Preferred First Name
University of North Florida recognizes that many students, faculty, and staff
prefer to use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of a preferred name is
not for the purpose of misrepresentation, UNF acknowledges that a preferred
name should be used whenever possible in the course of university business and
education. In order to provide a
safe, inclusive and nondiscriminatory community, UNF faculty and staff should
use a student’s preferred name.
The preferred name will be reflected in UNF email and the
learning management systems. Currently, it will not display in Banner Self
Service (i.e. the class roster used by faculty) however, work is being done to
enable this feature in the future.
may provide a preferred name (or nickname) through the office of the University
Registrar. Faculty and staff may do so through Human Resources. The
University reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it is used
inappropriately or for misrepresentation. A policy is under development
that will outline the purpose, course of action, and details of preferred name
use within the University.
Dept. of Education's Dear Colleague Letter provides additional information
regarding federal guidelines.
Personal Information Update Form
Students should download and complete the above Personal Information Update Form. Students can submit this completed form to One-Stop Student Services. Documentation of the preferred first name is not required, but the student will need to show the coordinator a photo ID. The request will then be submitted to the University Registrar or Associate Registrar for processing.