What a monumentally stupid university! They are just absolutely ensuring that their users will write it down, almost certainly somewhere stupid.
Whenever the subject of password strength arises here, I refer them to this:
Don't get me started on bloody stupid biometrics - they should never be used for anything but identification, never authentication. I haven't made any friends pissing on the parade of breathless tech junkies extolling the virtue of their super-secure fingerprint enabled phones. "But it HAS to be super secure, it's NEW and BIOMETRIC!"