Password Rules

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Password Rules for Certain SIU Computer Systems


The Network ID password (which faculty, staff, and students need for logging into SalukiNet, the campus VPN, the residence halls RezNet, the Desire2Learn learning system, the File Share service, and certain other campus systems) must be between 16 and 255 characters in length.  It is recommended (though not required) that it contain upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and one or more special characters such as these:

~   !   +   -   {   }   [   ]   .   ?   *   _

Mac computer users may not be able to use the tilde character.  Spaces are now allowed in the password, and it can be in the form of a passphrase (a sequence of several words).  This password must be changed every 365 days (which you can do by logging into the Network ID Management System).  Previous passwords cannot be reused in the future.

If you forget this password, you can reset it by going to the Network ID Management System and clicking the "Forgot Password?" button (instead of logging in).  You will be asked to answer the security questions that you created when setting up your Network ID.  If you should fail to answer them correctly, you will need to go to the "SalukiTech" Help Desk (a.k.a. the Computer Support Center) – now in Morris Library room 161-A – with a photo ID to obtain a temporary password.  If that is not possible, follow these instructions.

Users have their SIU e-mail hosted on Office 365, and login to that system is via the Network ID and password.


The Banner password (which certain faculty and staff need for logging into some of the Banner Student Information Systems such as INB, e~Print, XTender, and WorkFlow) must be between 16 and 30 characters in length.  It is recommended (though not required) that it contain upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and one or more special characters such as these:

!   "   %   *   +   /   :   _

Special characters that are not allowed in the password include @ $ & ( ) , < > ` ; = # (nor are spaces allowed).  This password must be changed every 365 days (which you can do from within Banner INB).

Those staff members who are permitted to utliize Banner INB job submission will be further limited in which of the above special characters they can properly use (due to the manner in which job submission interacts with other Banner systems).  They should not use quotation marks or an asterisk in their passwords.

If you forget this password, you can reset it by going to this page.

Note:  Other Banner systems such as the Argos reporting system, the Bolt-on's, and AppWorx use the Network ID password rather than the Banner password.


The Human Resources Self-Service (HRSS) password (which employees and student workers must use to view their payslips) must be between 16 and 30 characters in length, with its construction as described in this document.  This password must be changed every 365 days (which you can do by logging into the HRSS).

If you forget this password, you can reset it by going to the HRSS login page and clicking on the "Login Assistance" link (instead of logging in).  You will be asked to provide your User Name (which is actually your Network ID) in order for instructions to be e-mailed to your SIU e-mail address.