Chosen Name Policy

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Since the February 2021 adoption of the Chosen Name Policy and the Gender Identity Policy, the Chosen Name/Gender Identity Working Group has been making strides to configure university systems in support of these policies. We are pleased to announce that members of the Lehigh community can now provide their chosen first, middle, and/or last name to be included in the system of record via this page: go.lehigh.edu/UpdateChosenName. Please note, if you have submitted a “Preferred First Name” via Self-Service Banner in the past, this name has been added to the new chosen first name field with your legal last name.

We are thrilled to be taking this step toward integrating chosen names across university systems, ensuring that the information you provide is accurately reflected and displayed where appropriate. We ask for your patience as we continue to incorporate chosen names in appropriate university systems and processes. This may take some time. We will revise the Updating Chosen Name and Gender Identity at Lehigh documentation as we progress.

Additionally, we have updated the university’s Banner system to allow for the storage of diacritical marks, also known as special characters in names (i.e., Renée). If you have a special character in your legal name, please follow the process of updating your legal name with the university. If your chosen name includes a special character, visit go.lehigh.edu/UpdateChosenName to provide your chosen name.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact The Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity at pridecenter@lehigh.edu and/or the Chosen Name/Gender Identity Working Group at datagovernance@lehigh.edu.