The following policy is regarding the new minimum
password standards, password aging and history, and resetting of
password at Hostos Community College. The purpose
of this policy is to comply with City University of New York
regulations effective August 6, 2007. At the same time,
this policy reduces the security and privacy risks that result
from weak password selection by Hostos faculty, staff, and students.
Hostos Community College users
shall select passwords according to the following:
Password Minimum Length (new): A
password must be no fewer than eight (8) characters.
Information Technology recommends NOT to use your user ID,
first name, or your last name as your password. It is also
recommended that you use a password that contains a combination
of uppercase, lowercase and numeric characters.
Password Aging: Hostos Community
College computer users must change their passwords at least
every 90 days. Attempts to login using an expired password
will not succeed. After changing a password, a computer user must wait at least one day before changing his or her password
Password History: Reuse of any of the
account's five prior passwords will not be permitted.
Any user whose password does not
meet this requirement will result in a rejection while attempting to
change their password. Advance warnings of upcoming password
expiration will prompt the user five (5) days prior to expiration.
These repeated reminders will appear until the expiration date upon
which you will not be permitted to login until you have changed your
In case of incorrectly entering
your password for five (5) times, your account will be immediately
locked out. Your account will be unlocked after 15 minutes of wait
Use the Self Service Password
Management System (SSPM) reset password
tool if you forgot your password or if it has surpassed the maximum
age of 90 days (expired). Use SSPM to change your password during
the permissible time span (1-90days).
All users that need to change
their password, due to a forgotten password or password expired,
must reset their password using the Self Service Password
Management System (SSPM) or they have to
come to the Information Technology Department (Room B-425) and show
their Hostos ID in order to reset their password. Passwords will not be reset via telephone.
For Hostos remote sites (example:
CUNY in the Heights), if they need to change their password due to
forgotten password or password expired, they need to reset their
password using the Self Service Password management system (SSPM) or
have their Dean/Director/Chairperson call 718-518-6646.
In case that the user is outside
the campus, then the Dean/Director/Chairperson will need to come to
the Information Technology Department (Room B-425) and show their
Hostos ID. Updated list of Deans, Directors and Chairpersons will be
provided by Human Resources.
Last Updated: 3/11/13