Student Display Name Change Request

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee recognizes that students may choose to identify themselves within the university community with a preferred first and/or middle name that differs from their legal name. The goal of the Student Preferred Name option at UWM is to provide a consistent preferred name experience across University systems and use of one’s preferred name wherever legal name is not absolutely necessary.

As long as the use of the preferred first and/or middle name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, it will appear instead of the legal name in select university systems and documents except where the use of the legal name is required by university business or legal need.

Places Where Preferred Name Will Appear

  • PAWS (Class roster, grade roster, Student Center, Student Services Center (staff-view) and Online Academic Advisement Report)
  • D2L
  • UWM Online Campus Directory
  • Office 365
  • More coming soon!

Places Where Preferred Name Will NOT Appear (Legal Name Required)

  • Official UWM Transcript
  • Enrollment Verifications
  • Student Financial Accounts
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources (Student Employment)

Requesting a Preferred Name

Students can use the Preferred Name Request Form to indicate a preferred first and/or middle name. This form also can be used to alter or remove an existing preferred name.  Requests are typically processed within 1-3 business days, at which time the preferred name will appear in the systems identified above.  Any questions about the processing of a preferred name request can be directed to the Registrar’s Office via our online contact form

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Owner:Help Desk K.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2014-11-29 08:48 CDTUpdated:2017-07-21 15:12 CDT
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