Chosen Name For Students

Display of chosen name

The primary goal of the chosen name policy is to provide a consistent chosen name experience across university systems. Students may choose a first and middle name other than their legal name to identify themselves at Missouri State. Historical notes in systems will not be updated to reflect chosen name changes. More University systems will be reviewed for use of chosen name when technically feasible and where legal name is not required.

Students can provide their chosen first and middle names under the Student tab, in the My Student Profile channel of My Missouri State.

Where legal name must remain

Legal name is used where required by university business processes, federal or state codes and regulations or where use of chosen name is not technically feasible. Legal name will remain in:

  • Magers Health and Wellness Center
  • Financial Aid systems and forms
  • International Services systems and forms (SEVIS)
  • Employment, payroll and benefit documentation, web pages and forms
  • External clinical placements
  • Licensing certification agencies

Students may use the Change of Student Information form to update their legal name.

Additional information

  • University official policy: Chosen Name.
  • For more detailed information, refer to the Chosen Name FAQ.
  • Under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a student’s name, including chosen name, may be disclosed to the public as directory information unless the student opts not to permit such disclosure (i.e., FERPA Hold).  To revoke the disclosure of directory information or learn more about FERPA, visit the FERPA website and policy.