Update password length to avoid a forced password reset in October

Avoid a forced password reset this October by making sure your password is at least 15 characters long

Buffalo State is implementing a new 15+ character requirement for Network passwords for enhanced security. Your network password is used to access campus computers, wireless and most of the campus’s online services (except for Banner and Student Gmail).

Faculty/staff have until Tues, October 15, and Students until Tues, October 29, to comply with this new standard and avoid temporarily losing access to their account. At that time, Information Technology Services (IT) will force a system-wide reset on any account that has a password shorter than fifteen characters.

If you haven’t done so already, complete these steps before the deadline to avoid losing access to your account:

STEP 1: Setup your password recovery options

See the article Setup your self-service password recovery options for detailed instructions.

STEP 2: Use the password recovery tool to create a new 15-character (minimum) password

  • Please Note: If you created a 15+ character password after May 20, 2019 you can skip this step.
  • Go to passwordreset.buffalostate.edu, enter your username followed by @buffalostate.edu, and enter the captcha. After verifying your account, you’ll be able to create your new password.


If you don’t complete these steps before the above deadlines, your password will be reset and you will temporarily lose access to e-mail (faculty/staff), Blackboard, Degree Works, campus computers and wireless. Unless you completed the registration process (step 1) and can perform a self-reset, your only option will be to contact the IT Help Desk during regular business hours to regain access to your account.



Article ID: 88137
Tue 10/1/19 2:10 PM
Sun 10/20/19 10:38 AM