Self-service site allows faculty, staff and students to pick preferred name

What’s in a name? For some, everything.

For several years, Pitt has allowed faculty, staff and students to select preferred first and middle names for use on University communications. But previously, the process involved contacting your department administrator or IT person.

Now the process is a little bit easier, with a self-service site. Detailed instructions on how to make changes to your preferred name, nickname and other contact information can be found on the Information Technology website.

The preferred name will be displayed in Pitt email, Find People, CourseWeb and the Student Information System.

Last names must remain the same as the full legal last name in the University records system.

There are circumstances in which a preferred name cannot be used, such as:

  • When the use of the legal name is required by University business or legal need.
  • When University information systems, databases and processes require the display of the legal name.

If your preferred name doesn’t display in Pitt Email within 48 hours, contact the 24/7 Help Desk or call 412 624-HELP (4357).