Preferred Name Policy

San Jose State University recognizes that as a community many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this preferred name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation or evading legal obligations, the university acknowledges that a "preferred name" can and should be used wherever possible in the course of university business and education.

Current students can indicate a “preferred” first name, which is a name the student wishes to be commonly known as, if different from their legal first name. A student may change their preferred first and/or middle names on MySJSU. Students who are in the process of updating their gender and/or marital status may also change their last names. The student's preferred name will only be seen on Class Rosters and Grade Rosters.

Inappropriate use of the preferred name policy may result in a violation of the Student Conduct Code and be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development.

Please note: the “primary” name will continue to be the student's legal name and will continue to appear on the diploma, official and unofficial transcript, the TowerCard, and any documentation involving financial aid or student accounts. Students must continue to use their primary names when conducting official University business. In addition, indicating a preferred name will not change a student's e-mail address that appears in the student’s record. It is important to know that the primary name can only be changed by visiting the Office of the Registrar and filing a Name Change request(PDF).