Personalized Email Aliases

All CU faculty, staff and students may select a personalized email alias. A number of choices are offered based upon a person's name as it appears in Columbia's Human Resources system (PAC) or the University Student system (SIS). Your alias options will change if your name is modified in either of these systems.

For example, George Jetson (UNI gj5437) might be provided with the option for choosing email alias

In this case, email addressed to and would be delivered to the same mailbox.

Sometimes numbers are included in a person's alias choices, for example, if a certain combination has already been acquired by another person.

The email alias is never used to log into any online services. The login process for all University services continues to use solely the UNI and its password.

How to choose, change or remove your email alias

  1. Visit Manage My UNI.
  2. Click the Email Alias icon.

You can also visit Manage My UNI and click Change Your Published Email Address to indicate that you want your email alias displayed in Columbia's online directory and be used as your sending address in LionMail. You may also use this page to change your address back to the format in the online directory.

Note: Your email alias delivers mail to the same place as You should never forward your email to your email alias!

In order to change your default sending address in LionMail to your email alias:

1. Visit the Manage My UNI page and click on Change Your Published Email Address.

2. Log in and choose the Publish email address in the Columbia University Online Directory option.

3. Select the option to change your default sending address to your email alias.

After you have followed the above steps, you may also change the sending address on your iPhone or iPad.