Password policy

Password policy

The College maintains a policy of periodic password expiration in order to adhere to regulatory, audit, and security requirements. It is important to have strong password requirements and policies in place to protect access to College information and ensure that the integrity of password security is maintained over time.

Password requirements

All passwords must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Passwords expire after 180 days.
  2. Passwords must contain a minimum of 8 characters.
  3. Passwords cannot contain all, or part, of the user’s account name.
  4. Passwords must contain characters from 3 of the 4 following categories:
    • Upper case letters (A–Z)
    • Lower case letters (a–z)
    • Numeric digits (0–9)
    • Non-alphanumeric symbols (e.g., /&$#%)
How do I change my password?

To change your password at any time, or after you receive notification of an expiring password, navigate to the Change Password web page.

If you require additional instructions, please refer to the Student password help resources or Staff password help resources web pages.

NOTE: If you’ve explored the password self‑help resources above and are still having difficulty changing your password, please have someone submit a Case Log on your behalf to receive assistance from IT Solutions.
Laptop user passwords

If you changed your password on a College‑issued laptop at an off‑site location or not on the College’s wired network, you can update your locally stored password in one of the following two ways:

  • Connect your laptop to the College’s wired network to automatically update your locally stored password. or
  • Log on to your laptop using your old password, connect to the College’s VPN network, lock your laptop using ctrl‑alt‑delete, click Lock, and then unlock your laptop using your new password.
Forgotten user name or password

If you’ve forgotten your user name or password, refer to the Password Reset and Unknown Account Retrieval page to retrieve your information.

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