Password Expiration Details

All VSC passwords expire!

If you do not reset your password before it expires you will need to reset your password to regain access to your account. We have email notifications set up to help you remember.

How long it takes for your password depends on your role

  • Students – every 240 days.
  • Faculty – every 120 days.
  • Staff – every 90-120 days.

Password expiration emails

Password expiry notification emails are sent to your VSC email address.  Password expiration email notifications are sent at the following intervals before your password expires.

Decorative Lock Image
  • 30 days
  • 15 days
  • 7 days
  • 6 days
  • 5 days
  • 4 days
  • 3 days
  • 2 days
  • 1 days

Why is Password Expiration Important?

  1. Security Enhancement: Password expiration helps protect your account and sensitive information from potential threats. Regularly changing your password reduces the likelihood of someone guessing, cracking, or otherwise obtaining your password through unauthorized means.
  2. Mitigating Password Reuse: Many people tend to reuse passwords across different accounts, which can be dangerous if one of those accounts is compromised. Password expiration encourages users to create unique passwords for each service they use, reducing the risk of password reuse and minimizing the impact of a potential breach.
  3. Detection of Compromised Accounts: If your account has been compromised without your knowledge, regular password changes can help detect unauthorized access. If you receive a notification or encounter issues while changing your password, it may indicate that your account has been compromised, prompting you to take appropriate action.

Best Practices

  1. Use Strong Passwords: When creating a new password, ensure it is complex, unique, and difficult to guess. Include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Avoid using easily guessable information such as names, birthdates, or common dictionary words.
  2. Avoid Sequential Changes: Don’t rely on predictable patterns when changing your password. For example, using a password like “Password1” and simply incrementing the number with each change (e.g., “Password2,” “Password3”) is not secure. Always create new, unique passwords.
  3. Remember Password Hygiene: Even if password expiration is enforced, it’s crucial to practice good password hygiene. Avoid sharing your password with others, never write it down or store it in an unsecured manner, and be cautious when entering your password on public or shared devices.

Having trouble?

If you encounter any difficulties or have specific questions regarding password expiration on a particular platform, please reach out to the Shared Services HelpDesk for further assistance.

Remember, maintaining strong and unique passwords, coupled with regular changes, is essential for safeguarding your personal information and VSC accounts. Stay vigilant and prioritize your online security!

For more information visit the VSC Accounts and Passwords support page.

Providing support for the community