Pace Computing Resources & Utilities

Password Complexity Guidelines

Your MyPace password gives you access to almost every IT resource at Pace, including very important personal information through the Portal. For this reason, it is important to choose a password that will not only be easy for you to remember, but also hard for others to guess.

We have certain requirements for the password in order to help guide you in creating a complex, secure password, but you must also put some thought into creating the password.

Faculty and Staff Password Rules

Student Password Rules

Your password...

  • must not contain more than 3 consecutive characters of your first name, last name, or username
  • must be 12 or more characters long.
  • must contain at least one character from three of these four categories:
    • UPPERcase characters (A, B, C, ...)
    • lowercase character (a, b, c, ...)
    • numbers (1, 2, 3, ...)
    • special characters (! * + - / : ? _ # $)
    (i.e. must have at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number)
  • must not be one that you have recently used
    (you cannot use one of your last 4 passwords)
  • cannot be changed more than once every 24 hours

Your password...

  • must not contain more than 3 consecutive characters of your first name, last name, or username
  • must be 8 or more characters long.
  • must contain at least one character from three of these four categories:
    • UPPERcase characters (A, B, C, ...)
    • lowercase character (a, b, c, ...)
    • numbers (1, 2, 3, ...)
    • special characters (! * + - / : ? _ # $)
    (i.e. must have at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number)
  • must not be one that you have recently used
    (you cannot use one of your last 4 passwords)
  • cannot be changed more than once every 24 hours

Some useful hints for selecting a password: