Changing Your Uniqname

Your uniqname is used for access to multiple systems at U-M, so changing it can be time-consuming, particularly if you have administrative or elevated access to data or systems. Please consider carefully if you are contemplating a uniqname change and plan ahead to minimize disruption.

During processing of a uniqname change, you may lose access to some systems for up to five business days.

Fill out and submit the Uniqname Change Application to request a uniqname change. The ITS Service Center will work with you to schedule a time for making the change that will cause you the least disruption. You will need to be logged out of your U-M Google account when the uniqname change is made.

The Service Center can change your uniqname and update your access to services provided by ITS. You will need to contact your departmental IT staff to update your access to departmental services that use your uniqname. You willl also need to update other services for which you use your U-M email address.

Uniqname Change Guidelines

ITS will change your uniqname for reasons such as misspellings, legal name changes, marriage, divorce, harassment, or if your originally selected uniqname contains profanity. If your name has changed, be sure to first register the name change with the Office of the Registrar (for students), Human Resources (for faculty and staff), or the Alumni Records Office (for alumni).

Your new uniqname must meet the following conditions:

  • It must be three to eight characters (lowercase alphabetical characters only) in length.
  • It must be based on a combination of your first, middle, and last names (either your preferred or legal name), except in cases of harassment, for which special rules apply.
  • It cannot be a uniqname previously used by another person.

What the Service Center Can Change for You

  • Your old uniqname will be deactivated and replaced with your new one.
  • Your U-M Google account will change from your old to your new uniqname. You should be logged out of your account when the uniqname change is made. Be aware that you may not be able to use Google chat for up to three days after a uniqname change.
  • The Service Center can change your old uniqname to your new one for access to services such as MWireless, Wolverine Access, the Login Service, Campus Computing Sites, printing in Sites, MiWorkspace, and others provided by ITS that you are eligible to use. Your old uniqname will no longer allow access once the change is made.
  • Your MCommunity Directory profile will reflect your new uniqname, as will your membership in all MCommunity groups.
  • Your AFS home directory name will be changed, and any existing access permissions will be transferred to your new uniqname/home directory name.
  • If you have special access to data in Wolverine Access, be sure to let the Service Center know. Be aware that access to such things as Business Objects requires deletion of the account associated with your current uniqname and creation of a new account. Any Favorites you have created will be lost.
  • Your old uniqname will be archived so that it cannot be reassigned in the future.

Other Changes You Need to Request or Handle Yourself

  • Reset your UMICH (Level-1) password. When your uniqname is changed, your UMICH password will be automatically set to something random. If you have set security questions for yourself in UMICH Account Management, you will be able to reset it yourself. If not, you will need to ask the Service Center to reset it for you. See Forgot Your Password? for details.
  • Health System access. If you use the email and calendar service provided by the U-M Health System—or any other Health System service that uses your uniqname—you will need to contact Health Information Technology & Services and work with them to update your access to the services they provide.
  • Departmental services. If you use your uniqname or email address to access services provided by your school, college, department, or unit, contact your local IT staff to arrange to have your access updated if needed.
  • Inform your email correspondents. Your uniqname is part of your email address (uniqname@umich.edu), and your old address will no longer work. Mail sent to that address will bounce back to the sender with the message that the user does not exist. You will need to inform all those who routinely send you email that your address has changed. Students, be sure to notify your instructors. Faculty and staff, be sure to notify colleagues who work closely with you.
  • Reconfigure devices that save your login information. For example, you may need to update your wireless login information or email login on your laptop or mobile device.
  • Update your subscriptions to any non-MCommunity email lists you are on. If you have subscribed to any non-MCommunity email lists with your uniqname@umich.edu address, you will need to update your subscription with your new email address.
  • Update services where your email address is your login ID. If you use your email address as a login for a service (for example, iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, banking, bill payment, and so on), you will need to update it.
    Security Tip: It is okay to use your U-M email address as a login ID for online services, but do not use your UMICH password for non-UMICH services.
  • Update references to your email address. If you have an email signature file that includes your email address or your email address is listed on web pages, business cards, or other materials, you will need to update those.