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MyUW Madison - Update Name in Use (Preferred Name)
MyUW provides a central location for anyone with a UW-Madison NetID to update the name they want to display across most campus applications and systems.
Campus systems of record at UW-Madison, including the Student Information System (SIS) and the Human Resources System (HRS) display your primary/legal name in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Unless you set your Name in Use with the capitalization you want, your name will continue to display as your primary/legal name in campus applications in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
- Access the app
- Update name in use
- Policies and Restrictions
Anyone with a UW-Madison NetID can access the Name in Use app directly.
It can also be found in MyUW at my.wisc.edu with a keyword search in the search bar, or by selecting Browse apps under the hamburger menu in the upper left hand corner.
Click Change to create or edit an existing name in use. Alternatively, click Delete to remove an existing name in use.
- Enter your first, middle and/or last name in use into the corresponding text fields. Click Save.
After clicking Save, a "change pending" message will appear on the screen until the change or deletion has been completed.
You may only change capitalization, spacing, apostrophes, and hyphens in your last name in use.
You will receive an error message if you attempt other changes to your last name in use. See the Last Name Policy for more information and instructions on how to change your last name in use.
If you attempt to enter your name in use with characters other than a-z, you will receive an error message. At present, the Name in Use application can only accept a-z characters. Non-a-z characters result in errors to some downstream applications and reports that will consume your name in use. There is no workaround at this time, but MyUW is actively working with our campus partners to enable entry of your name as you want to be identified.
It may take up to 2 hours for your changes to appear in MyUW. Changes to other campus applications may take up to 48 hours, including the UW Directory and Office 365 email accounts.
Any active email@example.com email addresses based on your name will automatically update. You can verify these changes in Wisc Account Administration.
Your first and middle names in use can be different from your legal name. However, when updating your last name in use, only changes to capitalization, spacing, apostrophes or hyphens are allowed. Any other changes will result in an error message being displayed.
You must first change your legal last name in order to change your last Name in Use on campus.
- Legal last name changes should first be completed through the Social Security Administration.
- After changing your legal name, you may also request to change your NetID.
- Once your legal last name has changed and appears in the Name in Use app, you can proceed to edit your last name in use.
- If you follow these steps and experience a problem, please see MyUW Madison - Bug - Updating Name in Use After Legal Name Change for additional guidance.
Your primary/legal name may still appear alongside your name in use in some places, such as transcripts or diplomas. If you have any concerns about your primary/legal name appearing, or if you would like to hide your legal name from the campus directory, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any name in use that would be generally considered to be an attempt at misrepresentation or fraud, or interpreted as offensive, will be removed. Fraud and misrepresentation may also violate UW System Student Non-Academic Disciplinary Procedures.
For more details regarding student Name in Use on campus, please visit the Name in Use FAQ or contact the Office of the Registrar.
Employees can update their personal information using HRS Self Service. Faculty and staff who professionally use a different last name than their legal name (e.g. after taking a partner's last name) may continue to do so as an exception to this policy. Please contact the DoIT Help Desk or see Name in Use - Faculty Exceptions to the Last Name Policy.