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Preferred Name Policy

Some MassArt students 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, MassArt acknowledges that a preferred name and pronoun may be used wherever possible.

You should give serious consideration to the request to use a preferred name and/or pronoun, as this choice will be permanently reflected on applicable college records. Although members of the community are generally free to determine the preferred names they wish to be known by, inappropriate use of the preferred name policy (including but not limited to avoiding a legal obligation, vulgarity or misrepresentation) may be cause for denying the request. The college reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it is used inappropriately.

Upon submission of your preferred name your choice of preferred name will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar. Once your preferred name is approved, it will appear in the Preferred Name section in daVinci. If your preferred name is not approved, your legal name will remain the only name on your record at the college.

Examples of preferred names that will not be approved:

  • Names used for the purpose of misrepresentation
  • Names containing non alpha characters
  • Names containing foul or inappropriate language

Massachusetts College of Art and Design has established procedures which would allow you, if you so desire, to use a name different than your legal name on the following college records:

  • Class rosters and grade lists
  • MassArt ID
  • Moodle account
  • Degree certificates
  • Degree audits

Preferred Name Changes can be made with the Office of the Registrar only once.

notes on legal name change

For name change on the following MassArt documents, a legal name change is required:

  • Transcripts
  • Financial records
  • W-2 forms
  • Enrollment data
  • Financial aid documents and mailing information

To change the name on these records, you must make a legal name change through state authorities.

Please be advised: Currently the only formal change that is available is on the Student ID. The college is currently working on implementing the other changes that are noted in the policy. When these changes go into effect, all application will be processed for those systems as well.

Preferred Name Application