Connecting to SIS with Terminal (Macintosh)

The Terminal utility will allow you to access SIS from a computer running the Macintosh operating system using the most secure method available. Follow the instructions below to access SIS with the Terminal utility.

NOTE: If you are logging in from a laptop computer or from an off-campus location, you will need to download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client. The VPN, or Virtual Private Network, software will allow you to log into SIS from a remote location. You will need to log into VPN before connecting to SIS.

Accessing SIS with Terminal

    1. Open the Applications folder from your System Dock.
    2. Open the Utilities forlder.
    3. Click Terminal.
    4. Enter the following information: ssh (Substitute your own 7-digit payroll ID number for the number listed. Your SIS login is a lowercase “s” followed by your 7-digit Employee ID number.)
    5. Press RETURN.
    6. If this is the first you are connecting to SIS from this computer, you may see the following message:The authenticity of host ‘ (’ can’t be established.

      RSA key fingerprint is xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx.
      Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?

      If you see this message, type yes and press RETURN.


  • When prompted, enter your SIS password.
  • When prompted for Terminal Name, type VT100.NOTE: The terminal name is case sensitive and must be entered in all uppercase letters.

Getting Help

If you have questions or concerns regarding connecting to SIS with Terminal, please call User Coordination at 213-740-5337 or send an email to