The University of Colorado classifies a student’s legal name as their primary name, which is associated with official records and accounts. Generally, offices that work with federal regulations, insurance companies, financial institutions and law enforcement are required to use your primary name.
As we strive to be an inclusive community, CU Boulder recognizes that students may wish to be identified by a name other than their primary (legal) name. Students may designate a preferred first and/or middle name with the university. A preferred name may be a nickname, middle name, professional name, anglicized name or name more closely associated with a student's gender identity.
Where technically and legally feasible, preferred names are displayed instead of primary (legal) names in university systems and records, and are used to identify students in the classroom and other places on campus. Your primary name may be required for official documented business needs (e.g., financial aid, tax forms, health insurance records, etc.). Systems that rely on data stored in enterprise systems should be updated regularly to reflect the most current name information.
No documentation is required to designate a preferred name. Last names may only be updated through the official primary name change process with supporting legal documentation.
The university reserves the right to remove any preferred name that is deemed to be inappropriate, derogatory or misrepresentative (i.e., student is attempting to avoid legal obligations or confuse their identity with that of another). Students may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct or by the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.
When you apply to graduate, you can set a unique diploma name that will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program. If a diploma name is not provided, the Office of the Registrar will use your primary name.
The following university systems and records require additional steps to update your preferred or primary name.
Contact the Office of the Registrar for instructions on updating your primary or preferred name for university systems and processes not listed here.