrexelConnect is a single-sign-on site for Drexel web applications. It's like "Login with Facebook," but with your DrexelOne user-id and password. A "connected" browser is able to access any service protected by DrexelConnect – including DrexelOne, Blackboard Learn, and BannerWeb – without needing your password entered again.
Didn’t DrexelConnect have a different name in March?
Initially, the headline on the main DrexelConnect page was simply Central Authentication Service. While the software running the site is based on Yale University's Central Authentication Service, that headline was a bit generic. After speaking to students, faculty, and professional staff, we decided that a Drexel-specific name was called for.
Didn’t DrexelOne already do single sign-on?
Somewhat, but DrexelOne is less flexible in interfacing with other systems and sometimes required users to type their passwords in again. DrexelConnect is based on Yale University's Central Authentication System, which is a popular single sign-on platform that many web applications already know how to authenticate with.
Is DrexelConnect secure?
Yes, all interactions with DrexelConnect use the same kind of encryption that's used for online banking and e-commerce sites.
What's the difference between signing out of DrexelOne or Blackboard Learn and disconnecting from DrexelConnect?
Signing out ends your session, but leaves your browser connected. While connected, the browser can, without asking for your password, start new sessions with any of the web applications protected by DrexelConnect. Once you disconnect, new sessions cannot be started (without your password), but any existing connections are still valid.
Do I need to close my browser after I sign out?
In general, it's a good idea to sign out of a service when you are done working with it. When you are done working with a computer – particularly a computer in a public area – you should sign out of each service used and also disconnect. If you don't do both, an existing session or connection could still be available in an open browser, letting a stranger access systems that you logged in to.
If you consistently sign out and disconnect, you don't need to close your browser. However, we still recommend closing browser windows (and quitting the browser on a Mac) as an extra precaution against forgetting one of the other steps.
How can my department get our web apps linked to DrexelConnect?
Contact IRT at DrexelConnect@drexel.edu. We can discuss your potential participation in DrexelConnect and provide technical details about how the app may have to be changed to delegate authentication to DrexelConnect.