A legal name is the name that appears on your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, or U.S. Social Security Card.
The term “preferred name” refers to a name you wish to use that differs from your name on legal documents and/or differs from the name listed on your original student or employee college record and that has not been changed legally.
Reasons for choosing a preferred name are personal and different for each individual. Possible reasons include:
- Preferring to use a nickname or middle name instead of a legal first name
- Choosing a name that aligns with your gender identity
- Wanting a preemptive name change while in the process of legal divorce proceedings
Terms and Conditions
Preferred names may not be used for purposes of fraud or misrepresentation. When you set your preferred name, you agree that you have not set a preferred name with an intent to impersonate someone else, to deceive, or to defraud.
Hate speech, inappropriate language, or repeated frequent use of the preferred name feature may bar you from using it in the future, at the college’s discretion. The college reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it contains inappropriate or offensive language.
Your preferred name may be used in any Westminster College system or correspondence.