Password Policy

To comply with UW System Policy 1030 Authentication and 1030.A Authentication Procedure our password requirements are:
  • Minimum length of 14 characters
  • Mix of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters
  • Must be changed at least every 180 days
  • Cannot be any of your last 24 passwords
  • Must not be a single dictionary word or a previously breached password (i.e. a password made public as part of a Cyber Security Breach)
If you go above 20 characters and create a passphrase we will remove the complexity requirements but only if you reset your password through our self service password software.  Age, dictionary and breach check remain in effect.

UWGB Password and Passphrase Infographic

New password/passphrase requirements

Passwords must have a mix of uppercase adn lowercase letters, at least one number, and one special character. You may not use the same character more than 2 times in a row, it can not contain any part of your username, it must not be a dictionary word, or a privously breached password(i.e. released as part of a public breach: Linkedln, Adobe, MySpace, Online Spambot, etc.)

Passphrases are 20 or more characters and have no complexity requirements, but will be checked against teh breached password list.

Passwords and Passphrases must be changed at least every 180 days and can not be the same as any of your previous 24 passwords per UW System Policy 1030 Authentication.

UW System Policy 1030
UW System Procedure 1030.A