Canvas LMS + Duo MFA

Duo is Coming to Canvas on July 1, 2020

Canvas LMS + Duo SecurityComing soon, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will enable Duo multi-factor authentication for students, faculty, and staff for accessing the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). This new requirement was recently approved by your Academic Technology Council to better protect personally identifiable information and other sensitive info like student grades.

Starting in 2016, SMU’s OIT began enabling multi-factor authentication (MFA) for services like my.SMU, Office 365, and more. Duo MFA adds a second layer of security to online services. Verifying your identity using a second factor (like your phone or another mobile device) helps prevent anyone but you from using your SMU account to login, even if they know your password. Basically, it is how SMU services will know that you are who you say you are.

On July 1, 2020, the Canvas LMS will begin prompting you for Duo authentication when logging in. No action is needed on your part to activate or enroll. Simply use Duo as you already do for other SMU services. Also, we have extended the time Duo remembers you after you authenticate in order to make things easier during class time. Always make sure you have access to your smartphone or telephone that you have enrolled in Duo when logging into the Canvas LMS after July 1, 2020!

If you have any questions regarding this change, contact the IT Help Desk at or 214-768-HELP (4357).

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.