Galerstein Gender Center

Preferred Name & Gender Marker

Preferred Name

The University recognizes that many community members use names other than their primary/legal names to identify themselves.  As long as the use of this different name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a preferred name may be used whenever possible in the course of university business and education.

The student is free to determine the preferred name they wish to be known by in the Orion student information system; however, inappropriate use of the preferred name policy may be cause for denying the request.

The student should send email from their UT Dallas email account to [email protected] to edit the preferred name.

Q: What is a preferred name?
A: Preferred name is a first and or middle name that does not match your Primary/Legal name in the Orion student information system.  Currently Preferred Name is defaulted to match the Primary/Legal Name in the Orion student information system.

Q: Where is preferred name displayed?
A: In Orion, a student’s preferred name is displayed in your Student Self-Service screen, and on Grade Rosters.   The preferred name is also displayed on eLearning grade rosters and Comet Cards.

Q: Can I get a Comet Card issued with my preferred name?
A: Yes, Comet Cards can be updated to have preferred names on the front and legal names on the back.

Q: Can I get an official transcript, the commencement program, or my diploma issued with my preferred name?
A: No, the official transcript, the commencement program, and diploma are issued only with the primary/legal name.

Q: I have more questions regarding preferred name, who can I contact?
A: Please email your questions to [email protected].  A member of the Registrar’s Office staff will respond.

Gender Marker

To change your gender marker, email [email protected] with your request. No paperwork is required.

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SSB 4.300
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The University of Texas at Dallas
Galerstein Gender Center
800 W. Campbell Road, SSB41
Richardson, TX 75080-3021