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Preferred Name Guidelines

Husson University recognizes that calling community members by their chosen or preferred name is an important aspect of an inclusive campus. The University has adopted a Name Usage Policy which is meant to offer transparency to community members, and guidance for appropriate practices. This policy is meant to affirm the identities of community members (i.e., students and employees) by using the appropriate first names even if one has not changed their legal name. 


These may include individuals who prefer to use: 

  • a middle name or nickname instead of a first name; 
  • an anglicized name; 
  • a name to which the individual is in the process of legally changing; or 
  • a name that better represents the individual’s gender identity 


To indicate a preferred name:

  1. Complete the preferred name form 
  2. Or visit the Registrar Office and complete the preferred name paper form
  3. After filing the preferred name form with the Registrar Office the Safety and Security Office will be able to print/reprint your Husson ID


Husson Alumni may update their preferred or legal name by emailing



Preferred name

A preferred name is an alternative to the legal name provided by the individual to Husson University. A preferred name can be designated for the first name or the first and middle name. Last names are considered legal names and will not be changed without the appropriate legal documentation.

Legal name

The legal name is the name(s) designated on government documents such as a driver’s license, passport, or a tax form.


Changing your display name and pronouns in Canvas

Changing your name on your Gmail account

Husson University Name Usage Policy