Lesley community members will be able to decide how they want their name to be displayed by indicating a chosen name.  An opportunity to indicate a chosen name will be offered to all students as they enter the university. 

  • When someone changes their chosen name, it is not a legal name change.  A formal legal name change must be supported by legal documentation (birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, driver's license or court order, for example) and is done through the applicable office, like the Registrar's office or Human Resources. 
  • The person's Lesley username will not be changed to reflect the chosen name, since the username is determined by the legal name on file.


Chosen name vs. legal name at Lesley


A chosen name is a first, middle or last name that an individual chooses, other than their legal name, to better reflect how they wish to identify, and it is a name that aligns with their sense of self. 


The following lists areas where the chosen name will appear:

  • Blackboard/myLesley
  • Course Rosters
  • Outlook Email Display Name
  • Lesley Student ID Cards
  • Student Self Service Portal


A legal name is defined as that name verified by a birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, driver's license or court order, for example.


The following lists areas/documents where the legal name will still appear:


Financial Aid documents

Student bill and other Student Financial documents

Official and Unofficial transcripts

Enrollment verifications

Payroll

Immigration documents

Health Services

Human Resources / ADP


Examples for Types of Name Changes 


The following list provides examples of appropriate chosen name options at this time:

  • A shortened version of the full legal name may be used (for example, Christine to “Chris”).
  • Initials may be used (David Craig to “D. C.”; Mary Ann to “ M.A.”; Teresa Luisa to “T.L.”).
  • A different chosen name than the legal first name may be used (David Craig to “Christy”; Cristina to “Cory”; Lenira to “Remi”).
  • Even when a member of the University community uses a chosen name, it should be understood that for University functions, the legal name will be used wherever it is currently required for legal purposes, which may include, but is not limited to: financial, medical, and law enforcement documents, transcripts, diplomas, W-4 forms, I-9 forms, payroll documents, Visa/immigration documents, personnel files, employment applications and related documents, background check documents, and insurance documents.


Re-issuance of ID's & fees


New people who provide chosen name information to the university prior to their arrival are not charged a fee since their first ID card is free of charge and will reflect the chosen name they provided. For people who already have an ID card, and then later request a name change, a new ID card must be issued. In such a case, the new ID Card will be issued by Campus Services and there will be a discounted $17.50 fee to issue the new ID card. Fees are charged for new ID cards when the following has occurred: 


  • Lost or misplaced ID - $25.00
  • Damaged ID card - $25.00
  • Requested name change after receiving initial card - $17.50


Current limitations with accents & other symbols


Currently, there are some technological limitations that prevent our Colleague and Outlook systems from being able to display accents and symbols associated with the proper spelling and pronunciation of names. This is something that will be explored going forward so that our university systems are capturing and allowing for the appropriate spelling and pronunciation of names to the best of our ability.


Consideration for name selection


The University reserves the right to refuse a chosen name in the event that the name reflects the use of profane words or other words that are deemed derogatory in nature.



How to change your display name to reflect your chosen name



Students


1. Log into LOIS at http://www.lesley.edu/lois.

2. Click on the Students button.

3. In the Personal Profile section, click on the Chosen Name Entry link.

4. Fill out the form with your chosen name.


Faculty


1. Log into LOIS at http://www.lesley.edu/lois.

2. Click on the Faculty button.

3. In the Personal Profile section, click on the Chosen Name Entry link.

4. Fill out the form with your chosen name.


Staff


1. Log into LOIS at http://www.lesley.edu/lois.

2. Click on the Employees button.

3. In the Employee Profile section, click on the Chosen Name Entry link.

4. Fill out the form with your chosen name.