Passwords are an important component of information and network security. Computer and network security has emerged as the predominant challenge for the information age. The use of a username and password combination serves to identify and authenticate a user to system resources and information assets. It is only through authenticated access that the University can be assured that systems and data are being used appropriately. Lewis University assigns a unique, unchangeable username to every user, but the password is user controlled. As such, passwords must be constructed, used and protected appropriately to ensure that the level of security they imply is actually met.
This policy describes Lewis University's requirements for password resets and acceptable password selection and maintenance. Its purpose is to reduce overall risk to the institution by helping computer users reasonably avoid security and privacy risks that result from the use of default and weak passwords.
This policy applies to all users of Lewis University-owned and maintained systems and Lewis University-provided IT services and resources. This includes, but is not limited to Lewis University faculty, staff and students. Resetting your network password will change your active directory authenticated passwords including passwords for network, E-Mail, Blackboard and myLewis Portal.
As a new member of the Lewis University community, you will receive information on how to access university resources for the first time with an assigned username and default password. After establishing your unique password per the password complexity guidelines below, you will be prompted to change your password every 180 days from the date your unique password was established, or from the date it was most recently reset. You will receive a message 14 days before your password expiration date reminding you to change your password before it expires.
You can have the ability to reset your own password, if forgotten, by registering and establishing your own unique responses to security questions at https://lewisu.okta.com/ . Please note you must first be able to log into this self-service password reset tool successfully to establish your security question responses before having the ability to use this self-service tool.
If you need assistance with your password or accessing university resources, please call the Service Desk at (815) 836-5950. Additional information will be requested to verify identification.