Name Changes for PennKey

If you already have a PennKey and wish to change it, the University requires that you meet at least one of the following criteria. 

  • You have legally changed your name
    • If this is your situation, please start by updating your official University record through your Program Office
  • Your PennName is judged offensive to the Penn Community
  • You are being harassed or threatened through email.

If you meet these criteria, please contact the PDM Service Desk explaining your situation.

If you do not meet these criteria, you are not eligible for a name change.  The rules on this are quite strict; please see the University's policy on this at

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