Password Management

Detailed instructions for changing your password are available online at the Purdue Calumet Knowledge Resource.  Questions or concerns should be directed to the Customer Service Center via the “Ask a Question” form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change my password?

For information about changing your Career Account (“single sign-on”) password on campus, please visit the Purdue Calumet Knowledge Resource, which provides detailed instructions including screenshots.


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Where should I change my password on campus?

Career account password changes can be made on campus, at a PC that is connected to the network (terminals that were formerly equipped with Novell Client software).  These terminals can be found in:

  • Faculty and staff offices
  • The main computer lab in the Powers building
  • The Gyte Learning Commons
  • Open Access workstations, located in most campus buildings
  • The Customer Service Center, located in Powers 216
  • Computer Operations, located in Powers 218

Do not attempt to change your password in a specialty lab, including Engineering (Potter Building) and CIT labs.

You may also change your password by visiting one of several available password management kiosks, which can be found in most university buildings (see complete list).  Kiosks are marked with signs that read “Get your PASSWORD here.”

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How can I change my password from an off-campus location?

Students: To change your Career Account password from an off-campus location, please visit [Opens in New Window]. You will need your PUID.

Faculty/Staff: To change your Career Account password from an off-campus location, please visit [Opens in New Window].


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What are the new password policies?

For reasons related to security, new passwords must meet an updated list of criteria.  The following password policies are now in effect:

  1. Passwords must contain at least 1 letter.
  2. Passwords must contain at least 1 number or punctuation mark.
  3. Passwords must be between 8 and 16 characters long.
  4. Passwords must contain more than 4 unique characters (unique characters are letters, numbers, or punctuation marks that are different from one another).
  5. Passwords must not include easily guessed words (e.g. Purdue, itap, boiler).
  6. Passwords must not contain your name or parts of your name (e.g. Bill, Julie, Bob, or Susan).
  7. New passwords must be different from previous passwords (re-use of the same password will not be allowed for one (1) year).

NOTE: Faculty and staff will continue to be required to reset their passwords every 30 days.  Students will be required to reset their passwords every 120 days, and will be prompted on campus workstations within 14 days of expiration.

Additional information, including a list of systems affected by this change, is available online at the Purdue Calumet Knowledge Resource.


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What is meant by password strength?

Password strength is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting fraudulent login attempts. The strength of a password is a function of length, complexity, and randomness; a password that includes each of these elements will be more effective in preventing guessing or “brute-force” attacks on your account.


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What will happen if I don’t change my password before it expires?

Students, faculty, and staff members who fail to change their passwords before expiration will be required to present their IDs at the Customer Service Center (Powers 216) to have their passwords reset.

After the initial reset, faculty and staff will need to continually update their passwords every 30 days, and students will be required to update theirs every 120 days.


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