Most systems managed by the UofSC Columbia campus are protected by Multifactor Authentication (MFA) using the DUO Security system. The primary system protected by MFA is Self-Service Carolina (SSC).  SSC is used for many of your basic administrative needs as a student: class registration, housing, financial aid, etc.  You will need to complete MFA setup to have access to these areas.

Detailed information about MFA and instructions can be found on the Multifactor Authentication page of the UofSC Columbia website.  Please be aware though that due to the depth of the information contained on this page most users find reading it only left them more confused.

If you run into any issues, please contact the USC Aiken Help Desk.  Don't frustrate yourself unnecessarily by attempting to solve an MFA or account issue on your own when a quick call to the Help Desk could solve it for you quickly and easily.

Setting Up MFA

If you run into any issues, please contact the USCA Help Desk.  Don't frustrate yourself unnecessarily by attempting to solve an MFA or account issue on your own when a quick call to the Help Desk could solve it for you quickly and easily.

If you receive the error shown below when attempting to test MFA or sign into an MFA protected site/system for the first time, you likely either just need to clear your cache or haven't yet successfully enrolled a device.

mfa authentication failed

How do I clear my cache?

Clearing your cache is simple.  Just follow the instructions for your browser found here: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN27196.html Or if you run into problems clearing your cache, try to sign in with a different browser.

How do I make sure I enrolled my device?

You enroll a device as part of the MFA setup process.  Once you've successfully signed into the MFA site at: https://my.sc.edu/multifactor/ you've registered for MFA.  However, you also need to enroll any devices you'd like to use for authentication.  If you don't enroll a device the system will not have a way to authenticate you, causing you to see the Access Denied screen above.

To ensure you've enrolled a device, got back to https://my.sc.edu/multifactor/ and check that you have an enrolled device listed as shown below.  You should then click the Test Authentication button at the bottom of that page to confirm it is working correctly.

mfa enrolled devices

What if I'm still getting the Authentication error?

If still receive the Authentication error after you've cleared your cache and confirmed that you have an device enrolled in the system, you should contact the Columbia Service Desk for assistance.  Be sure to tell them you've already completed these steps when you call.

You enroll a device as part of the MFA setup process.  Once you've successfully signed into the MFA site at: https://my.sc.edu/multifactor/ you've registered for MFA.  However, you also need to enroll any devices you'd like to use for authentication.  If you don't enroll a device the system will not have a way to authenticate you, causing you to see the Access Denied screen.

To ensure you've enrolled a device, got back to https://my.sc.edu/multifactor/ and check that you have an enrolled device listed as shown below.  You should then click the Test Authentication button at the bottom of that page to confirm it is working correctly.

mfa enrolled devices

During MFA setup you'll be asked to provide an answer to one of your VIP security questions.  If you have forgotten what those are, or have never set them up, you'll need to reclaim your VIP ID to set them.  Just click the link below, answer the questions presented and then select and set your security questions.  Once you've done that, you should be able to complete MFA setup.

Reclaim your VIP account to set security questions

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