Password Expiration Time Decreasing

If you read our IR Update that is sent out to all Faculty and Staff at the beginning of each month, you will have noticed in the August 2009 edition that we will be changing the length of time for password expiration from 1 year to 180 days (6 months). Here is an excerpt from the IR Update:

PINs and Passwords

Passwords: The campus expiration for passwords has been 365 days for Windows and Macintoshes. On Nell, the expiration has been only 90 days. Auditors have alerted us that since so many administrative duties are now accessible within SamMenu and SamWeb, the Windows password expiration has to be shortened.

We know that every three months just feels too frequent, so we negotiated a compromise of 180 days.

  • You can reset your password when logged in on a campus PC. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL and then Change Password.
  • You can reset your password from SamWeb. Select Computer Services, then Account Password Change.
  • You can reset your password in Outlook Web Access. Click Options, then Change Password.


Starting on September 1st, we are going to begin slowly working our way through accounts to implement the new password expiration policy. This will be a phased approach, so we will decrease the time by one week every week. 9/1 the expiration time will be set to 358 days. 9/8 the expiration time will be set to 351 days. 9/15 the expiration time will be set to 344 days, and so on until we reach 180 days.

Email reminders will continue to be sent during this time so that you should not be caught without notice that you need to reset your password.

Author: lucrecia chandler

Cherwell, Communications, and Training Manager for IT@Sam