SE Key Activation

SE Key Activation


Before a Southeast Key (SE Key) can be accessed it must be activated by the account owner. During the activation process a password is created, if the account owner is a newly enrolled student or new employee, the Office 365 (email) account is also created, and the password synchronized. The activation process takes up to 30 minutes after you submit.

Activation Process

To activate an SE Key;

  1. Navigate to the SE Key Account Management Page
  2. In the right hand box titled "Activate my SE Key," enter your Southeast ID # number (which begins with S<zero>) and your PIN.
    Note: Your PIN is the two digit DAY and YEAR of your birth. For example, someone born on May 4, 2000, has the PIN of 0400
  3. Create a password that meets the following criteria:
    • It must be at least 12 characters long (15 characters are recommended).
    • You can use spaces as part of your password to create a passphrase (e.g., My dog [Blue] can jump 23 feet!)
    • It must contain at least one character from three of the following four groups:
      • upper case letters A-Z
      • lower case letters a-z
      • numeric digits 0-9
      • special characters ~ ` ! # $ % ^ * ( ) _ + - = { } [ ] \ : ' ; ? , . /
  4. Click Submit
  5. Your SE Key will be displayed
  6. Your new email account will be in the format of SE

Following Activation 

Please Note: You will need to wait up to 30 minutes after account activation before accessing your university email or Office 365 account. 

After the SE Key is activated, you should complete the process by logging onto Office 365, The first time you login to Office 365, it will walk you through setting up multi-factor authentication (MFA).  MFA is another layer of protection for your account.  You setup MFA by selecting a cell phone number or by using the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile phone. More information on MFA can be found at   If you run into a problem, you can go to to configure your MFA.  

Our self-help password reset facility utilizes your personal email and/or cell phone information.  It is important for this information to be up-to-date in our student information system.  Go to the mySEMO portal to verify and update this information.  Use the search option and search for "email" and "phone" to find the links to update this information. 


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Students, faculty and staff are assigned usernames called SE Key's, that grant access to various technology-based services on campus and off.