Password Change Policy

OSC requires every HPC account password to be changed every 90 days. If the account password is not changed within the timeframe, the account will be locked and our staff will need to assist; please contact This policy affects all clients using OSC HPC production services.  

Please note that the password guidelines have been strengthened. As of June 16, 2015, the password guidelines are as follows:

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  1. Contains 3 of the 4 following character classes:
    - lower case letters
    - upper case letters
    - numbers
    - special characters (ie:!#$%&@"?'`()[]{}<>*=+_,./-\;-^~)
  2. Does not contain the username
  3. Does not contain your name
  4. Does not have any spaces or colons
  5. Is between 10 and 24 characters long
  6. Password has never been used before.
These changes have been implemented as a set of policies and procedures enacted to improve data security for regulatory compliance rules, such as HIPPA. 
Questions? Please see our password change policy FAQs.