A unique Falcon Account username is assigned to every person who has a relationship with the University. Together with a password, this forms the Falcon Account credential that is the institutionally managed credential used for access to IT resources (for example: e-mail, calendar, D2L, student records, office workstations, lab computers). Each person must choose a password for their Falcon Account that meets the following minimum requirements:
Protect your Falcon Account password just as you would a credit card:
You are required to change your Falcon password at least once a year, but you may choose to change it more frequently. The Division of Technology Services (DoTS) will provide notification prior to password expiration. Once your password has expired, you will be required to change your password before accessing any IT service. This policy establishes the minimum requirements for a Falcon Account password. Individuals whose job duties require access to sensitive data or enhanced access rights will have stricter password requirements as outlined in the procedures document. DoTS will provide a secure process for resetting a forgotten password.
The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process. The Division of Technology Services is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy from the Division of Technology Services (DoTS) web site (http://www.uwrf.edu/dots/).
Other University departments and groups cannot create local policies or procedures that reduce the requirements stated in this policy. They may make stricter requirements if desired (for example, requiring all department employees to change their password every 30 days). If there is a conflict, this policy takes precedence.
Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.