New User Guide

First Login

Initially when your account is first created, your password will be in the format: MMDDXXXX (where MM is your Birth-Month, DD is your Birthday, and XXXX is the last four digits of your student ID number). When you login for the first time, you will be asked to change your password.

Your new password must be at least 8 characters long. The password must contain three different classes (Upper letters, Lower letters, Numbers, and Punctuation marks). NOTE: Your Computer Science Username may be different from your Ryerson Username. Please make sure to use your CS Username in all Computer Science labs.

Changing Your Password

Department of Computer Science (DCS) passwords automatically expire after 6 months. You can also change it manually.

On Windows: Log in to Windows 7 machine and hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and then choose “Change Password”.

On Linux: Log in or ssh to any Linux servers, open a terminal and type ‘passwd’.

Should you encounter issues with the computing environment, send an e-mail to for assistance. A ticket will be created for your issue and the DCS system administrators will help you.


The information for this page was extracted from the DCS User Guide: