Password Rules

In November 2005, the Technology Advisory Council endorsed changes to our password rules in order to increase network and e-mail security. The new rule requires faculty and staff to use passwords that will be more difficult to guess, as summarized below:

  • Password length: Must be at least 8 characters
  • Password complexity: Requires any combination of three of the following four:
    • Uppercase letters (e.g., A,B,C)
    • Lowercase letters (e.g., a,b,c)
    • Numerals (e.g., 1,2,3)
    • Symbols (e.g., !,*,%)

In addition, passwords automatically expire every 180 days.

These rules apply for the passwords you use to log into the campus network (e.g., at your office workstation, at an ETC podium, or with your wireless device) or Exchange/Outlook.