Google has now given users the ability to customize the way their name appears in their Google+ profile. This change allows D219 users to utilize their more commonly used name instead of their six-letter username or a formal name that is pulled from employee records. For example; Alexia Smith may prefer to be called "Alex". She can change her Google profile to read “Alex Smith”.
To enable this change users must activate Google+. Once the user name has been customized it will be adjusted throughout your Google profile, including the staff directory.
Policies and guidelines have been put in place by Google to verify that the user is who they claim to be. Visit this page for more details: http://support.google.com/plus/answer/1228271
If the name chosen is rejected your Google+ account will be suspended and you must either change the name or make an appeal. The suspension or deactivation of a Google+ account will not hinder any other services such as ability to send and receive emails, Google Drive, etc.