As UCSB continues to enhance security on many of the applications we use, beginning Tuesday, November 15, former students, staff, and faculty will need Google’s two-step verification (known as Google 2SV) enabled when logging into the campus Google Workspace. Between November 1 and November 15, any time a former student, staff, or faculty user without 2SV enabled signs in via a web browser, it will remind the user to sign up with the notification, “2SV Enforcement is Coming.”

Example of the Google 2SV enablement reminder

After November 15, if a former student or colleague has not set up Google 2SV, they will not be able to access their campus Google Workspace account without contacting a service desk for help.

To avoid delays in access, we encourage former students and colleagues to complete the Google 2SV setup process prior to November 15.

How to Set Up Google 2SV:

Step 1: Log into your account at

Step 2: Follow the on-screen instructions to turn on 2-Step Verification. 
After you set up 2-Step Verification, you can sign in to your account with your password or your phone.

Step 3: Verify it’s you with a second step using Computer/Android/iPhone/iPad:
After you turn on 2SV, Google will ask that you complete a second step to verify it’s you when you sign in to help protect your account. 

Who do I contact for help?

  • Former Students & Alumni: or (805) 893-HELP (x4357) (hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST weekdays)
  • Former Faculty & Staff:  For assistance, please contact the Service Desk at 805-893-5000 or x5000.

Thank you for your flexibility and support as we move our campus services forward in security compliance.