Student 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

  • Google Email

  • Blackboard

  • Banner Self-Service

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


Password Rule Set for Student Network Accounts

Beginning May 2019

Due to increased cybercrime, phishing, and malware, IT is improving the security on GVSU network passwords by increasing the minimum required characters to 16. Upon receiving notice that your network account is going to expire, you will be required to change your password according to the rules below.

Your network password (including Gmail) will require:

  • A minimum of 16 characters and a maximum 50.

  • Spaces allowed.

  • No complexity required, however, using different character sets increases the password strength (uppercase, numbers and special characters).

  • Special characters allowed: ~ % ^ * _ -  | { } [ ] : ' .

  • Passphrases are recommended.  See Setting Strong Passwords.

  • Your new password will need to be reset every 18 months.

NOTE: If you have a mobile device that accesses email and/or WiFi (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android smartphone, 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.