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Preferred First Name

The 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. 

Students 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.  

How can students request to use a preferred first name?

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.

 Personal Information Update Form  

The Dept. of Education's Dear Colleague Letter provides additional information regarding federal guidelines.