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What are Algonquin College's minimum password rules?

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Article SummaryThis article explains the rules when creating a password for a college account. This article is intended for all students and staff at all campuses.

When changing your password, you must follow the rules listed below or your password choice will be rejected by the system. Note: You only have two college passwords; your network password and your ACSIS password. Your network password is used for every Algonquin College service aside from ACSIS. 

Rules for properly formatted secure passwords

  • It must be eight (8)  characters or more long.
  • It must contain at least 1 character from three (3) of the following four (4) categories:
    • English uppercase characters (A through Z)
    • English lowercase characters (a through z)
    • Numbers (0 through 9)
    • Non-alphabetic characters (for example !, $, #, %)
  • It can not contain more than two (2) consecutive characters from your account name or from your full name. For example Donna can use “do”, but not “don” in her password.

Some important things to remember about network account passwords:
  • You can only reset a password once every 24 hours.
  • Do not reuse old passwords.
  • Most network systems are case sensitive.
  • GeneSIS will not accept single quotes in the password, you will need to change your password to access GeneSIS in this case 





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