Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Multi-Factor Authentication FAQs

The information on this page answers common questions about Multi-Factor Authentication.

Setup and General Questions

Visit MFA Getting Started or MFA Detailed Instructions. If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk by logging an incident, via email at ITSServiceDesk@luc.edu, or via phone at 773-508-4487.

You can use the phone number, but do not select the "Office phone" option – it will not work as intended. Instead, add your office phone number as your "Authentication phone" or "Alternate authentication phone".

To verify that MFA is enabled, navigate to https://luc.edu/mfapreferences and log in. You should be prompted for additional security verification, such as approving a push notification, entering a code sent via text message, or confirming via a phone call. After confirming the additional security verification, you will be taken to your MFA preferences page. If you are able to see this page, MFA has successfully been enabled for your account.

Currently, MFA is enabled for off-campus use of Loyola Secure Access (LSA) and Office 365 (O365). MFA will be enabled for additional LUC applications in the future.

No, you cannot opt out. Multi-factor authentication will be required for anyone with a LUC account.

It depends on the preferred option you selected.

  • To receive codes by text or call, you must have mobile service.
  • To receive push notifications to the Microsoft Authenticator app, you must have mobile data or WiFi.
  • To use the code generated by the Microsoft Authenticator app, you do not need any connection at all.

If you need to make changes to your MFA preferences (e.g. add/change preferred options, add/remove a new phone number or device), go to the MFA Preferences page. If you’re unable to do so, please call the ITS Service Desk during business hours at 773-508-4487. We will confirm your identity and then reset your authentication methods. Note: ITS cannot confirm your identity via email or self-service tickets.

Troubleshooting

This is a known issue in iOS. To resolve the issue, go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts. Once there, delete then re-add your LUC account.

If you don't receive an MFA prompt in your email app on your mobile device or computer, please use the Microsoft Outlook app or the Outlook Web App.

If you have an international mobile plan, the Microsoft Authenticator app will work. Otherwise, when you are prompted for MFA, click on Sign in another way. From there, select Use a verification code from my mobile app, you will then be prompted to enter a code. Open the Microsoft Authenticator app and enter the 6-digit code into your login screen.

Each code is only valid for a limited time – for texts and push notifications, around 30 seconds, although this includes delivery time; the code displayed in the Authenticator app displays a countdown timer. Try again and be sure to have your device close at hand with the appropriate app open.

  • If you often have delivery delays due to poor connectivity, we recommend you use the Microsoft Authenticator app on your mobile device, which provides valid codes without any mobile service or WiFi connection. 
  • If you are trying to receive a text message, have a friend or colleague send you a text to make sure you are receiving messages.
  • If you have received several codes, use only the most recent one.

Please call the ITS Service Desk as soon as possible during business hours at 773-508-4487. We will confirm your identity and then reset your authentication methods to prevent unauthorized access using your missing device. Note: ITS cannot confirm your identity via email or self-service tickets.

If you forget your mobile device at home, you must have already set up an alternate contact method such as a phone call to your office phone or home number. We encourage users to set up multiple authentication methods to prevent reliance on a single item for access. If you have no additional methods set up, please call the ITS Service Desk during business hours at 773-508-4487. We will confirm your identity and then reset your authentication methods. Note: ITS cannot confirm your identity via email or self-service tickets.

If you are unable to scan the QR code, please check your phone’s settings and make sure the Microsoft Authenticator app has permission to access your camera.

You may be using an application or technology that does not support modern authentication. Please review the following checklist and recommendations for supported software versions and devices: https://www.luc.edu/its/services/mfa/supportedtechnology/

You were most likely opted into MFA and will need to complete the setup. To complete the MFA setup, navigate to https://outlook.luc.edu.

1. Enter your UVID and password

 

2. You will then be presented with the following screen. Click Next on the “More information required” page.

3. You will now need to setup your preferred MFA option. Please see step 3 of the MFA Detailed Instructions page on how to setup your preferred MFA option.

 

 

You may be using an application or technology that does not support modern authentication. Please review the following checklist and recommendations for supported software versions and devices: https://www.luc.edu/its/services/mfa/supportedtechnology/

If you are not getting an alert pop-up, please make sure that you have the “Notify me through app” selected as your preferred option. You can do so by signing into the MFA Preferences page. Please also make sure that you turn on notifications for the Microsoft Authenticator app in your phone’s settings.