Date Established: 6/22/2017
Date Last Updated:
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of the Registrar
The university promotes diversity and a climate welcoming to a diverse community. Use of a student’s preferred name in the classroom and on campus is essential to a safe, inclusive environment.
The University at Buffalo (UB, university) recognizes that students may use a first or middle name other than their legal name to identify themselves. The university will use a student’s preferred name, when possible, in the course of university education and business unless the student’s birth name or legal name is required by law or the preferred name is used for purposes of misidentification, fraud, or misrepresentation. For identity verification purposes, students must use their legal last name.
The university is required to use the legal first name for many official records and reports, including, but not limited to:
Students who change their legal name may update their legal name of record through the Office of the Registrar. A legal name change will not impact students’ ability to select a preferred name.
The university reserves the right to review all preferred name changes. The Student Code of Conduct prohibits individuals from using lewd, indecent, or discriminatory names. Students who change their name in violation of university policies or the Student Code of Conduct will be notified via their UB email address and the name(s) will be removed. Students who repeat this violation will be referred to Student Conduct and Advocacy.
Students who experience problems related to faculty or staff misuse of their preferred name, or who experience discrimination should contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The Office of the Registrar activated HUB (PeopleSoft) functionality giving students the option to enter a preferred name quickly and discreetly, and without needing to ask for accommodations or assistance from university staff. When a preferred name is entered, the preferred name appears on certain high-impact screens within HUB and other support systems allowing faculty and staff to refer to a student by their preferred name.
This policy applies to students who wish to use the preferred name fields.
Faculty and staff interested in changing their preferred name may contact Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The name that identifies a person for legal and other official purposes. A person's legal name is generally the name given and registered at birth, and which appears on a birth certificate, but may subsequently change.
First or middle name by which a student may wish to be known that differs from their legal first or middle name.