I am accessing the user profile property from code but it returns null value as well as false in the boolean type property.

My code is:

if (web != null)

    SPList list = ListHelper.GetListByUrl(web.Lists,ListNames.DepartmentsUrl);

    if (list != null)
        SPQuery query = new SPQuery();
        query.Query = string.Format(CamlQueries.Department.QueryForDepartmentUrl, properties.Web.Name);
        SPListItemCollection coll = list.GetItems(query);

        if (coll != null)
            SPListItem item = coll[0];
            var taxonomyField = item.Fields.GetFieldByInternalName(FieldNames.Department) as TaxonomyField;
            var fieldValue = item[taxonomyField.Id] as TaxonomyFieldValue;
            SPServiceContext contex = SPServiceContext.GetContext(properties.Web.Site);
            if (contex != null)
                 UserProfileManager upm = new UserProfileManager(contex);
                 #region Change User Profile Properties
                 if (upm != null)

                            UserProfile u = upm.GetUserProfile(user[0]);

                            if ((bool)u[FieldNames.Manager].Value)
                             properties.ErrorMessage = "Manager is already assigned to other department";
                            properties.Status = SPEventReceiverStatus.CancelWithError;
                            properties.Cancel = true;

                                if (groupAdded.Name.EndsWith(UserGroups.Managers.Name))

Here in the condition :if ((bool)u[FieldNames.Manager].Value) I am getting false but in the user profile property from central admin it is true.

What should I do?

N.B. The property's privacy is set to Everyone.

2 Answers 2


Try this : u[PropertyConstants.Manager].Value; instead of u[FieldNames.Manager].Value .

Else How to get user profile property value when privacy for property set to "Private" (only me)

  • Thanks for reply sir, but the [FieldNames.Manager] returns the name of the custom property of user profile. So how would I get that custom property in property. Actually manager is boolean in my case
    – users1100
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 4:09
  • Not sure i understood you correctly . But I have a bool custom property ABCD-DEFGFG with Display Name as ABC .I use the below code . UserProfileValueCollection valuesr = profile["ABCD-DEFGFG"]; bool VOlla = (bool)valuesr.Value; if (VOlla) { i++; } else{ }
    – Nikhil J
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 17:49

I guess you need to add "AllowUnsafeUpdates" in your code. Adding this might help.


Hope this helps. :)

  • I see no updates being made, how will this help? Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:02

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