Specifying Your Preferred Name

Unless noted, setting your Preferred First Name in myJH will set either a preferred name field or overwrite a first name field in downstream systems. Allow at least 24 hours for changes to myJH to propagate to other systems.

See the instructions below for specifying your preferred name in common JHU systems. For all other systems that support a preferred name or changing a first name, look for a settings, preferences, profile or tools section to specify your name, or contact the group that supports that system.

myJH Portal/JHED

The myJH portal contains two fields related to preferred names. They differ in how information is sent to other JHU systems. We recommend you use both fields.

Preferred First Name

Preferred First Name is available to more systems compared to Preferred Full Name.

  • If Preferred Full Name is not specified, Preferred First Name is used in combination with your last name for: myJH portal search, Global Address Book, Outlook/Exchange and Office 365.
  • Preferred First Name is available to other JHU systems.

To set Preferred First Name in the myJH portal:

  1. Go to my.jhu.edu.
  2. Go to “myProfile”.
  3. Enter your preferred first name in the “Preferred First Name” field. The name you enter in this field should only be a preferred first name and not a full name.
  4. Specify who is able to see this name via directory searches. Note this setting does not restrict sending your preferred name to another JHU system.
  5. Click “Save myProfile” to save your changes.

Preferred Full Name

  • Preferred Full Name is used in myJH portal searches and display, Global Address Book, Outlook/Exchange and Office 365. When specified, Preferred Full Name will supersede Preferred First Name only in these applications and directories. Preferred Full Name is not available to any other JHU system.
  • Preferred Full Name can be used to differentiate your information where people may confuse you with others having the same name. You may include middle additional names and other identifying information. Example: Jane Smith (BME)

To set Preferred Full Name in the myJH portal:

  1. Go to my.jhu.edu.
  2. Go to “myProfile”.
  3. Enter your preferred full name in the “Preferred Full Name” field. You should enter a full name in this field.
  4. Specify who is able to see this name via directory searches.
  5. Click “Save myProfile” to save your changes.

SIS

  1. Go to sis.jhu.edu/.
  2. Go to Personal Info -> Summary.
  3. Click “Edit” next to the Preferred Name field.
  4. Enter your preferred name.
  5. Click “Save”.

J-Card

Visit the local J-Card office for your school to request a new card with your preferred name.

Enterprise Mailing List Server

  1. Go to lists.johnshopkins.edu.
  2. Click the small “LOGIN” link in upper right.
  3. Use your JHED information to sign in.
  4. Once logged in, click the “Your preferences” link in the middle of the top black bar.
  5. Update your name in the “Name” field and click “Submit”.