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UCM Preferred Name and Pronoun Policy


Recognizing that some individuals prefer to identify themselves by a First Name other than their Legal Name, beginning in the Spring 2023 semester, the University of Central Missouri will enable individuals to identify a Preferred First Name in addition to their Legal Name. Individuals may indicate this preference via the UCM Personal Information section in MyCentral. Individuals will also have the ability to identify their pronouns. It's important to note, however, that both provision and use of identified preferred names and pronounces is optional. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Preferred Name?

A Preferred Name is a name an individual wishes to be known by in the University community that is different from a individual's Legal Name. Surnames can be changed within UCM databases only with a legal name change.


What is a Legal Name? 

A Legal Name is the name that appears on your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, or U.S. Social Security Card.


Where will my Preferred Name Appear?

  • Gmail Display Name
  • Residence Hall Rosters
  • Directory

Where will my Legal Name Be Used?

Examples include:

  • International Students Documentation
  • SEVIS (Immigration Status Reporting)
  • Student Financial Services Documentation
  • Financial Aid Records
  • Federal and State Requests for Information
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Transcripts
  • Academic Certifications
  • Diplomas
  • Commencement Program
  • Official NCAA Athletic Documentation
  • Department of Public Safety
  • University Identification Cards
  • Blackboard
  • Class Rosters
  • Enrollment/Degree Verification processes
  • Payroll Documents

Do I have to use a Preferred Name or Define Pronouns?

No. Use of a Preferred Name or Pronouns is optional.


Are there any Preferred Name restrictions?

Preferred Names may not be used for purposes of fraud or misrepresentation. The University reserves the right to ignore or remove an indicated Preferred Name for any lawful reason.


Does a Preferred First Name affect my Legal Name?

No. An approved Preferred Name does not change your Legal Name.


How do I request a Preferred Name or Pronouns?

Individuals may define a Preferred Name and/or Pronouns in the UCM Personal Information section in MyCentral. 


How do I delete my Preferred Name or Pronouns?

Changes to Preferred Name or Pronouns can be made at any time in the UCM Personal Information section in MyCentral. 





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