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K-State Today

November 17, 2020

K-State adds chosen name policy

Submitted by Thomas Lane

Kansas State University has added a chosen name policy, PPM Chapter 3077, that allows students and employees to use first names other than their legal names to identify themselves.

These may include individuals who choose to use a:

  • Shortened derivative of a first name.
  • Middle name instead of a first name.
  • Name that better represents the individual's identity — e.g., gender identity or gender expression, racial, religious, cultural.
  • Name adapted to English usage in place of a non-English personal name.
  • Name to which the individual is in the process of legally changing.
  • Stage or performance name. 

Students submit their chosen name through the Office of the Registrar's Student Information Data Change Form. Employees submit their chosen name through a Human Capital Services form.

The university may revoke or deny a chosen name if a person’s selection or use of a chosen name is for the purpose of, or results in, misrepresentation, misidentification, fraud, avoiding a legal obligation, libel, discrimination including harassment, threats, inciting violence, lewdness, obscenity, profanity, or promotion of commercial purposes.

Read the policy.