PID Frequently Asked Questions

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Student & Applicant Questions

Q. I am an applicant or recently admitted student and do not know my PID. How can I obtain it?

A. As an applicant or recently admitted student, you can obtain your PID by contacting the appropriate office below:

  • Athens Campus and eLearning undergraduate students: Undergraduate Admissions 740.593.4100

  • Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center students: Student Services 740.654.6711

  • Southern Campus and Proctorville Center students: Student Services 740.533.4600

  • Eastern Campus students: Student Services 740.695.1720

  • Chillicothe Campus students: Student Services 740.774.7200

  • Zanesville Campus students: Student Services 740.453.0762

  • Graduate students: Graduate College 740.593.2800

  • Medical students: Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 740.593.2500

Q. I am a current student and do not know my PID. How do I obtain it?

A. As a current student, you can obtain your PID using the following methods:

Q. If my PID is printed on the OHIO ID card, can't someone gain access to my personal information?

A.  Knowing your PID does not necessarily give anyone access to your personal OHIO information. Services that pertain to your personal records should always require positive physical identification or, if you are using an electronic service, the use of your Ohio ID and password. Be sure, however, to safeguard your card and your password to prevent unauthorized use.

Faculty/Staff Questions

Q. Am I permitted to use PIDs in e-mail correspondence with students or other faculty?

A. Yes. The PID can be used in e-mail correspondence with students or other faculty.

Q. Will the University update its systems, forms, and procedures to adopt the new PID?

A. Yes. The PID is the new identifier that Ohio University will use as the primary key for tracking students, employees and anyone affiliated with the University. PIDs have been assigned to current employees and affiliates who did not already have one. The PID will be a nine-digit number that is not related to or derived from the Social Security number.

Q. What do I do if an employee doesn't know their PID?

A. Employees who do know know their PIDs can bring a valid photo ID to any ID card office location, or they can contact University Human Resources.