OU IT Password Policy Updates

OU.EDU Accounts
Change your password now: https://one.ou.edu/account/security

  • All password actions will take place in one.ou.edu (not accounts.ou.edu).
  • Previous passwords will be set to expire before the end of 2021.
  • Users that change their passwords now will not have to change again for 365 days.
  • Users who choose not to change their passwords in advance will receive password expiration notices during November-December of 2021. These emails will come from ouit@ou.edu with the subject: “Your OUNetID Password Is Set to Expire.”


OUHSC.EDU Accounts
Change your password now: https://www.ouhsc.edu/password

  • New requirements go into effect September 30th, 2021.
  • User passwords will be subject to the new policy standard when their current 90-day period expires.
  • New passwords will not have to change again for 365 days.


Updated University Password Policy
OU IT is implementing a new University-wide Password Policy for 2021 that aligns OU user password requirements with industry standards for increased cybersecurity. The purpose of this policy is to establish guidance regarding the creation and management of OU accounts to protect the security of the network, protect data integrity, and protect information systems.

The updated OU IT Password Policy was approved in 2020 after collecting feedback from OU and OUHSC faculty and staff through the IT Policy, Standard, & Procedure (PSP) Program. For more information on OU IT's commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to develop IT policies and standards, please visit https://www.ou.edu/ouit/cybersecurity/policies.


OU.EDU and OUHSC.EDU Staff, Faculty, Student, and Sponsored Accounts
All current and new accounts will be subject to new password requirements.

New Password Requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 characters
  • Must contain at least one upper AND lowercase letter
  • Must contain at least one numeral OR one symbol
  • Must be changed at least every 365 days
  • Cannot be the same as your previous six passwords
  • Cannot contain the words boomer, sooner, qwerty, or password
  • Cannot contain your name or OUNet ID (ex. Jane Doe would not be able to use "jane", "doe" or doe0023)

For recommendations and guidelines, please see “How do I create a strong password?”.


Special Account Requests
For legacy systems and special circumstances that require 8-character passwords, please use the IT service catalog to request an 8-character password. Please note that 8-character passwords must be changed every 90 days.


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