Faculty & Staff Network Passwords

Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are needed to protect your GVSU and personal data. Our goal is to help you find ways to establish strong passwords and remove the "painful" thoughts that most have when they are asked to remember one or more complex passwords.

At GVSU we have multiple password requirements based on the application you may use. Where applicable, we do allow you to use the same password to make this process easier. The following applications may use the same password for access at GVSU:

  • Network Access

  • Outlook Email

  • Banner INB

  • Banner Self-Service

  • Onbase

Check out our Password Creation Do’s and Don'ts.

Password Rule Set for Faculty & Staff Network Accounts

Due to increased cybercrime, phishing, and malware, IT is improving the security on GVSU network passwords by increasing the minimum required characters to 12. Best practices and security audits also support this decision and will result in stronger passwords to protect GVSU data. Upon receiving notice that your network account is going to expire, you will be required to change your password according to the rules below.

Password rules:

  • Passwords for your GVSU network account expire every 180 days, will require at least 12 characters, and must contain characters from three of the following categories

    • 1. Uppercase characters of European languages(A-Z)

    • 2. Lowercase characters of European languages(a-z)

    • 3. Base 10 digit(s) (0-9)

    • 4. Non Alphanumeric characters: ~ % ^ * _ - | { } [ ] : ' .

  • Passwords may not contain the user name or network account name

  • The system will remember the last 13 passwords and not allow re-use of those passwords

  • You may change your password multiple times without restrictions within the 180 days

  • DO NOT use spaces. Subsystems do not currently allow for spaces in passwords.

NOTE: If you have a mobile device that accesses email and/or WiFi (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphone, non-GVSU personal computer, etc.), please be aware that the password must be changed on that device as well (possibly in two places: email and WiFi). If you do not change the password on the mobile device, it may lock you out of your account.