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Wayne State University allows all students and employees to register a preferred name with the university. This adds to the safe and welcoming environment on campus, where everyone knows that their identity is important to the university, its faculty and its staff.
What is a preferred name?
A preferred name is a name someone wishes to be known by when they attend class, receive most services at the university and communicate with the university.
Where will a preferred name be displayed?
The preferred name tool allows you to change your name as displayed in Academica, Wayne Connect, class rosters, directory information, advising systems and more. The Preferred Name Committee is working on reducing visibility of your legal name to only where it is required – e.g., diplomas, pay stubs, financial aid, tax forms and other regulated documents. If you have legally changed your name, you may follow the normal process with the Office of the Registrar.
If you come across a system that still displays legal names instead of preferred names, contact Wayne State Information Privacy Officer Michael Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I get a new OneCard?
New OneCards will be issued in your preferred name. Visit onecard.wayne.edu for information on how to obtain a new OneCard. Students who have recently updated their preferred name and who cannot afford the OneCard replacement fee can ask for the fee waiver form at the OneCard office.
How do I provide the university my preferred name?
Follow the steps below to manage your preferred name.
- Log in to Academica.
- Under the Settings menu, click Account Management.
- Click Set Preferred Name under the Account Management menu.
- Enter your first and last name in the appropriate boxes (middle name is optional) and click Next. You may only use letters — numbers and symbols cannot be entered.
- You will see your entries. If you want to make a change, click Back. Otherwise, click Submit.
- The system will confirm that your request is being processed. Please allow up to 48 hours for university systems to reflect changes made.
If you want to change your personalized email name or create a preferred email address, you may select those options in the Account Management menu and follow the prompts. There is, however, no need to set a preferred name unless it differs from your legal name.
I use Banner and don’t want to make a mistake. How do I find a student’s preferred name in Banner?
Banner has not been modified to display the preferred name on the forms. The university is expecting the vendor to make these changes in an upcoming release, but it has not yet happened. Modifying Banner forms is too large-scale a project for the university to maintain, so a change in procedure is needed. You should always start a search for a student on the SPAIDEN form. Once you enter the student’s Banner ID or AccessID, click the Alternate Identification tab. Look for the record where the Name Type = PREF. The most recent one is the student’s preferred name.
What if I have questions?