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Originally Issued: May 2013

Statement of Purpose

  • Ensure that access to university systems is consistent with security best practices.

  • Establish minimum standards for passwords.

  • Ensure that all users are aware of their responsibilities in effective password management.

Entities Affected by this Policy

Entities affected by this policy include all UNLV academic and administrative offices and all UNLV students, employees, and anyone who accesses university systems.

Who Should Read this Policy

UNLV students, employees, and anyone who accesses university systems should read this policy.


Passwords used to access university systems must meet the criteria established in the Office of Information Technology guidelines for passwords. Passwords must be changed at least annually to minimize unauthorized access to university systems. Passwords must not be shared, except for approved exceptions.

Refer to the Office of Information Technology Policies and Procedures for the password guidelines and additional information, including how to request an exception to this policy.


Refer to the Office of Information Technology for a list of individuals who can answer questions about the policy.


University Systems

Applications, devices, and/or networks. Please, refer to the procedures for a more precise definition of devices.