WSU Virtual Private Network

The Wayne State University Virtual Private Network (VPN) uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol (which provides secure communications on the internet and is found in standard web browsers) to allow access to WSU resources that are blocked by a firewall.
The SSL VPN provides a simple and secure method for accessing WSU resources normally restricted to on-campus use. This includes access to Banner, Cognos ReportNet and Windows file shares, and also relaying email directly through Wayne Connect - Powered by Microsoft (using Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook, for example).
The SSL VPN allows your computer to effectively and securely become part of the WSU network regardless of its location.

WSU Virtual Private Network

  • What is the WSU VPN?

    The Wayne State University Virtual Private Network allows access to WSU resources that are blocked by a firewall.

  • Who can use the VPN?

    Only Wayne State University students, faculty, and staff may use the VPN (Virtual Private Network). A WSU AccessID and password is required to log in. Learn more about the WSU VPN at

  • How do I install and connect to the PaloAlto GlobalProtect VPN?

    Follow the steps below to install and connect to the PaloAlto GlobalProtect VPN on your computer running Windows 10 or macOS 10.10+. If you are using a laptop with ChromeOS, follow the steps at

  • GlobalProtect stuck at connecting stage on MacOS

    There is a known issue on macOS devices when installing GlobalProtect. If your device is stuck in the Connecting phase, please follow these steps to resolve this issue.

  • FAQs about GlobalProtect VPN

    Review this entire FAQ to determine whether you need to use the VPN

  • What is the Remote Campus Connection VPN tool?

    WSU Remote Campus Connection (RCC) is a remote VPN work solution. RCC automatically establishes a VPN connection back to campus when a C&IT-supported computer detects that it is not on WSU's campus and remains connected until the computer detects...

  • How do I install PaloAlto GlobalProtect on ChromeOS?

    ChromeOS users will need to follow the steps below to install PaloAlto Global Protect:You must have your Duo Two-Factor settings configured to receive push notifications through Duo Mobile. Find those steps at

  • FAQs about Remote Desktop (RDP)

    Many Wayne State employees are trying to use this technology.  Please read this FAQ list carefully ... because you may not need to use RDP, and that will save you precious time and energy.

  • How do I install an update for Global Protect VPN client?

    Follow the directions below to install an update for Global Protect, the Wayne State VPN client. The client is usually automatically downloaded for Wayne State DeskTech customers, but manual updates may be necessary in certain circumstances. Connect ...