Password Rules Summary

Expiration

Directory passwords are valid for up to 180 days.

Expired Passwords

If your password has expired, proceed to the password update page. When asked for your current password, supply your expired one.

Password Composition

  • A password must be at least 8 characters in length.
  • A password must contain:
    • at least one uppercase character
    • at least one lowercase character
    • at least one character that is either a digit or punctuation.
  • The space character counts as punctuation, however a password cannot begin or end with a space.
  • Passwords cannot contain the same character three or more times in a row.
  • Hackers utilize dictionaries to reduce the number of character combinations needed to guess a password. If a password is likely to be detected by a dictionary search (for instance a word followed by a digit), it will not be permitted.
  • Passphrases (passwords made up of multiple words separated by spaces or punctuation) are generally accepted. The maximum allowable length for a password/passphrase is 32 characters.