Preferred or Chosen First Name Policy

To foster a campus environment that is inclusive and that encourages self-expression, Dickinson has established a policy whereby any current student or employee may use a preferred or chosen first name on campus. We strive to have this name used wherever a legal name is not necessary. 

Dickinson recognizes that faculty, staff and students may use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. These may include, but are not limited to, people who use their middle name instead of their first name, people who use nicknames of a legal name, people who use an anglicized name, or people who use a name that affirms their gender identity. 

It is the policy of the college that students, faculty, staff, and administrators may use whatever preferred or chosen first name they want, regardless of whether they have legally changed their name, except where their legal names are required by law, industry standard or strong business need.

The use of a preferred or chosen name cannot be for illegal purposes.

For more information regarding the Preferred or Chosen First Name Policy, including a detailed list of FAQs, please click here

You may also contact Erica Lawrence, Director of LGBTQ Services, if you have specific questions.