California Lutheran University is enabling its campus community to have preferred names on student identification cards and emails. California Lutheran has enabled name changes on documents since the 2016 fall semester, but this latest initiative now includes the student ID card and email address.
Beginning this semester, Binghamton University has enacted a new preferred name policy that will enable members of the campus community to choose a first name other than their legal name. The policy will support preferred name use in a number of campus systems, as well as appearing on student ID cards and other outward facing applications.
The University of Idaho recently implemented preferred names on its student ID, the VandalCard. But the university recently paused the service as it decided to revisit both state and federal ID compliance considerations, resulting in the addition of legal disclaimers and the need to recard select students.
The University of North Florida is mulling updates to its campus card that would make the ID card a viable form of voter identification, as well as changes that would support preferred names. According to UNF student government, the new Osprey 1Card could be approved with printing beginning as soon as next month.
Members of the Johns Hopkins University community now have the ability to designate preferred names in university databases, following a recent university-wide push for greater inclusion on campus. The university’s new preferred name policy is aimed at those who go by a different name as a reflection of their gender identity, or those who use an Americanized alternative to a name in their native language.
UC San Diego (UCSD) is accepting preferred names in its campus databases, with future plans to extend the service to printing names on student ID cards. This marks UCSD’s first foray into preferred names and will enable students to submit both a preferred name and pronoun that they wish to be referred to by the university, with those designations being reflected in most campus records systems.
Washington State University has, among other inclusivity efforts, instituted updates to its student ID card policies to add support for preferred names. The move will enable any WSU community members to use a chosen first and middle name to be printed on CougarCards.
Louisiana State University is the latest campus to recognize student preferred names on the campus card. The university announced in a press release this week that LSU students will be able to use their chosen name on their Tiger Cards beginning with the fall 2018 semester.