Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo)

Students, staff and faculty are required to use Duo MFA to access the My Cal Poly Portal, Canvas, email and calendar, and all other web-based services that require a log-in. Adding a secondary device is highly recommended and ensures you have a backup way to authenticate if your primary device is unavailable. Select two of the following device options: mobile devicelandlinetoken, Touch ID, or a security key.

Authentication Options by Device


Authentication Method

Smartphone or tablet

Phone *Call Me
Touch IDTap or touch a biometric authenticator
Security KeyTap or press a security key button

* A landline is recommended if you're using a smartphone/tablet as your primary device, but a cell phone (not a smartphone) is also acceptable.