U-M Preferred Names Policy

What Is a Preferred Name?

You may prefer to be called by a name that is different from your legal name. You may wish to have this name replace your legal name in your university records and documents. The university allows you to do this by setting a preferred name in Wolverine Access. Some records, such as paychecks, that require use of a legal name may not accept a preferred name; however, your preferred name will be used whenever possible.

You can also set a Chosen Name in your MCommunity Directory profile separately.

Preferred Names Policy

The policy text appears as follows:

The university recognizes that as a community many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different name is not for the purposes of misrepresentation, the university acknowledges that a "preferred name" can and should be used wherever possible in the course of university business and education.

Therefore, it is the policy of the university that any student, active or retired faculty or staff member, or alumni may choose to identify themselves within the university's information systems with a preferred name in addition to the person's legal name. It is further understood that the person's preferred name shall be used in all university communications and reporting except where the use of the legal name is required by university business or legal need.

The individual is free to determine the preferred name he or she wants to be known by in the university's information systems. However, inappropriate use of the preferred name policy (including but not limited to avoiding a legal obligation or misrepresentation) may be cause for denying the request.

Who Can Set a Preferred Name?

Only individuals with access to Wolverine Access can set preferred names. Students on the Ann Arbor campus and employees of the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses can set preferred names. Sponsored affiliates who have Wolverine Access entries (regular uniqnames and UMIDs) can also set preferred names.

Setting a Preferred Name in Wolverine Access

Visit Campus Personal Information on Wolverine Access to set your preferred name online.

Setting a Chosen Name in the MCommunity Directory

See Setting a Chosen Name in MCommunity.


Last Updated: 
Friday, April 7, 2017