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Accounts & Passwords

Your Network Password 

NIU network passwords expire every 365 days and are used with your AccountID / Z-ID to access computing and communications resources at NIU.

Your Initial Password

Your date of birth in YYYYMmmDD format

  • Mmm is the first 3 letters of the Month
    • January = "Jan", February = "Feb", etc.
  • Example: January 1, 1993 = 1993Jan01

Your initial password is temporary. It allows 5 grace logins before it expires. Change it to a new password at

Building a Better Password

You can change your password at any time.

Password requirements

  • at least 10 characters
  • contain at least one character from at least three of the following four groups:
    • uppercase letters
    • lowercase letters
    • special characters like :-+,~`!@#$%^&*()=_'"{}[]|\?/:;><.
    • numbers
  • cannot be reused
  • cannot contain your AccountID/Z-ID or full name

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