New HCU Password Requirements

As of August 15th, 2014 HCU will be updating password standards for all users campus network login (aka HCU One Login).   Your HCU One Login and password act as your passport to the campus network and many university applications.  The new password standards will adhere to more complexity which improves overall information security.

The following new password requirements will apply:

  • Passwords must use at least 3 of the following 4 password characteristics:
    • Uppercase characters.
    • Lowercase characters.
    • Numbers (0 through 9).
    • Non-alphanumeric characters: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;”‘<>,.?/


  • Must be a minimum of 8 characters.


  • No spaces are allowed in passwords.


  • Passwords will expire every 120 days and you will be warned 2 weeks prior to expiration.


  • Passwords cannot be reused more than once every 4 changes.   So for a four month refresh cycle this means you cannot reuse your password more than once every year and a half.


  • As a general reminder it is not a good practice to use personal information as part of your password.  This means do not use things like birthdate, street address, family names (e.g.,  siblings/parents/children/pet), graduation year or other information easily found via public access or the Internet.


Example – This will no longer work:  Husky

Example – This works:  Husky2014

This example password uses 3 of 4 password characteristics (Upper, Lower, Number)

Example – This works better:  Hu$ky999

This is better because it uses all four (4) password characteristics and there isn’t a dictionary definable word embedded in it.