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Pronoun and Chosen Name Policy

MassArt pursues a just, compassionate, and equitable learning environment and seeks to affirm the identity of each member of our community through pronouns and names. To that end, MassArt will use the pronoun a student provides.

We also recognize that students use names other than the ones assigned at birth to identify themselves. To that end, MassArt will also use a student’s chosen name wherever possible so long as the name does not contain special characters or numbers only (alphanumeric combination permissible) and the name is not being used for an improper purpose such as avoiding a legal obligation, vulgarity or misrepresentation.

MassArt will use a student’s chosen name wherever a legal name is not required on campus including on internal documents, communications, systems and web portals such as:

  • Class rosters and grade rosters
  • MassArt NetID and Email
  • MassArt Moodle
  • MassArt Self-Service
  • Degrees and Certificates

A chosen name will not be used on outgoing mail or documents that require a legal name such as:

  • Official transcripts
  • Financial records 
  • W-2 forms
  • Enrollment data
  • Financial aid documents

Instructions To Update Your Chosen Name


    • Log into MassArt Self Service using your login name (NetID) and password and choose "User Options" on the left.

    • public profile


    • Please disregard Addresses, Email Addresses and Phone Numbers sections.

    • Enter First Name, Middle Name, Last Name. Students may also select pronouns from the Preferred Pronoun drop-down. Click the ">

      Please note: Selected pronouns are currently displayed on class rosters only.

To see how an updated pronoun of chosen name will appear in the College’s enterprise information systems, view this wiki article.