Staff & Faculty Password Policy


In an effort to provide a more secure computing environment, ITServices has implemented a password security policy for staff and faculty.  The
following is a brief description of the password policy requirements:


Enforce password history                                              5 passwords remembered

Maximum password age                                                180 days

Minimum password age                                                 1 day

Minimum password length                                             8 characters

Strong passwords are required


(You may only change your password once a day and you may not reuse any of the last 5 passwords you used. You will be required to change your password every 180 days.)


Strong passwords must meet the following minimum requirements:



An example of a complex password is J*p2leO4-F


The simplest way to create a valid complex password is is to include at least 1 lowercase letter, at least 1 uppercase letter, and at least 1 number. Tha password must contain at least 8 characters.


Note:  The complex password requirements are enforced when passwords are changed or created.


Link to Password Tips and Examples


How to Change Your Password on Windows XP

How to Change Your Password on Windows 7

How to Change Your Password using OWA (Outlook Web App - Web Email)

How to Change Your Password on the web


Links to password generators. These sites will give you a strong password but it is up to you to make sure it still meets the university guidelines so it will work.


Account Lockout Policy




Best practices for account protection









Note: You are responsible for your user account. If your account is used in an inappropriate manner by you or others you will be held accountable.


(Updated 8/15/2011)