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
  • Organizational chart 
  • OWLcards 
  • Residence hall resident lists
  • Performance Development System
  • Self-Service Banner (e.g., instructor names in the class schedule, and student names on faculty class rosters and grade rosters)

Use in Administrative Systems

The above list indicates areas for opportunities where Temple students may use their preferred name. For other records, however, your legal name will be required to ensure we can verify your credentials when contacted by outside agencies, as well as to safeguard against identity theft and the production of fraudulent credentials. These records include financial records, human resources records, library records and educational history records, such as transcripts and diplomas.

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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