Ship Password Policy

Strong passwords and periodic password changes are required in order to protect information stored on campus systems.

Password minimum requirements:

  • At least 8 characters in length
  • May not contain significant portions of your account name, first name, or last name
  • Changed only once within 24 hours
  • Changed at least once every 90 days
  • Contain characters from three of the following four categories:
    • English uppercase characters (A through Z)
    • English lowercase characters (a through z)
    • Numerics (0 through 9)
    • Special/non-alphabetic/non-numeric characters (!, #, %, space character, etc)
  • Not equal to any of your previous 3 passwords
  • A suggestion for easily creating a strong password is to think in terms of a passphrase or short sentence using punctuation. The examples below are easy to remember – but strong as well.  Obviously, you shouldn't use any of the passwords. Treat these examples as guidelines only!

    • Forget 7-layer cake!
    • I heart my pet
    • snowis4ME.
    • Not having cake. #sadness