A username is a string of characters used to uniquely identify an individual. Each student, support staff member, administrator, and faculty member at Gustavus is issued a unique username with 8 or fewer characters.
The College previously recycled usernames of alumni and former employees. As of the graduating class of 2004 this practice has been stopped.
Some employees of the College have a custom username, but the vast majority of usernames follow this naming convention: first letter of first name + first 7 characters of last name.
When duplicate usernames would occur, the last character(s) of the username are replaced with a unique integer.
For example, Frodo Baggins' username would be fbaggins and his e-mail address would be email@example.com. If Frank Baggins received his Gustavus username after Frodo, Frank's username would be fbaggin2, since fbaggins was taken.
Username vs. e-mail address
It's important to note the difference between an e-mail address and a username.
A Gustavus username is just the first part of an e-mail address, without the "@gustavus.edu" part. Whenever you log into any online Gustavus resources, such as the Gribly, your username should not contain the "@gustavus.edu" part.