The University of Texas recognizes that students, faculty, and staff may use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. Students can designate a Chosen Name for certain university records, except for those that require a legal first name by law or university policy. SSD will use a student’s Chosen Name in place of a legal name for all communication and documents if a student has designated a Chosen Name through the Registrar’s office.
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. Automatic communication from SSD uses they/them pronouns or “the student” in order to remain gender neutral in communication about all students.
SSD only updates records from the Registrar once a semester so if a student registered with SSD changes their legal name or designates a Chosen Name after registering with SSD they should contact their Disabilities Services Coordinator so we can update their record accordingly in a more timely manner.
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.
- Designation a Chosen Name with UT
- 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