UMBC recognizes that any student, faculty, or staff member may choose to identify themselves within the University community with a chosen first name that differs from their legal (primary) name. As long as the use of a chosen name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a chosen name should be used whenever possible in the course of university business and education. Chosen names will be used in campus communications (including email and mail sent to your home and mailing addresses) class and grade rosters, and online self-service advising and academic information.
If you would like UMBC to use a chosen name that is different from your legal name (for example, Bob instead of Robert), you can easily do so on your myUMBC profile page. Note that this will only affect internal university processes, like the Campus Card, class roster or Blackboard, and will not change your legal (primary) name with the University, where the use of the legal (primary) name necessitated by University business or legal requirement.
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