What is the BSU Password Policy? What are the Requirements for My Password?

Your Ball State Username and Password are used to access a variety of services (Email, MyBSU, Library Services, Campus Computers, Kronos, etc). Because of this, Ball State Information Security has set requirements for creating passwords. These requirements will help to protect your account from unauthorized access. The following must be met when creating or changing your password:

Valid passwords:

  • • must be 12 characters or longer
  •  must include 3 of the 4:  upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, symbols
  •  are case-sensitive
  •  required to be changed after one year and can NOT be a recently used password.
  •  must not include your first name, last name, or username

Beyond these requirements, Ball State makes additional recommendations to consider when creating passwords:

Do not use your name, birthday, title, phone number or anything else that could easily be associated with you. Do not use easily guessed passwords such as "password". Try not to use a one-word password that can be found in a dictionary. Don't use "keyboard runs" such as "qwerty" or "asdfghjkl".

Good passwords are one or more words (without spaces or punctuation) that contain misspellings and/or numbers.

The best passwords are those that are difficult to remember even if someone sees it written down. To make such a password memorable, try using the first letter of each word in a favorite phrase, song lyric, etc. A couple of examples follow:

"Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water" becomes "JajwUthtf@p0w".


To change your password or view additional information please visit the BSU Password Management Page.

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  • Date Created: 7/15/2013
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