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UM Password Change


What password am I changing here…? [+]

Your UM password:

  • For PC users, this is the password you use to login to your computer every morning.

  • For Mac users, this is the password you use to login to your email.

    ADMIN (aka SIS, Plus, Reflections, etc.) passwords are not affected when you change
    your UM Network password.


I Forgot My Password

Click here to go to the UM password set/reset page


I Know My Password and Want To Change It



  • If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, press <Ctrl-Alt-Del> and choose “Change Password”.
    Be sure to logoff your computer after you change your password. (Here’s how…) [+]


  • Save your work

  • Click Start then Log Off, then Log Off again.

  • (Alternatively, you may need to click Start then Shut Down, then choose Log Off then OK.)

  • Log back on with your new password.


  • Mac users do not need to logoff after changing their passwords.

  • Just be sure to close Entourage before you change your password.

  • When you next run Entourage, it will prompt you for your new password.

  • If you are using a Mac, use the Off Campus method Below.


Click Here to Change your password

To view tips on choosing a password [+]


Your password should be easy for you to remember, but hard for someone else to guess.

These two goals are not always easy to achieve simultaneously.

The following procedure may help you develop strong passwords you can remember.

  1. Think of a favorite quote, phrase or song lyric. For example, “Four score and seven years ago…”.

  2. Take the first syllable from each word of your quote: “Four Score And Seven Years Ago” becomes “fsasya”.

  3. Take your new “word” and capitalize some of the letters: fSaSya.

  4. Add at least one numeral and/or special character:  fSaSya7!

  5. Make sure the final password is at least 8 characters long.

To view password requirements [+]



UM Network Passwords must conform to the following standard:

  1. Passwords must be at least eight (8) characters long

  2. New passwords should not be similar to old passwords

  3. Your password may not contain your username or name

  4. Passwords must contain characters from at least three (3) of the following four (4) categories:

  • Uppercase Letters (A - Z)

  • Lowercase Letters (a - z)

  • Numerals (0 - 9)

  • Special Characters (Do Not Use "@")(for example: !#$%)


Please contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 205-665-6520 for assistance.