The University of Northern Colorado will begin accepting preferred names as part of a larger university effort to foster a more welcoming and inclusive environment on campus.
In an official document released by the university’s office of the registrar, UNC will pilot the use of preferred names on supplementary class rosters during summer 2016 courses. The preferred name will be displayed prominently, however, students legal first names will also be included on the rosters for reference purposes, as faculty will continue to submit grades using the students’ legal names. UNC will also update student emails and Blackboard learning management systems with the preferred names.
Per the document, UNC will work toward primary use of the preferred name in the future, but that students should be aware that the use of the legal name will continue to be necessary in multiple communications and processes due to university business or legal requirements, or system limitations.
Examples of preferred name changes may include instances when a student prefers to use:
- A middle name instead of a first name
- An anglicized name
- A name to which the individual is in the process of legally changing
- A name that better represents the individual’s gender identity
The university will also reserve the right to deny a preferred name request if the request is fraudulent, carries connotations that are deemed offensive to good taste and decency, or violates university regulations or the student code of conduct. The university also reserves the right to remove preferred names that are deemed misrepresentative and suspend the individual’s privilege to update their preferred name.
By fall 2016 preferred first names will be used or appear in the following UNC systems:
- Supplementary class rosters
- Housing contracts
- Recreation center software
- Bears email display name
- Student online directory
- Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems
- Student Conduct/Dean of Students databases
A $15 replacement fee will be assessed for students seeking their preferred name to appear on their UNC ID card. The new preferred name policy and services are exclusive to students for the time being, but processes for employee preferred names may be implemented in the future.