Please Note: preferred name is used solely for UVM’s internal systems; external systems (such as home-town newspapers, official transcripts, enrollment verifications, etc.) will continue to use your legal first name.
To indicate your preferred first name and/or preferred pronoun, log in to myUVM, and click on “Change Your Preferred Name/Pronoun” in the Personal Information box in the center of the page. Follow the instructions posted on the “Preferred First Name and Pronoun” form. Please remember to hit update to ensure that your preferences have been saved. For some applications, the preferred name will immediately display. For others, there is a 24-hour waiting period before changes will appear in the system.
Should you choose to list a preferred pronoun, it will only appear on class rosters and advisor lists. Your choice of pronoun is restricted to the following options: none (nothing listed), he, she, they, ze, and name only. Name only indicates the student wishes to never be referred to by any pronoun.
Staff with an administrative need (e.g., police, health, and financial services; deans’ office staff) will see both legal and preferred names. Similar to GPAs and other sensitive information, these staff are trained on the implications of this access.
Report any problems with this process to the Office of LGBT Services (656-8637; firstname.lastname@example.org), Registrar’s Office (656-2045; email@example.com), or the Dean of Students Office (656-3380; DeanofStudents@uvm.edu).
After twenty-four hours, your preferred name will appear in the system and you can request a new CATcard. When making a name-change on your ID card, it is possible to retain your old card if you so choose. Visit the Cat Card Office to have a new ID card issued. There is a $5 fee for this service.
If you have questions about this process, please contact LGBTQA Services at 656-8637 or via e-mail. You can also contact the Registrar’s Office for more specific questions about information systems impacted by these choices.
UVM email addresses are comprised of three separate components: NetID, accompanying name, and email aliases.
If you chose the "generate new email alias" checkbox when you completed the “Preferred First Name and Pronoun” form, you will get a new email alias and accompanying name based on your preferred name (e.g., Martin.Henderson@uvm.edu instead of Liliana.Henderson@uvm.edu).
If you want to also change your NetID, or if you aren't satisfied with the alias created for you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (656-2006). They can help you customize your entries if necessary. (Generating the new alias happens overnight, send yourself some email the next day to see your new email address.)
If you chose to change your UVM email to your preferred name but wish to communicate via email using your legal name, we recommend that you create a non-UVM email account (e.g., gmail, yahoo).