Missouri State University

Password Complexity Requirements

The following rules and restrictions apply to passwords for your Missouri State computer accounts.

Password rules
  • The password is case-sensitive.
  • The minimum password length is eight characters.
  • The password must contain characters from at least three of the following character classes:
    1. Lowercase English characters a b c d e f g...
    2. Uppercase English characters A B C D E F G...
    3. Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
    4. Special characters ` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ * ( ) _ + - = { } | [ ] & \ : " ; ' < > ? , . /
Password restrictions
  • Cannot be the the same as your previous 2 passwords (including your current password)
  • The password can't contain any of the following items:

    • Your BearPass Login or E-mail. This restriction is not case-sensitive.
    • Your first or last name
  • Cannot end with a colon

Here are some examples of both valid and invalid passwords:

tacos
Invalid because it doesn't contain at least eight characters and it only contains lowercase characters.
tacosarefun
Invalid because it only contains lowercase characters.
ILikeTacos
Invalid because it only contains lowercase and uppercase characters (only 2 of the 4 character classes).
tacosare#1
Valid, since it contains lowercase characters, a special character, and a number (3 of the 4 character classes).
HoorayForTacos!
Valid, since it contains lowercase characters, uppercase characters, and a special character.
I love 79 cent tacos.
Valid, since it contains uppercase, lowercase, numeric, and special characters (the period). Passwords can contain spaces.