Campus VPN

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Fast, secure off-campus access to online resources such as remote desktop, remote printing, or shared network storage that normally would require you to be connected to the on-campus network. The VPN creates an encrypted "tunnel" that protects your network traffic from being captured by unauthorized individuals.


Accessing the VPN varies across each operating system. Step-by-step instructions are below.

  • Note: You must be enrolled in Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to access the VPN.

    • You cannot connect to the VPN with a text message or hardware token as your authentication method. Only the Microsoft Authenticator app or a phone call will work. 

Installment instructions for BobcatRAS VPN:

Please note: A valid OHIO log-in is required to access VPN instructions.

Who can access

  • Faculty, staff, and emeriti

  • Graduate student employees

  • Other students and guests may access upon request.

  • Must be enrolled in Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

How to request access

  • Access is enabled by default for all faculty, staff, emeriti, and graduate student employees.

  • Students or guests who need VPN access should contact the IT Service Desk

Campus VPN Features

  • Uses Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for Windows, Mac OS, Linux OS, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS

  • Supports many basic, secure services

  • When enabled, only OHIO traffic from that device is tunneled through the VPN

  • Maximum session length: 12 hours

Additional resources

Service support

Get help

  • Visit the Technology Help Center ( to get live support, view outages, and browse trainings.


Ohio University strives to make its digital resources and services accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities who may also be using assistive technology. If special steps are necessary in order to improve the accessibility of experiences for end users, those steps must be taken. 
If you experience a barrier that affects your ability to access OHIO websites, videos, online forums, documents, or other information technology, please let us know

For further information about OHIO's digital accessibility resources, see:


The Ohio University Information Security Office strives to educate and empower the University community to appropriately manage risks and protect OHIO’s information and systems. This effort is facilitated through policies, standards, information security risk management, as well as other tools and guidance provided to the University community. This modern approach creates a safe computing environment, enabling the university community to teach, learn, and conduct research. 

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