This information is not completely up to date. (9 Dec 2010)
The tools now available to people who may try to break into our systems by defeating user passwords make it possible to defeat any password of less that 15 characters with a minimal investment of time and/or money. Technical explanation
Because all Carleton passwords protect confidential academic, personal, and/or financial data, we must maintain an appropriate level of security for these passwords. Requiring a 15 character limit provides a necessary minimal level of protection.
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