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Pronoun and Chosen Name Policy

Students in Fibers Loom Room

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

how to change a chosen name or pronouns

Students who wish to select a chosen name or pronouns should initiate the process in the MassArt Self-Service application, using the instructions provided below:

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.