Improved security for passwords at UCO

To enhance security all UCO faculty, students and staff will be required to change their UCONNECT and, if applicable, network/computer password every 90 days. 

You may change your password at any time, but if 90 days pass since it was last changed, you will be prompted to change it.  This will be enforced by using a new alert mechanism on the Home tab of UCONNECT.

What Are Strong Passwords?

Why Is This Necessary?

Where Can I Find Out More?

What Are Strong Passwords?

Strong Passwords should follow these rules:

  • 8 - 12 characters in length
  • Must contain alpha and numeric characters, a - z (case sensitive), 0 - 9
  • Must contain at least 1 alpha character, a - z, A-Z
  • Must contain at least 1 numeric character, 0 - 9
  • Must NOT contain special characters, such as @, #, $, %, *, &, (, ), etc.

Should you need to change your password, please use the online self-service password change utility. Please contact Service Desk for assistance.

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Why Is This Necessary?

The university has implemented these changes to help protect your personal information. However, under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA as it is often called, the U.S. Department of Education is also strongly recommending institutions of higher education implement strengthened policies and regulations regarding passwords.

After extensive research on technology "best practices" and "standards" among our peer institutions, Central's Office of Information Technology determined that changing passwords every 90-days was the best solution for the campus community, at this time, to meet FERPA recommendations.  As technology advances and new information becomes available, we will review and adjust our policy, as needed, to best ensure the protection of your information.

For your convenience we have implemented an online Self-Service Password Reset Tool.  This will eliminate the need for Service Desk involvement when resetting passwords.  This allows the control of your password to be placed in your hands. Your default password will no longer be crafted by information that can easily be gathered from public Facebook information.

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Where Can I Learn More About Strong Passwords?

For more information about standards, recommendations and other issues related to changing online passwords, please visit the Cyber Security passwords page.  

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