Preferred Name Use at Temple University

Temple University supports the need or preference for members of its community who identify by a name other than their legal name. The university will accommodate a preferred name, when possible, in the course of university business and education. 

Beginning in the fall 2019 term, members of the Temple community can update their preferred name via the “update your preferred name” option in the Manage My Account section of TUportal

The preferred name will be used in many university contexts, including the following. 

  • Cherry & White directory
  • Canvas learning management software 
  • Self-Service Banner (e.g., instructor names in the class schedule, and student names on faculty class rosters and grade rosters)
  • OWLcards 
  • Residence hall resident lists

Use in Administrative Systems

The above list indicates the Temple University administrative systems that currently use preferred names. For some records, such as financial records, human resources records, library records, and transcripts and diplomas, the university is legally required to use a student’s legal name. However, the university will accommodate an individual's request for a preferred name (when possible and as permitted by law) when the preferred name use is not intended to be deliberately misleading, impersonating another person or violating university policy.  

Implementing the use of preferred names will be a process that occurs over time. Please be aware that, when an individual contacts a university office in person or by phone, the staff in that office may only have electronic access to the legal name.

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