Campus systems join existing campus card support
The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Card, Canvas, OrgSync campus engagement network, and oZone student information system will all recognize students’ preferred names.
According to an OU Daily report, the director of the university’s Gender + Equality Center says various departments across Oklahoma’s campus were pivotal in facilitating the addition of preferred name options to campus systems, citing the Sooner Card office, the university admissions department and Canvas in particular.
“I think it’s important that the card that a person carries is reflective of who they are,” said Ryan Trevino, Sooner Card director, in an OU Daily interview. “There’s a number of reasons why a person may want to establish a preferred name, and we try to accommodate as many of those cases as we possibly can.”
Students wishing to register a preferred name with the university can first make a request in the office of Academic Records and Transcripts. After receiving proper documentation of the change, students can then report to the Sooner Card office where they can have a new card printed with the preferred name.
Oklahoma’s Sooner Card office has offered a preferred name option for many years. And while no official records are kept with the number of preferred name requests, Trevino believes there has been an increase in the number of preferred name requests on Sooner Cards in recent years.
In addition to existing Sooner Card support, Oklahoma students have the new option of listing their preferred name on oZone and OrgSync through their respective websites. In addition to other campus departments’ support, the university’s Gender + Equality Center will offer its services to help guide students through the process if necessary.