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Password Standards for UWGB

This document describes what password standards we enforce on campus.

In order to protect individual and University information and resources, the Technology Council recently adopted more rigorous standards for network account passwords. These standards will help ensure that the university network and data on campus computers are secure. The following standards for new passwords are effective as of April 1, 2011.

Passwords must:
  • be a minimum of ten (10) characters in length.
  • be memorized; if a password is written down it must be stored securely.
  • contain at least one (1) character from three (3) of the following categories:
    • Uppercase letter (A-Z)
    • Lowercase letter (a-z)
    • Digit (0-9)
    • Printable special characters (~`!@#$%^&*()+=_ {}[]\|:;”’/?<>,.)
  • be private and not shared with anyone.
  • not contain your proper name or username.
  • be changed at least every six months.
  • not be reused for at least ten password changes.

Implementation of New Standards

New password standards will be implemented according to the following schedule. This approach should cause the least disruption to users and allow help desk staff to effectively assist with any issues.

  • As of April 1, 2011, the improved password standards will go into effect for all new passwords that are created. Any existing passwords will not be affected until their normal expiration date.
  • Users will be notified via email two weeks before their passwords are due to expire, with daily notifications thereafter. In addition, pop-up notifications will appear on campus Windows PC beginning two weeks prior to the password expiration date.

What will Happen if my Password Should Expire?

The following describes how expired passwords will be handled.

  • If you attempt to log into a campus Windows PCs and your password has expired, you will be prompted with a dialog box that will allow you to change your password. You must provide your old password in the process.
  • Students may use the Online Password Reset web page to change their password. You must provide your 9-digit Campus ID, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your birthdate. (This online password reset function is currently not available for faculty and staff. ) Students on campus can also approach the General Access lab consultants and present a picture ID to have their passwords reset. Students who are having difficulty changing their password should call the CIT Help Desk at (920) 465-2309 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Faculty, staff, or students may come to the CIT Help Desk in IS 1150 and show identification to have their password reset.
  • Faculty and staff who are away from campus must contact the CIT Help Desk if their password has expired. Individuals not able to provide this personal information will need to contact their department director or chair to assist in verifying their identity.


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Keywords:Password Standards, passwords, password, password restrictions, pswd   Doc ID:20634
Owner:Kevin B.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2011-10-13 07:55 CDTUpdated:2018-01-02 17:14 CDT
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