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Principles for Use of Preferred Name


Princeton recognizes that many students prefer to use first names other than their legal ones to identify themselves.  As long as the use of this preferred name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a “preferred name” can and should be used where possible in the course of University business and education.

Therefore, beginning the fall semester of 2013-2014, any student may choose to identify a preferred first name in addition to their legal name.  The student’s preferred name will be used in the university directory, in many communications, on class rosters, and in reporting, except where the use of the legal name is required.  For example, some records, such as paychecks and transcripts, require use of a legal name; in such circumstances, the University will not be able to use the preferred name.  However, whenever reasonably possible, “preferred name” will be used.

Inappropriate use of the preferred name, including but not limited to misrepresentation or attempting to avoid a legal obligation, may be cause for denying the request.

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