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SSL Certificates

OIT offers Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates for the purposes of encrypting traffic to and from servers and securing software programs, emails and documents. Servers must be on official OHIO domain names which are owned by the University and managed by OIT such as ohio.edu. This includes servers hosted locally on the ohio.edu network and cloud services which are assigned an official OHIO domain name.


SSL Certificates are available to faculty, staff and official student organizations sponsored by a faculty or staff member. This service is not available to students.

Server Requirements

  • Servers must be on an official, University-owned domain name which is managed by OIT. If your server is not on a University-owned domain name, you must request a Custom Web Address.
  • Local servers must be connected to the University's main network and hosted on appropriate equipment: no residence hall room or guest network use, and no desktop or personal computers.
  • The server or service must be used for official University business only, and cannot process or store any data classified above “Low” according to University Policy 93.001. This includes financial transactions.
  • The certificate cannot be used on a server which replicates a core IT function.
  • The server or service being secured may be required to pass a security and accessibility review prior to issuing the certificate.

How to Request

There currently is no charge to request a certificate. Send an email to servicedesk@ohio.edu from your OHIO email address that includes the following:

  1. A completed Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Please use a fully qualified ohio.edu domain name or domain name owned by the University when you create your CSR.
  2. Description of the server or website and its purpose.
  3. List of OHIO email addresses that should be notified when the certificate is about to expire.
  4. This statement as part of the body of your email:
    "I agree to abide by Ohio University's Computer & Network Use policy 91.003 and the Comodo One end user license agreement."