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:

In general, your password must:

  • Be at least 12 characters in length
  • Include at least three of the four different types of characters (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols)
  • Be changed at least every 12 months. 
  • Not contain your first name, your middle name, your username, or your last name; any name shorter than three characters is not checked.
  • Not be one of the last four passwords you have used previously 

Note that if your account has special password requirements which differ from these rules, you will be shown those requirements when attempting to set your password.

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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