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Requesting a Different UBITName

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff

Last Updated: July 13, 2018

Learn how to request a different UBITName.

Who Is Eligible

You are eligible to receive a different UBITName if any of these is true:

  • You legally changed your name, and it has been processed by the appropriate UB administrative office and updated in the University Online Directory
  • Students can choose to use a name other than a legal name and note there are some areas where a legal name is mandatory. Students: enter your preferred name through HUB
  • The automatically created UBITName is agreed to be obscene or offensive.
  • You are newly appointed faculty or staff and the automatically created UBITName differs from your identity at a former institution or professional field, or is confusing to others.

See the UBITName Account Policy for more details about who may request a different UBITName.

See the Student Preferred Name Policy for more details about using a preferred name.

Step 1: Request a Different UBITName


  • The reason you are requesting a different UBITName
  • The UBITName you would like:
    • 2-8 characters in length
    • Cannot contain special characters (such as * or - or _)
    • Cannot begin with a numeric character

Step 2: Activate Your New UBITName

 If your request is approved, activate your UBITName and begin using it.

Step 3: Transition to Your New UBITName

Both your old and new UBITName will remain active for up to 30 days. During that time you must:

  • Arrange for departmental changes
    • Students: Notify your professors and department that your UBITName has changed
    • Faculty and Staff: Notify your departmental IT Staff that you are changing your UBITName. 
  • Copy email messages, contacts and files from your old UBITName email mailbox, UBbox and UBfs space to your new UBITName email mailbox, UBbox and UBfs space. The old UBITName mailbox, UBbox and UBfs space will be deleted when your new UBITName is made permanent.
  • Share your new email address with others.
  • If you are a member of a listserv email address, you must log into the listserv Web interface and subscribe to the listserv with your new UBITName before you unsubscribe your old UBITName.

Step 4: Make Your New UBITName Permanent

Send email to the UBIT Help Center from your new UBITName asking to remove your old UBITName and make your new UBITName permanent.

Once your request is processed, your old UBITName will be deleted and its remaining contents will no longer be accessible. Email sent to it will be returned to the sender as undeliverable.

If you do not request to make your new UBITName permanent within 30 days of it being created, your new UBITName may be deactivated. Contact the UBIT Help Center if you need additional time to transition to your new UBITName. 

Common Questions

How do I change my information in the UB Online Directory?

Your UBITName and entry in the UB Online Directory are based on institutional data. If you had an official name change:

The UB Online Directory does not currently allow for the use of a preferred name.

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Still need help?

Contact the UBIT Help Center.