Chosen Name Change


Northern Kentucky University developed a Chosen Name Change Request Form in Fall 2016 with the goal of creating a consistent name change experience and use of one's name wherever a legal name is not absolutely necessary. The university allows a first and/or middle name to be used by eligible students to indicate their new name to the university community regardless of whether they have legally changed their name. The university defines this name as the sole name that will be used for professional purposes at the university and limits this definition to first and middle names. Legal last names cannot be changed with this form. Additionally, since the university's infrastructure is multifaceted and complex, an approved Chosen Name Change Request will result in updates to many systems but there may still be other systems where the implementation of a new name is not yet possible

Your name will be reflected:

  • In your myNKU portal
  • On class rosters
  • On your AllCard
  • Email

Note: Names on diplomas are chosen by the student at the time of degree completion

In addition to designating a chosen name, you are able to designate a gender marker that differs from your legal gender. Please understand that the gender marker that you designate will be reflected in many University systems, but understand that there may be other systems where the implementation of a gender marker other than my legal gender is not possible.

Currently available gender markers:

  • He/Him
  • She/Her
  • They/Them

By submitting this request I certify that I fully understand the above purpose of this Chosen Name Change Request and understand the expectation outlined in this disclaimer. I understand that a new name is dermed as a sole name that will be used for professional purposes at Northern Kentucky University. Furthermore, I confirm that I am not requesting a new name to avoid any legal obligation or to otherwise misrepresent myself.

Who can request this service?

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students


Complete Request Form


Service ID: 51619
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