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COVID-19 Notice

Please be aware that COVID-19 has impacted many of the University's policies and procedures, and documentation may not all be up-to-date. Please use your best judgement when following directions in this KB article. As always, if you get stuck at any point during this KB article, please contact the VCEA IT Helpdesk for assistance.

The Basics

Do you know your EECS password?


Great! You should be able to reset your EECS password on your own.

You can change your password using a variety of methods:

COVID-19 Notice

Some normal password reset options are not available due to Coronavirus restrictions

  • Using EECS SSH servers
  • Using an EECS computer lab
  • Using your office desktop (for EECS faculty, staff, and grad students)

See the "Changing your password" section below for instructions on resetting your password.


You'll need to contact the VCEA IT Helpdesk for assistance. There is no way to reset a forgotten EECS password without Helpdesk support.

Changing your password

From EECS domain-joined Windows system

  1. Log into any Windows computer in the EECS Network using your EECS Account.
  2. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE then choose Change a password.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Congrats! You've successfully changed your password from an EECS domain-joined Windows system

Using EECS Linux servers (SSH servers)

Use a terminal of choice for your Operating System.
    Windows 10 - cmd.exe or powershell.exe 
    MacOs          - Terminal (search with the spotlight)
    Unix/Linux    - Terminal needs no introduction

Once a console is open proceed with the following:

  1. SSH into one of the available EECS SSH servers.

    Note: The password field will not echo output to the terminal. It is recommended to manually input the temporary password and NOT copy/paste it in.

  2. Use the passwd command to change your password once logged in.

    1. The new password must meet 3 of the 4 following critera:
      1. Uppercase Letters
      2. Lowercase Letters
      3. numbers
      4. special characters: i.e.: !@#$%^&*()-_=+ 
    2. The system remembers your most recent 6 passwords, you must pick a password you have never used before.
    3. Linux can be pretty picky about dictionary words, previous passwords, or using your username in your password.
  3. When successful you'll see the following output: passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.  You're done!

  4. Exit out of the SSH server, and reconnect.

Congrats! You've successfully changed your password from an EECS Linux system