Your ePantherID and password are your credentials to access many services at UWM, as well as protect your private information and data from access by others. Read onward for further useful information but the following are links for changing a known password or a forgotten password, also referenced in the Quick Links on the side on other IAM pages.

UW System Administrative Policy 1030 requires that all electronic passwords for campus services be expired after 365 days. Please keep in mind – moving forward you may change your password at any time if needed, but you are required to change it every 365 days. You may check the status of your password expiration at any time.

It is important that you develop a password that’s hard to guess, but easy for you to remember. You must use at least fourteen (14) and up to thirty-two (32) characters, including spaces. You may use a sentence. Do not use your name, variations of your name, street or email address, or other sequences of characters that are easy for someone to know or obtain. Again, your password is case sensitive and you may:

  • Use fourteen (14) or more characters, but
  • Not more than thirty-two (32) characters.
  • Mix UPPER CASE, lower case, numbers, and symbols to increase your password strength score.
  • Not use double-quote (“), backslash (\), or unprintable characters other than spaces.
  • Not begin or end your password with a SPACE.

Remember your ePantherID and password, but do not write them down. They provide secure access to IT services at UWM and it is your responsibility to protect them.

Potential new passwords will be checked for “guessability” as you type, and a score from Very Weak to Very Strong-computed.  Passwords must be judged “Strong” or better to be acceptable.

More Tips for Picking and Protecting your Password


  • Change your password on a recurring basis.
  • Select a unique password for UWM use only; do NOT use a password in use for other services.
  • Always use the “log out” feature (if the service provides one) when you are finishing using a service.
  • Close all browser windows before you walk away from a computer.


  • Write down your password.
  • Tell anyone your password not even trusted family members, your professor, your supervisor or computer support staff.

For security reasons, you should not save your ePantherID password in applications or Web browsers. This prevents unauthorized users from using your credentials to access the network or ePanther services. In addition, you won’t have to update your password in those applications when you change it.