Change Your NetID

Changing a NetID (e.g. ‘jdoe’ to ‘jsmith’) is strongly discouraged due to the effect on services/applications that use that value as the account name for each person (e.g. Google, PeopleAdmin). Normally, “changing” a NetID actually creates a new NetID for the same identity and preserves “old” one too. The person can then login with either NetID value with the same password, depending on which NetID(s) the service they are connecting to allows.

If specifically requested, the old NetID can be removed; however, the person risks:

  • “orphaning” data (under the old NetID) in services that cannot rename accounts, e.g. GoogleApps. Please be sure to move your Gmail and any GoogleDocs.
  • “orphaning” transactions (started under the old NetID), especially in services using workflow, e.g. Careers@USF, Blackboard.

Requests to change a NetID will also change corresponding Windows-ID. Requests for changes to one’s NetID are to be submitted to, including:

  1. Name-change in OASIS, if student, or GEMS, if employee
  2. Extraordinary circumstance

Acceptance of the responsibility for determining and coordinating any account changes in each of the USF services/applications accessed via the NetID value, e.g. Windows-Domain, MS-Exchange, GoogleApps, Parking. Failure to coordinate the change with a service-provider can lead to loss of access and/or data (associated with the previous NetID).

Allow 7-10 days for a response – either confirmation that the NetID was/will-be changed, or a rejection of the request.
NetID name changes may be approved but not done during peak processing times, as determined by the Identity and Access Management staff.