Mizzou implements preferred name policy

5 months 4 days 7 hours ago September 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016 Thursday, September 22 2016 Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:50:00 PM CDT in News
By: Justice Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri implemented its new Student Preferred name policy. 

The policy will allow students to enter their preferred first, middle and last name in the campus course websites, Blackboard and Canvas. The program is also expanding so that preferred names appear on ID cards, transcripts, diplomas and other locations if legal names ar not required. 

Students who would like to change their name on their ID cards are required to pay the $15 fee to get a new card printed. 

Instances in which preferred name will be used include, but are not limited to:

a) Class rosters
b) Residence hall rosters
c) University identification cards
d) Transcripts (if requested in myZou)
e) Diplomas (if requested in myZou)
f) Wherever it is not necessary for the legal name to be used

"We have many students from different backgrounds and cultures that want to use another name other than what's listed on their birth certificate, their legal name," said MU Spokesperson Christian Basi. 

As long as the students "preferred name" is not inappropriate, the university will ensure that it appears instead of the student's legal name. 
 
Rio Chacon, a student who recently went through a name change told KOMU 8 News, "It's a good step for trans individuals and whoever wants to change their name. I think it was necessary, it's been necessary and it was way overdue."

The University of Missouri reserves the right to deny or remove any preferred name for misuse, including but not limited to misrepresentation, attempting to avoid legal obligation, or the use of derogatory names, with or without notice in accordance with University Collected Rules and Regulations.

The university also told KOMU 8 News that alumni are now allowed to get a new diploma with their preferred names, but they will have to pay for the reprint fee. 

For more information on this new policy, you can visit the registrars office website.

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