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Preferred First Name in Student Records

This procedure explains how students may indicate their preferred first name in student records. BSU employees who are also students may use the preferred first name option as described below.

BSU is pleased to offer a preferred name option to students who wish to be known by a preferred first name on class rosters, grade lists, ID cards, Blackboard, student email addresses, when entering residence halls, and other instances. Not all BSU systems, however, enable the use of a preferred name.  For example, degree audits use students’ legal names.  Other federal reporting requirements require the University to use students’ legal names.

BSU has established procedures which would allow you, if you so desire, to use a first name different than your legal first name on certain University records:

  • You can indicate your preferred name on your application for graduation (i.e., Degree Application). The name you indicate on that application will be used on your diploma, in the commencement brochure, and will be the name called when you walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony.
  • You can change your first name on class rosters and grade lists.
  • You can get a new Connect ID card with your preferred first name, if you change it on class rosters and grade lists first.
  • You can change your University email address to display your preferred first name.
  • You can have your preferred first name listed in Blackboard, if you update it in your student record first.

If you change your preferred first name for the above purposes, that does not change your legal name with BSU, and ALL other University records will still reflect your legal name. Examples of records showing legal names are such things as transcripts, degree audits, degree certificates, financial records, W-2 forms, newspaper articles, enrollment data, financial aid documents and mailing information. To change the name on these records, you must make a legal name change and then inform the University.

To change your first name on class rosters and grade lists

  • Log into Infobear using your Banner ID and PIN
  • Click Personal Information on the Main Menu
  • Click Update Preferred First Name on the Personal Information page
  • Enter your preferred first name on the Change Preferred First Name page
  • Your preferred first name change will be saved in your student record.

To obtain a new Connect card bearing your preferred first name:

  • First, complete the class roster/grade list change in Infobear as shown above.
  • Go to the Parking Services and Connect Card Office in Room 001, Hunt Hall (ground floor). If you are a continuing student, bring your old Connect Card. If you are a new student who has not yet been issued a Connect Card, bring a driver's license or passport.
  • Tell the Connect Card Office you have changed your first name through Infobear and want a new ID card showing your new first name. They will look you up and verify the change of first name. They will issue you a new Connect Card reflecting the change in your first name.
  • If you already have a Connect Card, you will be required to turn it in. There is no fee unless you already have a Connect Card but do not turn it in.

To change your preferred name in Blackboard:

  • First, complete the class roster/grade list change in Infobear as shown above.
  • Next, log into Blackboard
  • Click on your name above the myBSU tab, to pop-up the Global Navigation Menu
  • Click the Settings tab
  • Click the Personal Information link
  • Click the Edit Personal Information link
  • Edit the First Name field and click the Submit button

To change your display name for your student email:

  • Call IT at 508.531.2555 or email itsupport@bridgew.edu to submit a ticket
  • State that you would like to have your preferred name displayed on your student email address (it is important to use this language)

To change how your name is listed in the email Global Address Book (this is not the same as the directory)

  • Call IT at (508) 531-2555 or email itsupport@bridgew.edu to submit a ticket
  • State that you would like to have your preferred name displayed in the Global Address Book (it is important to use this language)

Updated 8/2017 by Lee Forest, GLBTA Pride Center

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