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Update Instructions

To change or enter your name as you would like it to be displayed in University systems, follow the steps below. To learn more about how to use the different name fields, whom to contact for support and more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Instructions for Everyone

Updating NUValidate: 

  1. Navigate to and sign in with your NetID and password.
  2. Click the “Edit Online Directory Information” tile on the homepage of NUValidate. 
  3. Find the Name fields and Pronoun single-select list. Here, you can edit your name and pronouns, then click “Submit” at the bottom of the screen to save.

Where will this information show up?

  • NUValidate 
  • myHR 

This will lead to corresponding changes within the following systems and services:  

  • RMS Mercury (Residential Services) 
  • Northwestern People Directory (name only; not displaying pronouns) 
  • Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive) (name only; not displaying pronouns) 
  • Google G Suite (name only; not displaying pronouns) 
  • Workforce Software (Timekeeping) (name only; not displaying pronouns)

Display names and pronouns will also be available in a new web service for other campus systems to consume and display.

Additional notes on display names

Display name is intended to be the name by which you would like to be known and will be shared via University systems. It can be your preferred or professional name, nickname or a replacement for a former/dead/unused name. Please keep the following in mind as you choose a display name:

Additional information via the Knowledge Base:

See the FAQs and additional resources sections for more information.