The University of Texas recognizes that students, faculty, and staff may use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Individuals may choose to be identified by a designated/preferred name for certain university records, except for those that require a legal first name by law or university policy. This preferred name will appear on: class rosters, grade sheets, the online student directory, TED (the public Texas Enterprise Directory), Canvas (course information management system), and official UT identification cards. Currently, the official university transcript and diploma cannot be changed without a legal name change.
At SSD we welcome, value, and support students of all gender identities and sexualities. We are committed to continue learning and implementing processes to build a more inclusive, informed, and compassionate community. Throughout the registration process with SSD, we have intentionally updated our forms and processes to give students the opportunity to provide and use their preferred names and pronouns in interactions with the SSD office.
Unfortunately, because SSD obtains data from the Registrar’s office we are unable to only share student’s “preferred name” on automated communication and documents generated by SSD. A student’s legal name will appear along with their preferred name on SSD records and communications including
- Course Load Reduction correspondence
- Full-Time Status letters
- Accommodation Letters
- SSD Student and Instructor Portal
- Other letters or documents related to use of accommodation
Automatic communication from SSD uses they/them pronouns or “the student” in order to remain gender neutral in communication about all students. We recognize this can be frustrating for students and we continue to explore options for change along with the Office of the Registrar and the Gender and Sexuality Center.
If a student registered with SSD changes their legal name they should let us know so we can update their record accordingly. We are working diligently to create a more inclusive environment, and we do acknowledge the limitations and inequities that exist for transgender and non-binary students. If you have any ideas or input on ways to make our office more inclusive, please feel free to contact us.
- Procedures for Designating a Name in Use and Gender Marker at UT
- UT Gender & Sexuality Center
- Gender Inclusive Restrooms at UT
- GLSEN: I’m a Trans, Disabled Young Person, Not One or the Other
- Here’s What Transgender People with Disabilities Want You to Know
- Infographic: LGBT People with Disabilities