• Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney


    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak


    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.


Usernames and Passwords


Need help figuring out which username and password to use? Or how to reset/change/unlock a password? Find the answers to some common questions below.

Which username and password do I use?
What are these credentials and where can I get help?
Where can I find my student email address?
Help! I forgot my PIN!
How do I change my PIN?
Help! I forgot my email password!
How do I change my Email password?

Which username and password do I use?

  Students:   Faculty/Staff:  
Where? Username Password Username Password
Otis Webmail Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
Self Service Xnumber PIN Xnumber PIN
O-Space * Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
Otis Wi-Fi Network Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
OtisDID Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
Research Databases ** Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
Proxy Server Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
Library Account Xnumber PIN Xnumber PIN
ACS Computers Xnumber Email password Email username Email password
IS Computers n/a n/a Email username Email password

* Alumni: Please use the O-Space Login Page for Alumni and enter your Xnumber and PIN.
** Some research databases (Grammarly and WGSN) require each user to create an account; the username will probably be your Otis email address and a password of your own choosing. Others (e.g. ebrary and JSTOR) give you the option to create an account for access to more features.

What are these credentials and where can I get help?

Everyone forgets a username and password at least once. Use the chart below to determine which one(s) you need and where to go for assistance. If you still need help, please contact your department assistant.

Credential What It Is Example Forgot it?
Xnumber Otis ID number X20098765 It is printed on your Otis ID card
Username First part of your Otis email address, i.e. the part before ""
Also known as your regular username or email username.
jdoe Contact the IS Helpdesk
Password 8-15 character password
Also known as your regular password or email password.
paSsw0rd5 Student: Go in person to the Academic Computing office on the 4th floor.
Faculty and Staff: Use the Password Manager. Otherwise, go in person to the IS Office or contact the IS Helpdesk.
PIN Password exclusively used for accessing Self Service (formerly limited to 6 characters) 12u4L67x 1. Use the Forgot PIN? link on the Self Service homepage.
2. If that doesn't work, go in person with a photo ID to the IS Office.


Where can I find my student email address?

Since students use their Xnumbers to log into most Otis services, it is easy to forget your acutal email address. Student email addresses generally consist of these elements:

first initial + last name @ =
first initial + last name + number @ =

It was listed on the letter with your other credentials - Xnumber, PIN and email password. If you no longer have the letter, you can find it by logging into Otis Webmail, O-Space, or Self Service.

Otis Webmail

  • In the upper right-hand corner, go to "Options" menu and choose "See all options." Your email address will be listed on the "Account Overview" page.
  • OR send yourself an email.
  • OR search for your name in the Global Address Book.


  • Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner. It will take you to the Edit User Profile page.
  • OR find your name in the People directory.

Self Service

  • Go to the Personal Information menu and click on View Email Addresses. It should be listed there.

Help! I forgot my PIN!

  1. If you cannot remember your PIN, first try logging into Self Service. You may remember the PIN when you see the page.
  2.  If you still do not remember the PIN, enter your Xnumber into the box and click on the Forgot PIN button.
  3. A new screen will appear asking you the security question you set up the first time you used Self Service. Answer the question.
  4. A new screen will appear asking you to choose a new PIN. Type it into both boxes.

If you have not set up a security question, or cannot answer it correctly, you must go in person with a photo ID to the Information Systems office.

How do I change my PIN?

  1. Log into Self Service.
  2. Click on the link for the Personal Information Menu.
  3. Click on the link for Change PIN. It should be the first option listed.
  4. Enter your current PIN and your new PIN into the appropriate boxes.

Help! I forgot my email password!

  1. Use the Password Manager. It will ask you personal challenge questions.
  2. If you have not set up the challenge questions, or cannot answer them correctly:
    • Students: Go in person to the ACS office on the 4th floor.
    • Faculty/Staff: Go in person to the IS office in the basement.

You can also unlock your account using the Password Manager. You can regain access to your account without changing the password.

How do I change my email password?

You can change your email password using 3 different methods — the Password Manager, logging into a campus computer, or through Otis Webmail. If you encounter any errors while changing your password, please contact the IS Helpdesk.

Important: If you have set up your Otis email on another computer (e.g. you personal laptop) or on a tablet or smartphone, you must update the settings immediately. Otherwise, the other device(s) will try to log into your account with the old password and lock out both passwords.

Via Password Manager

  1. Use the Password Manager. It will ask you personal challenge questions.
  2. Update your password on any tablets, smartphones, or other devices.

If you cannot use the method above (e.g., you have not yet enrolled in the Password Manager), please try one of the methods below.

Via Webmail

  1. Go to the login page for Otis Webmail.
  2. Click on the box that says "I want to change my password after logging on."
  3. Login with your username and password.
  4. In the next window, enter your old password once and your new password twice.
  5. You will receive confirmation that your password was changed.

Webmail change password screenshot    

Webmail enter new password screenshot

On an Otis Mac

  1. Click on the Apple menu button and choose System Preferences.
  2. Click on the Accounts icon. A new window will open.
  3. Click on the Change Password... button.
  4. Enter your old and new passwords into the appropriate boxes.
  5. Click Change Password to save your changes.

On an Otis PC

  1. Click and hold down the Ctrl - Alt - Delete keys.
  2. The Windows Security window will appear on top of the desktop background; nothing else will be visible.
  3. Click on the Change Password... button, located in the lower left corner of the Windows Security box.
  4. Check that your "User name" and "Log in to" boxes contain your Email Username and OTIS.
  5. Enter your old and new passwords into the appropriate boxes.
  6. Click the OK button to save these changes.

Via Webmail (Alternate method)

  1. Log into Otis Webmail.
  2. Click on the Options button (located either in the left-hand menu or top right corner). A page with the Out of Office Assistant will appear. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on the Change Password button. A small window, entitled Internet Service Manager, will pop-up.
  4. Type OTIS into the Domain box and your Email Username into the Account box. View a screenshot here. Enter your old and new passwords into the appropriate boxes.
  5. Click on the OK button to save these changes. The small window will close.
  6. Scroll up to the top of the page.
  7. Click on the Save and Close button.
  8. Log out of Otis Webmail.