Chosen Name For Students

Chosen Name

A student may choose a name other than their legal name to identify themselves at Missouri State University.  A chosen name is different than the student’s legal name.   Refer to the Chosen Name policy for more information.

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

Legal Name

Adding a chosen name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. A student’s official name is their legal name. Use the Change of Student Information form to update your legal name.

Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Chosen Name

Under 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.

Display of chosen name

The primary goal of the chosen name policy is to provide a consistent chosen name experience across university systems. Once the student provides a chosen name, some systems will display it immediately. Others may take up to 24 hours to reflect the change. Historical notes in systems will not be updated to reflect chosen name changes.

Systems under assessment

University infrastructure is multi-faceted and complex. Each system must be evaluated individually. As systems are evaluated, administrators for those systems will be included in the development and discussion. Refer to the Chosen Name Display Status list in Experts often for updates.

Systems where legal name must remain

Legal name is used where required by university business 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
  • Employment, payroll and benefit documentation, web pages and forms
  • External clinical placements
  • Licensing certification agencies

More systems may be added as they are evaluated. Refer to Chosen Name FAQ for information about why legal name must remain.

Systems that display Chosen Name

  • Advisee List
  • Advising Notes/Releases
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Class List (for email/Excel option)
  • Dean's List
  • Diploma
  • Enrollment Verification Letter
  • Office 365
  • Registration Status
  • BearPass Card
  • Web People Search
  • Residence Life Roommate Assignment