Frequently Asked Questions - Account and General Issues

CSE account information for students enrolled in a CSCE/SOFT/RAIK course

Students may need a CSE account if they are enrolled in a CSCE, SOFT, or RAIK course. This CSE account is used to log in to computers in the computer labs in Avery Hall, and is also used to access various CSE servers and websites used to complete and submit lab and homework assignments. A CSE account is separate from a My.UNL account (e.g. jdoe2) which is used to access UNL services like Canvas, Box, and Microsoft 365, and a TrueYou account (e.g. 12345678) which is used to access NU (system-wide) services like MyRED and Firefly. Usernames (or LoginIDs) for CSE accounts do not contain any numbers, and the password for your CSE account is not synchronized to your My.UNL or TrueYou account password.


If you are enrolled in a CSCE/SOFT/RAIK course and do not already have a CSE account, you can create one online at by entering your full email address. After submitting your Huskers email address, you’ll receive a confirmation email at that address; click the link in the email to verify your identity and set up your new CSE account. This process will prompt you to choose your own password for your CSE account, complete the consent form to agree to the university’s computer use guidelines, and then provide you with the username (or LoginID) for your CSE account. Make note of the username/LoginID for your CSE account, as it will be different than the My.UNL account username you use to access Canvas and other UNL services.


If you already have a CSE account (e.g. from a previous CSCE/SOFT/RAIK course) but don’t remember your username (LoginID), you can get that by entering your full email address at to verify your identity first.


If you know your CSE account username (LoginID) but don’t remember your password, you can reset your CSE account password online by entering your full email address at to verify your identity first.

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How do I change my CSE password?

Your CSE login and password are synchronized across various departmental Windows, Linux, and Web services. changing a synchronized password on one system will change your password across all departmental systems.

We highly recommend you change your password on Windows. The password synchronization works better from this side.

For Windows: In order for you to change password, login with your old password, then press Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time. You will be presented with a set of options, one of which will be to change your password. Click on "Change Password" then enter your old password and new password as requested by the system.

For Unix/Linux: To change the passwords on a Unix or Linux command line, open a terminal and login to your account. At the shell prompt enter the command "passwd". Enter old password and select new password.

From the Web: You can also change your password by logging in to the CSE Account Management Utility (AMU) page at with your CSE account credentials and then clicking on the change password link on this page.

Please take the time to select a good password. When you change your password, the system will reject any password that does not meet the following complexity requirement: A password much be at least seven characters long; a password must contain at least three of the following four character sets:  lowercase, uppercase, numbers and punctuations; a password cannot contain your login or your first or last names as part of the password.

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Where is my CSE email forwarded to?

As of May 20th, 2019, university policy requires that all university communications be forwarded to the student's email. As such all email sent your CSE account will be forwarded to your email. No action is required on your part to enable this forwarding. For more information on this policy or if you are a new students and need to claim your email, please visit

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How do I change my linux systems login shell

Your CSE systems login shell defines how the department Linux workstations and servers will behave when you login.  The shell is the user's interface to the operating system allowing creation, editing, and examination of files and directories.  Shells also encorporate the elements of programmability by providing control flow statement-commands.  This statement-command syntactic format varies with different shells, and some programs are sensitive to the shell in which they are launched.  The choice of login shell can also affect the behavior of client applications that establish SSH protocol connections to the CSE servers.

Changing your login shell can be done anytime by logging into the CSE Account Management Utility (AMU) and selecting your shell under the Account Settings

Like your password, your choice of login shell is synchronized across all CSE department Linux workstations and servers.

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When does my CSE account expire?

For information on when your cse account expires, if you passwords are still valid or expired, etc. Please visit  the CSE Account Management Utility (AMU) page at

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I forgot my CSE password or login

If you have forgot your password or your login, visit the CSE Account Management Utility (AMU) page at Beneath the login dialog, you will see links to reset your CSE password or retreive your CSE login.

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Who should I contact for account releated problems?

If you are unable to find a solution to your problem in this FAQ, your next step is the Student Resource Center in Avery Hall room 12. The student resource center is generally open from 9:00AM to 7:00PM, Monday - Friday. If the Student resource center is unable to address your problem,  email When you send an  email to, please include your cse login and provided as much detail as possible.  When applicable, include the system you are using (Windows in lab, CSE server, Linux in lab, personal laptop, etc.), the operating system on your personal device, the task you are trying to acomplish, the command you are running, any error messages, etc.

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How do I check my disk quota?

If you are having issues saving file to your home directory (Unix) or your Z: Drive (Windows) you might have exceeded your disk quota.

Quotas are used to limit the amount of disk space used and the total number of files of each user. Disk space used is measured in blocks, where 1 block equals 1024 bytes(1KB).

There are two values (called limits) - a soft limit and a hard limit - for both the disk space used quota and the number of files quota .   You can continue to increase your usage over the soft limit until you either reach the hard limit or the established time limit (usually a week). Once the hard limit has been reached, all further attempts at file creation will fail with an error message.

The simplest way to view your disk quota is to visit the CSE Account Management Utility (AMU) page at Upon login, amu shows various details about your account, your disk quota will be visible on this page as well. 

To check your disk quota under Unix, use the  command "quota -v" at a Unix command prompt.  "

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